State Warns of MNsure Scams as Sign-up Nears

Posted at: 09/20/2013 11:08 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Minnesota Department of Commerce is warning consumers about scams relating to the Affordable Care Act.

On October first, Minnesotans will be able to sign up for health insurance using the state's exchange, called MNsure. Commerce Department officials say for more than a year now, bogus websites have been created to lure unsuspecting consumers to share personal and financial information.

“We will act swiftly on behalf of consumers to stop fraud and abuse,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “Knowledge is the best defense against scams and fraud – I urge all consumers to take steps to protect themselves.”

One tactic being used by scammers is claims of a limited time promotional offer. They are calling consumers, trying to rush them into buying phony health coverage.

Know that open enrollment is from October 1st through March 31st of next year. You should never feel pressured to sign up for anything.

If you believe you have been a victim of a scam or fraud call the Consumer Response Team at 651-539-1600 or toll-free at 1-800-657-3602 (in Greater Minnesota).