Nichole Hannahs

Affordable Health Care Scams Rise

by Nichole Hannahs on September 16, 2013 at 6:58 am

The State of Ohio sees a rise in scams connected to the new Affordable Health Care Act.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said these scammers call Ohio residents claiming to be from the United States Government. They tell the person on the phone that they need to get a new Medicaid card in order to be covered, which they do not.

DeWine said these scams often pop when new initiatives are added.

"Because of Obamacare and because of the changes people think maybe I do need it," said DeWine. "Well, they don’t need a new card and these are scammers and what they are trying to get to do is get you to give them your bank information, social security information, anything where they can get your money."

DeWine said while these callers can sound intimidating and official never give out personal information over the phone. He also advises not to panic.

"People give that up because they don’t know what to do," said DeWine. "They become intimidated, so my advice is somebody calls you up if they want something tell them to send you a letter. Tell them to put it in writing because many many times it’s a scam artist."

If you feel you’ve been a victim of a scam contact the Attorney General’s Office. DeWine said he suspects more scams connected to the Affordable Healthcare Act will pop up as more of the Healthcare Law goes into effect.