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Thieves Use Confusion Over Affordable Care Act to Strike

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In just a few weeks, open enrollment starts for the affordable care act, but not everyone fully understands the new law.

That's leaving room for thieves to take advantage.

The best way to protect yourself is to just hang up the phone.

It's common advice when it comes to keeping your identity safe from thieves calling to get your personal information.

Leonard Crain with the Better Business Bureau said, "That is the red flag. If you don't hang the phone up what's going to happen is you're going to wind up giving your social security number and other personal information to somebody over the phone that you don't know."

Crain said because the affordable care act is confusing to many con artists are tricking people who are letting their guard down.

They are telling folks in order to get their health insurance cards they need to give up their information.

Crain is hoping to get the word out before calls start coming to Columbus.

He said, "Primarily the activity that we've seen so far is in Washington DC and Chicago and we're expecting that that's going to go nationwide."

That's an easy assumption to make because on October 1 open enrollment begins for the new healthcare law and that affects the whole country.

Dr. Paula Walker with Columbus State University explained a website www.healthcare.gov is being used for enrollment and you'll never get a phone call.

She said, "The US Government is not going to start calling people on October 1 asking them to enroll in insurance or to get your insurance card you need to give me your personal identification."

Walker commented, "For people who don't have insurance just start an account on the website and they can go ahead and look at insurance plans that are offered in their state that fit their medical needs that fit their budget and then enroll in those plans, but if you have insurance through your employer then you don't have to do anything."

If you're not Internet savvy, public sessions at libraries may available for people to get their questions answered.

Visit this link for more information: https://www.healthcare.gov/

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