Health Care Scams

FAIRBANKS- The Better Business Bureau is warning Alaskans about scams related to the Affordable Care Act. The open enrollment period starts today, and scammers understand many Americans are confused about their rights with the new program. They recommend the following:

*Don't pay for help navigating the federal website–certified helpers are not allowed to charge for their services.

*Hold onto current insurance cards; coverage will continue if it meets the minimum requirements and there's no need for new insurance or Medicare cards.

*Hang up on someone claiming to be a "government officials" who wants to "verify" personal information; government agencies will never make these types of requests.

* Lastly, Don't give out personal information to unsolicited callers.

For those needing assistance, call the Alaska statewide information at 211. Operators will connect you with enrollment specialist in the area.