Minnesotans Receive Misleading Emails on Health Care Coverage

Updated: 10/25/2013 10:02 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

"Buy health insurance right now or face a hefty fine", that's the message a West St. Paul man found in his email inbox.

"It says attention Larry, health care coverage is now mandatory in the U.S. the fines can be more than $1000," Larry Kruse, of Burnsville, read from his laptop screen.

KSTP took the strongly worded email to the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota.

Dan Hendrickson tells us this is the first local case he's heard about concerning scare tactics and the Affordable Care Act.
He says, the information in the email is misleading, "based on the information the Better Business Bureau has collected, individual fines for people who don't have health insurance next year will not be that high. In fact it'll be about $100 per person by and large--and the family maximum is about 300 dollars.”

If you receive a similar phone call or email that asks for personal information that usually is a red flag. The Better Business Bureau suggests hanging up the phone or deleting the email.