In a May 10 blog, “The Affordable Care Act: When Scams Follow the News,” Tracey Thomas, a Federal Trade Commission attorney, warns consumers of unscrupulous people trying to convince consumers to sign up now for health insurance through the new law’s Health Insurance Marketplace.
The problem, the author stresses, is that consumers cannot enroll for marketplace health insurance under the Affordable Care Act until Oct. 1.
“Scammers,” Thomas writes, “always want to get your money before you have time to stop and think.”
Remember the date, Oct. 1, 2013: “That’s the first time anyone, anywhere can sign up for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace” under the ACA. Thomas states.
Do not let others fool you or people you know to “act now” to enroll in the health insurance coverage.
If you are aware of instances in which this is occurring, you may report it to the FTC through its “Complaint Assistant” process, available online at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/.
While the FTC does not resolve individual complaints, filing complaints with the agency can help to provide it with information establishing a pattern of wrong-doing. That may lead to investigation and prosecution.
Information on complaints received is also placed into “Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database that is used by thousands of civil and criminal law enforcement authorities worldwide.”