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The Federation of American Consumers and Travelers (FACT) is making its members aware of a fraud alert issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In the wake of newly passed health-care legislation, HHS says that there has been a proliferation of scams involving bogus health insurance policies.

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no new health care marketplaces are scheduled to be open for business until 2014.

The Federation of American Consumers and Travelers (FACT) is making its members aware of a fraud alert issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In the wake of newly passed health-care legislation, HHS says that there has been a proliferation of scams involving bogus health insurance policies.

According to reports, scammers are going from door to door claiming that there is a limited open enrollment period to access new government-approved health plans. In some cases, toll-free lines are being set up as well.

Vicki Rolens, managing director of FACT, warns that there are no insurance plans available which are in any way related to the new health-care bill. “At present,” she says, “no new health care marketplaces are scheduled to be open for business until 2014.”

She further advises: “If anyone calls or visits you making any claims concerning such health plans, report them immediately to your state insurance department or attorney general.”

This news bulletin has been issued by The Federation of American Consumers and Travelers (FACT), a consumer organization formed under the not-for-profit corporation laws of the District of Columbia in 1984.

FACT serves more than 1 million consumers nationwide. Additional information on FACT may be found in the Encyclopedia of Associations, and by visiting the association's Web site (http://www.usafact.org).

Informative, unbiased news bulletins are regularly disseminated by FACT to help its members remain current on matters which might seriously impact their lives. The association does not offer support to -- and does not receive support from -- any political party or movement. In addition to publishing consumer-related reports, the association provides more than 30 benefits for its members, ranging from medical insurance and dental discounts to prescription drug savings and scholarships. FACT’s administrative office is located at 318 Hillsboro Avenue, Edwardsville, IL 62025.

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