Nov. 20—New York Attorney General
According to a media release, NY State of Health,
Health insurance scams regarding the renewals are increasing, the release said.
James and McDonald are warning New Yorkers to be wary of scammers who call, text, or email pretending to be from NY State of Health or other state agencies.
There are several ways scammers prey on New Yorkers who are trying to obtain or keep health insurance, the release said:
—Scammers use fear by threatening New Yorkers that their Medicaid or other health coverage is at risk for cancellation or that they have already lost their Medicaid or other health coverage unless they provide hundreds of dollars to reinstate or continue benefits.
—Scammers will also use false offers of generosity to lure New Yorkers into providing personal information. This is typically done through phishing scams offering people gift cards or money to “update” their health accounts so as not to lose coverage.
To learn how to renew Medicaid, Child Health Plus, or Essential Plan health insurance, New Yorkers are encouraged to visit the NY State of Health webpage or the NY Medicaid website. To learn about enrolling or renewing commercial Qualified Health Plan coverage for 2024, New Yorkers are encouraged to visit the NY State of Health website.
James and McDonald provided the following tips:
—No one can ever charge a fee to renew health insurance in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, or the Essential Plan.
—If enrolled in health insurance through the NY State of Health, many people are available to help residents renew for free. They include the state’s health-certified enrollment assistors and customer service representatives. For information or guidance, visit the NY State of Health website or call 1-855-355-5777.
—If enrolled in Medicaid through either a county Medicaid office or through
—Government agencies will never threaten, demand payment, or ask for credit information in a text message, email, or phone call.
—Many websites will try to make residents think that they are the official
—Submitting contact information to some websites may lead to calls, texts, or emails from scammers.
—Report suspected fraud.
Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and the Essential plan is open year-round. However,
To enroll in a Qualified Health Plan for 2024, New Yorkers must do so during the open enrollment period that started on
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