The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

November 25, 2013

Attorney general warns of Obamacare scam

ATHENS —

The Alabama Attorney General’s office is warning residents about a scam involving the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – and attempted identity theft.

On Monday, Attorney General Luther Strange issued a consumer alert warning while detailing how consumers can protect themselves. The statement also provides information on how to safely access legitimate information about health care and insurance programs.

Strange said the only two ways to sign up for healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act is through its website, www.healthcare.gov, or by calling 1-800-318-2596. 

Consumers should not use any other website or hotline, should not give out any personal information to anyone who contacts them and should not pay anyone to help them, the statement said.

The statement said the only approved insurance providers for Alabama through online federal marketplaces are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and Humana. Other insurance policies that meet minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act may be offered online by private insurance companies.

Consumers may verify legitimate insurance carriers by contacting the Alabama Department of Insurance at www.aldoi.gov or by calling 334-269-3550.

For information, visit the attorney general’s website at www.ago.alabama.gov.  

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