Avoiding scams once new healthcare plan rolls out

    8:47 PM, Aug 27, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials are warning people that along with the new healthcare roll out will come scammers on the hunt for your personal information.

    Since we're entering new territory here, THV 11 wants you to know what you should look out for. Open enrollment is set for October, and a lot of us are confused on how it will all work, and many will be looking for guidance. Scammers know this, so you better believe they're thinking of tactics.

    First off, you can enroll anywhere from October 1 through March 31, 2014; however, coverage will not start until January 1, 2014. If anyone is promising you coverage before then, you can bet that it's a scam.

    There is no fee to enroll or to create an account, so authorities are warning others to beware of telemarketers asking for personal information or money.

    "We have heard that in other states already there have been scammers starting to take advantage of the changes coming with Affordable Care Act, so we want to be sure that Arkansans are on alert," said Cynthia Crone with the Arkansas Insurance Commission.

    Crone said there are two logos that you'll see on anything associated with the act.

    She also reminded other to never give out their Social Security, Medicare, credit card numbers, or banking information to anyone that you haven't contacted.

    We've got a special tab created and past stories of what to know before you enroll for the new healthcare on our website. Check it out here: http://on.kthv.com/15D6RR8

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