BBB Warning: Beware Medicare and ACA Scams During Open Enrollment

Arlington, Va.

Open enrollment is now going on for both Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”). Both started in October and continue through December (Medicare through Dec. 7 and the ACA through Dec. 15).

Selecting a health insurance plan can be challenging and complex. Scammers know this and use open enrollment as an opportunity to take advantage of unwary consumers. Some dishonest brokers may try to sell you plans that don’t fit your needs just to benefit them financially. Scammers may pose as government representatives to steal your identity.

Check the full article on for tips on avoiding and reporting open enrollment scams.

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About the Author: Carrie Brunner

Carrie Brunner grew up in a small town in northern New Brunswick. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Carrie writes mostly on provincial stories.
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