July 25, 2016

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More warnings of health care scamming

State officials are warning consumers to avoid scams related to the nation’s new health care law.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says scammers often pretend to be associated with the government to make their ploys seem real.

An attempted scam was reported last week in Medina Township. Township police Chief David Arbogast said his office received a call from a resident who said he was called by someone who said as part of the new Obamacare provisions, the resident would need a new Medicare and Social Security cards.

The resident refused to provide social security and financial information.

After the call the resident tried to call the number back, but found the caller was using a device that didn’t show his real number on the caller ID.

DeWine said Ohioans should guard personal information and never pay upfront fees. DeWine also cautions them to get information from reliable sources and watch out for phony websites.

Open enrollment for the federally run health insurance exchange in Ohio runs through next March. Coverage begins in January for those who select a plan by Dec. 15.

DeWine said reports of scams related to the Affordable Care Act initially surfaced in Ohio over the summer.

He urges consumers to report scams or suspicious activity to his office and the Ohio Department of Insurance.

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