INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A warning for anyone signing up for health care as part of the Affordable Care Act. Since the open enrollment began on October 1, the state office has been getting calls about possible schemes.
Because there are thousands of people out there who are looking for insurance, that means the environment is prime for schemers to take advantage.
“We've heard about the ones where people are knocking on the door, calling you up or sending e-mails,” said Terry Tolliver, Deputy Director for the Consumer Protection Division of the State Attorney General’s office.
Just 10 days after open enrollment began, Tolliver says he's already getting calls from consumers who say people have called and tried to take advantage of them.
“Where they'll call you and threaten you with jail time if you don't have insurance, you'll be going to jail, that's not what's going to happen,” said Tolliver.
While there are still so many questions about the law, Tolliver says one thing you can be sure of is -- the government will not contact you.
“The government is not going to call you at home or send someone to your door, asking you to sign up for the Affordable Care Act.”
So he says don't give out information to anyone who calls you, unless it's someone you know, like your current insurance company. He also says when looking for information online, beware of sites designed to take your personal information.
“You'll see a lot of websites popping up where it mentions Affordable Care Act or Obamacare,” said Tolliver.
While some of those sites may be legitimate, he says if you want to sign up for federal health care, the only site he would trust is www.healthcare.gov.
He says if you think you’ve been a victim of a scheme, or if you want more information about health care options head to www.indianaconsumer.com.
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