Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is warning consumers, especially seniors on Medicare, to be cautious of scams related to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
The federal health law, often referred to as Obamacare, has prompted some criminal activity, Horne’s office says.
Officials say fake websites, attempts to steal consumers’ personal information and the sale of bogus Affordable Care Act cards have been reported across the country.
Both Horne’s office and the Pima Council on Aging are trying to get the word out that seniors on Medicare are not affected by the Affordable Care Act. It is against the law for anyone to sell a marketplace plan to someone they know is covered by Medicare.
Seniors should not share their Medicare number or Social Security number with anyone who tries to sell them a health plan, or who says they need a new Medicare card because of the Affordable Care Act
The Health Insurance Marketplace, which opened on Oct. 1, lets individuals, families and small businesses learn about health-coverage options and enroll in an appropriate plan. Arizona consumers who want to learn more should visit the government’s official website, www.healthcare.gov, or call 1-800-318-2596 (TTY 1-855-889-4325).
Scams can be reported to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office by filing a consumer complaint at www.azag.gov. A complaint form can be requested by calling 628-6504 or 1-800-352-8431.