St. Louis, Mo., July 2, 2012 – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams related to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act. Scams related to the federal health insurance law were reported almost as soon as the act was passed, and they’re likely to surface again.
In 2010, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius notified state attorneys general and insurance commissioners that scammers were knocking on doors to sell phony policies, claiming there was a limited enrollment period and urging consumers to buy quickly. However, it will be two years before expanded coverage is available, and it’s very unlikely that it then would be sold door-to-door.
“These types of scams often crop up when there is news of a big change in government policy, whether it’s health insurance or tax credits.
Consumers who suspect fraud can contact the Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-726-7390 or through the insurance department website, insurance.mo.gov. Illinois consumers can contact their state insurance department by calling 1-877-527-9431 or going online to insurance.illinois.gov.
The BBB has tips for consumers who are approached by door-to-door salespeople or unsolicited emails:
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 (812) 473.0202 or at