The new health care law is confusing to many, and the con artists are wasting no time in taking advantage of people’s uncertainty about the new rules. State insurance commissioners warn that con artists are calling, e-mailing, and even showing up at people’s doors trying to sell insurance policies they say are required under the new law.
The facts are that the requirement to have health insurance doesn’t begin until 2014, and there is no jail sentence involved for those who don’t carry insurance.
Scam artists are preying on people who are uninformed or confused about the new health care law. To protect yourself, become familiar with the main provisions in the law. And be sure to follow the general guidelines to avoid becoming a victim of fraud: Don’t give your credit card, bank account, or social security numbers to anyone you don’t know, and don’t sign up for anything without checking its legitimacy.