As the administration struggles to get the Affordable Care Act website working, Rep. Raul Ruiz and 32 of his Democratic colleagues in Congress want the federal government to devote “more resources” to preventing scam artists from abusing the insurance exchange.
“When families search ‘exchange’ on the internet, websites falsely claiming to be health care health insurance exchanges appear in the search results,” the letter states.
“Seniors are particularly vulnerable to scams over the phone and through the mail. Fraud represents a critical threat to the success of the health insurance exchanges and may leave Americans with stolen identities, inadequate health care plans or no health care at all.”
The federal health care website has been plagued with problems since the roll out on Oct. 1.
The letter asks the three agencies to “devote more resources towards educating consumers, investigating complaints and taking swift legal action to crack down on fraud.”
Ruiz, a Palm Desert Democrat, is also an emergency room physician.