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BBB Warns of Affordable Health Care Act Scams

Posted at: 09/17/2013 8:38 PM
Updated at: 09/17/2013 9:19 PM
By: Cassie Hart

As a major program rolls out soon for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), scams are starting to pop up, according to the Better Business Bureau.
     
For Marian Kerr it started with a call to her Nebraska home. Someone claimed to be from Washington, D.C. with important changes to her healthcare.
     
They asked if her age was right, and it wasn't. Then she mistakenly revealed her age, birth date, address, social security number, and bank information. She thought she was just confirming what the caller already knew.

Consumer watchdogs say they get complaints every day.

ACA enrollment in what's referred to as the health insurance exchange begins on October 1, 2013, with coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

Uninsured individuals will be required to purchase health insurance coverage by March 31, 2014 or face penalties as part of the individual mandate.

Minnesota is one of 16 states plus the District of Columbia building its own exchange - MNsure - a "one-stop" health insurance marketplace where people can find and compare health plans.

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