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Health officials warn of scams when signing up for insurance


Starting Tuesday, millions of Americans can start enrolling for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  Because this is never been done before and there are still a lot of questions, this is a scam artist's dream.

The Missouri Attorney General came out to warn people of his concerns like scam artists asking people to pay a fee for helping them sign up for insurance, but instead of helping you they get your valuable social security and credit card information. 

Officials with Hannibal Regional Healthcare say there are things you can look out for.  First, if you are on Medicare, you do not have to sign up for insurance.  The other thing is if someone contacts you asking for you to sign up, it will most likely be a scam because CEO Todd Ahrens said the federal government will not contact you.  Ahrens said while it can be complicated, but if you treat purchasing insurance like you would anything else on the internet, it's easy to avoid scammers. 

"You know think of buying something from Amazon or a credit card company through the phone. If they called you saying hey I'm selling something give me your credit card number would you do it? No and the same should apply here," Ahrens said. 

Ahrens said the deadline to get insurance is January 1st next year but because it takes time to get the information processed, he would recommend you signing up no later than mid December. 

If you still have questions on what you need to know to sign up for insurance, you can click on the link.  

To purchase insurance, you can click on the link or call 1-800-318-2596.   

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