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Michiganders told to beware of 'Obamacare' scams


Michiganders will begin signing up for health care coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act in one month.

But state officials are warning that scammers are already at work using Obamacare to defraud people.

Caleb Buhs is with the Department Insurance and Financial Services.   He says his department is already hearing about scammers trying to convince people they need ‘new Obamacare or Medicare’ cards.

The scammers try to get social security numbers and bank account information.

“We want to make sure that everyone in Michigan knows. There is no card…that’s necessary to purchase insurance on the [online] marketplace or anything to do with the Affordable Care Act,” says Buhs.

Beginning October 1st, Michiganders without health insurance will be able to purchase a plan online at healthcare.gov.    The specific plans have not yet been selected.

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