KENNEWICK, WA-- State officials want people to watch out for a new type of health insurance fraud.
Consumers can now sign up for low-cost coverage under the Affordable Care Act and it's already become a target for scammers.
The new state website wahealthplanfinder.org is the place to go to sign up for health insurance, but state officials want you to make sure you don't share your information with the wrong place.
To protect yourself from a scammer, don't share your private information with someone who calls you or asks online, claiming to be with the state program.
Wahealthplanfinder.org won't ask for your information, unless you've already asked them for help.
Make sure you go to the right website, wahealthplanfinder.org. Some people are creating similar websites to catch consumers. So don't be fooled by imitations.
"Somebody asks you and says they're calling from wahealthplanfinder and they'd like your personal information, basically, you should not be giving that information out because that's not what we will be doing," said Ruvine Jimenez, who assists people find a healthcare plan at Community Action Connection in Pasco.
Free help is available from trained assisters, certified by the state at local offices like Community Action Connection or from the customer support center.
State officials want you to report any scams you find and warn that with this new site, crooks will find new fraud outlets so be careful when you're searching for your plan.
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