Press Releases

November 20, 2013

Health Insurance Fraud

Consumers beware! Some people may try to trick you into buying health coverage that doesn’t provide all of the required benefits.

On October 1st, Covered California, the state health benefit exchange, began enrolling uninsured Californians into health coverage which will start January 1, 2014. If you do not have health coverage, Covered California can help you find the coverage that best fits your needs. You may qualify for financial help that can lower the cost of coverage. Covered California can also help you find out if you are eligible for Medi-Cal.

CONSUMERS BEWARE! SOME PEOPLE MAY TRY TO TRICK YOU INTO BUYING HEALTH COVERAGE THAT DOESN’T PROVIDE ALL OF THE REQUIRED BENEFITS.

For more information go to www.CoveredCA.com or call 800-300-1506.

Protect Yourself. Be Suspicious of:

  • Uninvited house or telephone calls.
  • Anyone who approaches you at the doctor’s office, hospital, or pharmacy.
  • Limited time offers, or claims that there are only a few spots left.

Protect Your Money & Personal Information:

  • Don’t pay any money up front to get insurance or Medi-Cal.
  • Don’t provide your personal information such as your Social  Security number, bank account number, credit card number, or  birth date, unless you make sure  you are not dealing with scammers.

Make sure you are not dealing  with scammers:

  • Trust only Covered California or  other official government websites.
  • Click here to be sure the person  you are dealing with is authorized,  or call 800-300-1506.
  • When dealing with insurance  agents, click here to make sure  they are licensed, or call the  California Department of  Insurance at 800-927-HELP.

Report Concerns:

To report deceptive or suspicious activity  or to get help with other questions, contact:

  • The Help Center, Department of Managed Health Care, at 888-466-2219.
  • The Consumer Hotline, Department of Insurance, at 800-927-HELP.
  • Covered California at 800-300-1506 or  email: consumerprotection@covered.ca.gov

More information at HealthHelp.ca.gov.

Link to the flyer in English

Enlace al folleto en espanol