Would You Recognize These Common Health Insurance Scams?
There are numerous health insurance options and navigating the system can feel a little daunting. Unfortunately, scammers take advantage of people’s confusion by pretending to offer cheap, hassle-free help with obtaining health insurance coverage.
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Unfortunately, these inferior health insurance plans underdeliver. In many cases, the coverage that you get is much skimpier than what was advertised. Other times, the coverage is completely fake, and the scammers take your money and sensitive personal information and provide nothing in return.
According to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, health insurance scams account for up to 10% of total health care expenditures, equaling more than $300 billion annually. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act makes health care fraud a felony, providing some protection to consumers. Unfortunately, this is still a huge problem, particularly during the Open Enrollment Period.
Identifying Health Insurance Scams
The Scam: Pay for a New Medicare Card or Lose Your Coverage
Scammers target older adults with phone calls claiming that they are approaching their Medicare card’s expiration date and that they will lose their health insurance coverage unless they pay a renewal fee.
Currently, federal regulations do not require Medicare beneficiaries to obtain new Medicare cards. If you lose your card or it becomes too faded to use, you can easily replace it by contacting 1-800-MEDICARE. Neglecting to do so does not result in loss of coverage.
The Scam: Fake Medical Discount Plans
Some scammers advertise paid health care discount programs that promise to cut down on your out-of-pocket health care costs. Some plans even claim to meet the Affordable Care Act’s basic coverage requirements. DO NOT enroll into any plan unless you are speaking with a licensed agent that you can verify by visiting the Department of Insurance, and ensure the plan you are researching is an ACA Qualified Health Plan. Here’s where you can verify the license in Nevada: http://di.nv.gov/ins/f?p=licensing:search
Medical discount plans are not always a reliable option for controlling health care costs. If you are considering a specific plan, contact the Nevada Division of Insurance (or your state’s insurance commissioner’s office) to find out if the plan you are considering is legit. You should also confirm that the plan can be used at your health care providers office. We do not recommend these plans. They do not have coverage like an ACA (Obamacare) plan does.
The Scam: Provide Sensitive Personal Information to Get a Price Quote
A scam website may require you to put in sensitive personal information to get a price quote for health insurance. This may include your Social Security Number, credit card number or bank account number. Always speak with a licensed agent.
Providing general personal information is required for getting an accurate price quote for health insurance. This typically includes your zip code, age, household income and whether you smoke. A website that requires detailed or sensitive information could be fraudulent.
Finding the Best Health Insurance with Nevada Insurance Enrollment
One of the simplest ways to ensure that you do not fall for one of these health insurance scams is to enroll in a policy with the help of an experienced health insurance agent. At Nevada Insurance Enrollment, we help you find affordable health insurance that provides the coverage you need.
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