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Scammers taking advantage of healthcare reform law


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - The South Dakota Division of Insurance is warning residents of scammers posing as insurance agents or federal representatives when the health insurance exchange opens Tuesday.

     State Director Merle Scheiber says scammers may try selling fraudulent policies to gain personal information.

     Scheiber says fake exchange websites and claims a new “Obamacare” insurance card will be issued for personal information have surfaced.  He says the federal goverment is not going to be contacting individuals and try to inlist or enroll them into these programs.  That's between yourself and the federal government's website, used to enroll in health coverage, and or your insurance agent.           

     Scheiber says the state’s website for exchange questions is federalhealthreform.sd.gov.

     He says the Division of Insurance does retain the plan management portion of the exchanges including approved rates and the networks involved.

     DakotaCare, Sanford and Avera are providing South Dakota’s plans.