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Interagency action an important step to protect health insurance marketplace users from scam artists

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September 18, 2013
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Washington, DC - The National Consumers League, the nation’s pioneering consumer and worker advocacy organization, today applauded the announcement of a new interagency initiative to fight back against scam artists looking to take advantage of the launch of the new health insurance marketplaces.

The following statement is attributable to Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of the National Consumers League:

“Consumers will soon begin to benefit from a key part of the Affordable Care Act. The state and federal health insurance marketplaces coming on line on October 1 promise to make health care more affordable for millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans. Unfortunately, experience has shown that scam artists frequently look to take advantage of confusion about new government programs to defraud consumers. That’s why it’s so important that government agencies work together to get ahead of the threat and help protect consumers from unscrupulous con artists. The interagency initiative announced today promises to make life harder for fraudsters who want to profit from consumers’ unfamiliarity with the new marketplaces.”

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