Official: Expect fraud attempts when enrollment in insurance exchange begins

State Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford (photo by John Lyon)

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) - Scammers are likely to try to take advantage of the public when guides begin helping people enroll in the new health insurance exchange, state Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford said Tuesday.

"They'll come out of the woodwork," Bradford said at a joint meeting of the House and Senate committees on insurance and commerce. "We've all got to be conscious of that."

Bradford told legislators that the real guides, about 500 people who will be contracted by various organizations and paid with federal grant money, will be trained and certified by the state, but some uncertified people likely will claim falsely to be guides. Scammers typically strike whenever big changes occur in federal health insurance programs, he said.

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