White House Takes Steps To Assure Consumers About Safety Of Exchanges

The announcement of anti-fraud measures, part of a coordinated federal effort to protect consumers, came after a House committee warned of "risks of fraud and misinformation" in efforts to enroll millions of people eligible for subsidized insurance in new online marketplaces. 

The New York Times: U.S. Warns of Frauds Tied To Health Care Law
The White House warned consumers on Wednesday to beware of possible fraud by con artists taking advantage of the new insurance marketplaces being set up under President Obama's health care law ... The White House warning, part of a coordinated effort by federal agencies to protect consumers, came several hours after a House committee issued a report describing “risks of fraud and misinformation” in efforts to enroll millions of low- and moderate-income people who are eligible for subsidized insurance on the exchanges (Pear, 9/18).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: To Thwart Scam Artists, Govt Urges Consumers To Watch For Fraud Sparked By New Health Care Law
Warning to seniors on Medicare: If someone asks for your personal information for a state insurance exchange under the new health care law, he’s probably a crook. Those exchanges don’t apply to seniors. No consumer, young or old, should give out medical information or pay up-front "enrollment" fees, the government says (9/18).

Kaiser Health News: White House Pushes Back Against Fraud Fears By Obamacare Opponents
The White House on Wednesday unveiled several steps to protect consumers from fraud in the new online health insurance marketplaces, a move that comes after 17 states hostile to the law acted to limit the spread of information about the program, and congressional Republicans raised concerns about the privacy of medical and financial records. "We are sending a clear message that we will not tolerate anyone seeking to defraud consumers in the health insurance marketplace," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (Galewitz, 9/18).

Politico: White House, GOP Battle Over Obamacare Fraud
With less than two weeks to go before millions can start enrolling in Obamacare, the White House and congressional opponents of the health law on Wednesday stepped up a battle over whether consumers can trust the new insurance marketplaces being built by the feds and the states. The White House convened a high-level meeting of Cabinet and state officials on the issue Wednesday and the administration announced a series of measures to assure the public that it’s serious about fighting fraudsters who might try to capitalize on confusion over the new health care law (Millman, 9/18).

Reuters: Obama Administration Seeks To Bolster U.S. Law Privacy
The Obama administration will announce measures to reassure Americans about the privacy and security of the information they submit when they sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, officials said on Wednesday (9/18).

The Hill: White House Ramps Up Protections Ahead Of ObamaCare Launch
The Obama administration is taking new steps to make sure that Americans are not scammed and won't have their identities stolen under ObamaCare.  State and federal officials met at the White House on Wednesday to kick off an effort to crack down on fraud in new healthcare marketplaces, scheduled to get off the ground in less than two weeks (Hattem, 9/18).

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