The Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace is a new online store where Illinois residents and small businesses can compare and enroll in medical and dental insurance. Today, Attorney General Lisa Madigan warned Illinois residents to use caution to avoid scam artists who may try to take advantage of this new program.
As with any new government program, residents need to beware of con artist that will take advantage of the change and confusion connected with start up periods. Criminals will try to collect personal or financial information to steal your identity and your money and unscrupulous sales people will try to sell “discount medical plans” that really do not save you money, or they may not be legitimate health insurance plans.
Attorney General Madigan share tips to avoid scams:
- Do not pay for help, do not give cash, your credit card or banking information to someone you do not know or did not contact.
- Make sure any specialist you work with is certified by visiting the Illinois Department of Insurance website. Starting October 1st, the database will be updated on a rolling basis, check back periodically.
- Guard your personal information, do not give out your personal information to anyone who calls you, e-mails or comes knocking on your door.
- The Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace does not offer Medicare.
- Use the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace for one-stop safe insurance shopping.
To report identity theft, consumers should call their local police and then call the Attorney General’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630 (TTY: 1-877-844-5461).