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Health officials warn of fraud under Obamacare exchanges

Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Just over a half-million Wisconsinites will soon start enrolling for health insurance under Obamacare -- and officials are warning folks to watch out for fraud. 

Green Bay Press-Gazette media says there have not been any major problems in Wisconsin yet.

However, scams have popped up elsewhere, as identity thieves collect personal information to take advantage of people's confusion with the Affordable Care Act. 

The National Consumers' League says scammers are targeting victims by selling them fake insurance plans by phone, e-mail, and false Web sites. Also, officials say there are fraudulent "navigators," the people who have government training to help folks choose from various plans in the Obamacare purchasing exchanges. 

Once, again, authorities urge you not to give out things like Social Security and bank account numbers over the phone. Those who don't get private insurance from employers will be required by law to get health coverage from the federal exchanges. 

Around 90,000 BadgerCare recipients who are above the poverty line are also being told to use the exchanges.  

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