Government officials warn of health care scams

Published 09/27 2013 04:14PM

Updated 09/27 2013 07:12PM

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV)--Government officials are warning consumers of several scams pertaining to the Affordable Care Act.

“People are receiving phone calls claiming to be from the Federal government or Medicare,” said Susan Bach with the Better Business Bureau in Appleton.

In the last week, the Federal Trade Commission has received dozens of complaints about various health care scams.

“The opportunity for scammers with this Affordable Health Care Act is probably greater than anything we’ve seen before,” said Bach.

So how can you protect yourself?

Partnership Community Health Center Development Director, Trish Sarvela, said “The federal government never calls saying this is the Federal government and no one will call to take your enrollment over the phone.”

“Don’t trust your caller ID because devices can be purchased that can spoof ID’s and trick your caller ID at home,” said Bach.

However, people who received letters concerning their Badger Care coverage will be getting phone calls soon.

“Badger Care will be making personal calls not to solicit information from people, just saying did you get our letter, do you have any questions?” said Trish.

If you do receive a fictitious phone call or e-mail, contact the Wisconsin commissioner of insurance or your local law enforcement agency.

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