BBB: Healthcare Law Scams

Posted on: 11:59 am, July 5, 2012, by

(KTVI) – The Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act was handed down just last week, and already the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams related to federal health care law.

Chris Thetford of the BBB explained more about those scams.

Missouri consumers who suspect fraud can contact the Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-726-7390 or through the insurance department website, http://insurance.mo.gov.

Illinois consumers can contact their state insurance department by calling 1-877-527-9431 or going online to http://insurance.illinois.gov.

The BBB has tips for consumers who are approached by door-to-door salespeople:

• High-pressure tactics are often a part of fraudulent door-to-door sales and solicitations. Don’t let yourself be hurried, intimidated or coerced.

• If you are interested in buying from a door-to-door seller, get everything in writing, including price, warranty and all conditions.  Tell the salesperson you will check over the information and get back to him or her.

• Always ask for proper identification before listening to the pitch.

• Never let a stranger inside your home.

• If you feel threatened, call the police.

• Be skeptical of email offers or pop-up ads touting health insurance. Legitimate insurance companies aren`t likely to contact you online to sell insurance.

If you have concerns about salespeople who are knocking on your door, calling you on the phone, or sending you e-mail, contact the BBB at (314) 645-3300 or at www.bbb.org for a BBB Business Review on the company.