How To Spot Health Insurance Scams

Nevada Insurance Enrollment Asks: Would You Recognize These Common Health Insurance Scams?

LAS VEGAS - nvtip -- There are numerous health insurance options and navigating the system can feel a little daunting. Unfortunately, scammers take advantage of people's confusion by pretending to offer cheap, hassle-free help with obtaining health insurance coverage.

Unfortunately, these inferior health insurance plans underdeliver. In many cases, the coverage that you get is much skimpier than what was advertised. Other times, the coverage is completely fake, and the scammers take your money and sensitive personal information and provide nothing in return.

According to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, health insurance scams account for up to 10% of total health care expenditures, equaling more than $300 billion annually. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act makes health care fraud a felony, providing some protection to consumers. Unfortunately, this is still a huge problem, particularly during the Open Enrollment Period.

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Identifying Health Insurance Scams

The Scam: Pay for a New Medicare Card or Lose Your Coverage

Scammers target older adults with phone calls claiming that they are approaching their Medicare card's expiration date and that they will lose their health insurance coverage unless they pay a renewal fee.

The Truth
Currently, federal regulations do not require Medicare beneficiaries to obtain new Medicare cards. If you lose your card or it becomes too faded to use, you can easily replace it by contacting 1-800-MEDICARE. Neglecting to do so does not result in loss of coverage.

The Scam: Fake Medical Discount Plans
Some scammers advertise paid health care discount programs that promise to cut down on your out-of-pocket health care costs. Some plans even claim to meet the Affordable Care Act's basic coverage requirements. DO NOT enroll into any plan unless you are speaking with a licensed agent that you can verify by visiting the Department of Insurance, and ensure the plan you are researching is an ACA Qualified Health Plan.

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The Truth
Medical discount plans are not always a reliable option for controlling health care costs. If you are considering a specific plan, contact the Nevada Division of Insurance (or your state's insurance commissioner's office) to find out if the plan you are considering is legit. You should also confirm that the plan can be used at your health care providers office. We do not recommend these plans. They do not have coverage like an ACA (Obamacare) plan does.

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Nevada Insurance Enrollment
4260 W. Craig Road suite #150-A
North Las Vegas, NV 89032

(702) 898-0554

Nevada Insurance Enrollment
Shelly Rogers
(702) 898-0554

Source: Nevada Insurance Enrollment

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