Changes in Health Insurance: Where to Learn More
Health insurance is changing under the Affordable Care Act. Starting on October 1, 2013, people who are uninsured or who buy their own coverage can sign up for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Why write about this now, if enrollment doesn’t start until October? Because we’ve already heard from consumers and other federal agencies that scammers are trying to convince people to act, and give up money or personal information. Scammers want to get to you before you have time to think.
You can’t sign up now, but you can start learning about your choices and get ready to enroll. Go to HealthCare.gov, or call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk with a customer service representative. Go to the site — or call — again in October to create your account and shop for qualified health plans.
And please: if you see someone trying to enroll people for health insurance under the Act before October 1, 2013, say something. Every report helps us find and stop the bad guys. If you get a call like this, report it to the FTC. The phone number on your caller ID — if there is one — or the caller’s name or location — is helpful information for investigators and fraud fighters. You can report online or by phone, toll-free, at 1-877-FTC-HELP. Your report might help stop the scammers, and it could help keep others from being scammed.