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Affordable Care Act Scams

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On October 1st the Healthcare Marketplace goes online but some are taking advantage of those looking for affordable care.

"Some people around the country are illegally taking advantage of the opportunity or the marketplace and so they are calling or soliciting consumers or people asking for information asking for social security numbers asking for payment." Said Wesley Watkins of UDB Insurance.

 Through phone calls, email and even in person, would-be identity thieves are posing as Government Officials to gather personal information.

"Whenever a new process to something as sensitive to us as health insurance is introduced and people are confused about it makes it easy for scammers to get things from you that you ordinarily would not give up." Said Darrell Langlois of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana.

The health insurance marketplace, part of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect on October 1st but scammers are already taking advantage of the new law to get you personal information or even your money.

Better Business Bureau Manager Ellis Isom was himself almost a victim of a similar scammer who used changes in the healthcare system as a means to get personal information.  

"I've had one a couple nights ago we get calls, two three times a day sometimes on this medical alert." Said Isom.

Those who deal with identity theft say it's more important than ever to take steps to avoid becoming a victim. @ 

"Make sure you're talking to a qualified agent or enroller certified in this law, don't give that to anyone over the phone, or someone you don't know." Said Watkins. @

Fighting back can be a relatively simple process.  

"I just hang up" Said Isom.

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