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Health insurance enrollment scam operating in Kansas

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A health insurance enrollment scam is reportedly circulating the state.

The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved said consumers reported receiving calls from an aggressive marketer who claimed to be with the National Health Enrollment Center.

The scammer then claims to sell health insurance off the federal marketplace — the government-run health insurance site set up through the Affordable Care Act.

The National Health Enrollment Center is not affiliated with the marketplace and does not make unsolicited calls to individuals.

The scammers call from a variety of phone numbers, but phone numbers can be manipulated to appear local.

If you receive unsolicited calls from anyone trying to assist in insurance enrollment, call the Kansas Attorney General at 785-296-3751, or the Kansas Insurance Department at 785-296-7829.

Tips to avoid health insurance enrollment scams

▪ Healthcare.gov is the only official health insurance site for the federal exchange.

▪ Do not give out personal information over the phone unless you initiated the interaction.

▪ Enrollment assistance organizations do not make unsolicited calls.

▪ To receive assistance with purchasing health insurance from the exchange, visit coverks.org.

Sources: Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved; Sedgwick County Consumer Protection Division

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