Beginning Oct. 1, Oklahoma residents will be able to apply for health insurance through Heath Insurance Marketplace, a federally-ran insurance program.
Because this marketplace is not a state entity or ran by state employees, Gov. Mary Fallin has asked state employees to refer all inquiries to the federal call center and websites – Healthcare.gov or 1-800-318-2596. Business inquiries should call 1-800-706-7893.
In light of the new federal program, Fallin cautions Oklahomans to protect their personal information and to be aware of scams or fraud.
“There are many changes occurring very quickly to our health care system,” said Fallin in a release. “Regardless of the politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act, no one wants to see Oklahomans be the victims of scam-artists.”
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Fallin warns that no one should call or visit a home without the resident’s permission.
“If a company contacts you and asks for your social security number or banking information, do not give it to them,” Fallin continued. “Similarly, no one should be asking for your personal health information. Oklahomans should also keep a record of the names of any salespeople or ‘navigators’ that might assist them as well as who they work for.”
Anyone who believes they have been a victim of fraud should contact the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office at 918-581-2885 or firstname.lastname@example.org or complete a complaint form online at www.oag.ok.gov
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