CLEVELAND, April 10 (UPI) — Healthcare reform was only days old when scammers began trying to sell consumers phony health insurance policies, a U.S. health insurance company warns.
Brien Shanahan, director of legal affairs at Medical Mutual of Ohio, says bogus health insurance policy pitches may come via e-mail, online ads, people going door-to-door, or telemarketers.
“The scam may include fake coverage, where you end up making huge payments for a worthless piece of paper with totally worthless benefits,” Shanahan says in a statement.
“Some may even offer enticements such as ‘medical discount’ cards, which are also worthless.”
To prevent becoming a victim of healthcare reform fraud Shanahan advises to:
– Always investigate the policy and never buy insurance online or over the telephone.
– Never buy health insurance based on suspicious mailers, fliers or ads.
– Do not respond to high-pressure or fear tactics.
– Never reveal Social Security numbers.
– Shop around and compare coverage.
– Verify the company’s license with the state.
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