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State officials warn Iowans of Obamacare scams

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Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller warned Iowans on Wednesday to be cautious of scammers looking to take advantage of the complexity of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Miller said no one has lost money from an Obamacare scam in Iowa yet, but that it's possible because scam artists across the country are preying on people who are already confused with enrollment for the Affordable Care Act.

"I think that people haven't been taken for a lot of money yet, and that's the whole idea -- to stop it, to prevent it," said Miller. 

"As we've learned in Consumer Protection if you can prevent fraud it's so much better than trying to get the money later," he said.

Miller said there are three scenarios that are areas of concern at his office:

1.) When companies sell healthcare products and imply or state they're part of the government

2.) When companies sell healthcare products as a "qualified plan" under the Affordable Care Act, and they're not

3.) When an individual or company calls people seeking personal information over the phone

Miller said if a person suspects a scam, he or she should contact the Iowa Insurance Division: www.IowaFraudFighters.gov or 1-877-955-1212, and/or the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division: www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.gov or (515) 281-5926.

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