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Alert: Health Insurance Scam Warning in NY

State officials in New York caution residents about scams related to health insurance enrollment during the ongoing 2024 enrollment period through the NY State of Health.

The NY State of Health is New York’s health plan marketplace, providing a one-stop shop for various health insurance programs. Officials, including New York Attorney General Letitia James and State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald, are warning against scammers pretending to be from the NY State of Health or other state agencies.

Here’s what to watch out for:

Fear Tactics: Scammers may threaten individuals by canceling Medicaid or other health coverage, demanding money to reinstate benefits.

False Offers: Scammers might use fake generosity to trick people into providing personal information, like offering gift cards or money.

Important Tips:

  • No one can charge a fee to renew health insurance in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, or the Essential Plan.
  • Renewal assistance for NY State of Health plans is free through certified enrollment assistants and customer service representatives.
  • Government agencies will never demand payment or credit information through text messages, emails, or phone calls.
  • Be cautious of unofficial websites claiming to be the NY State health insurance marketplace; there is only one official NY State of Health website.
  • Report suspected fraud.

Residents are encouraged to visit the NY State of Health webpage or call (855) 355-5777 for assistance in renewing Medicaid, Child Health Plus, or Essential Plan coverage. The open enrollment period for Qualified Health Plans for 2024 started on Nov. 16 and ends on Dec. 15. Enrollees can renew their eligibility for Medicaid plans every 12 months.

If someone suspects they are a scam victim, they are urged to report it to the Office of the Attorney General online or by calling (800) 771-7755. Stay vigilant and informed to protect against health insurance scams.

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