MADIGAN URGES ILLINOIS RESIDENTS TO BE ON LOOKOUT FOR SCAMS IN AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ROLLOUT
Chicago — As more than one million individuals, families and small businesses in Illinois start to sign up for health insurance and financial assistance through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace, Attorney General Lisa Madigan today urged Illinois residents to educate themselves and use caution to avoid scam artists who may try to take advantage of this new program.
The Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace is a new online store where Illinois residents and small businesses can compare and enroll in medical and dental insurance. The insurance plans available through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace are approved by the federal government for Illinois residents as part of the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, individuals who enroll through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace will be able to determine whether they qualify for Medicaid coverage under the expanded Medicaid program or for tax credits to help offset their insurance premium payments.
Certified specialists trained by the Illinois Department of Insurance or the federal government will be available in Illinois to help individuals and small businesses enroll in an insurance plan through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.
Scammers Taking Advantage
Unfortunately, as with any new government program, con artists will take advantage of the change and potential confusion. In some cases, these criminals will try to collect personal or financial information to steal your identity and your money. In other cases, unscrupulous sales people will try to sell “discount medical plans.” Those so-called discount plans may be insurance plans that really do not save you money, or they may not be legitimate health insurance plans at all.
Tips to Avoid Scams
Illinois residents who have questions about how to enroll in insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act or have other general inquiries should visit www.getcoveredillinois.gov or call 1-866-311-1119. Consumers who wish to report a fraudulent solicitation should visit www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov to download a complaint form or call the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotlines:
Finally, to report identity theft, consumers should call their local police and then call the Attorney General’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630 (TTY: 1-877-844-5461).