Beware of scams related to health law

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 scams, 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,, 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 A complaint form can be requested by calling 628-6504 or 1-800-352-8431.

Upcoming health fair to offer many services

A Community Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 23, a Wednesday, at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, 140 W. Speedway.

The fair, open to the public, will have University of Arizona medical students provide — at no charge — stroke risk assessments along with blood pressure and glucose screening. Dental tips and toothbrushes, free flu vaccines, free food, cooking demonstrations and a free raffle will also be offered.

St. Elizabeth’s is a U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Navigator site, so attendees can learn more about the Affordable Health Care Act, Arizona’s new Health Insurance Marketplace and the state’s Medicaid services managed through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. (AHCCCS)

Last year, St. Elizabeth’s provided more than 17,800 medical and 6,300 dental treatments to uninsured and underserved individuals. Known as “St. E’s,” the clinic is run by a small paid staff with more than 100 volunteer physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners and other medical professionals.

Compiled by reporter Stephanie Innes. Contact her at