Western MA residents falling victim to healthcare scams - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Western MA residents falling victim to healthcare scams

HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) -

Holyoke police are getting a number of calls about medical insurance scams.

CBS 3 reported last week there are fake websites for the Affordable Care Act enrollment across the country.

Now some are hitting Western Mass. The scammers ask for money and social security numbers.

Police say several local residents have fallen victim.

For those who have questions about how to sign up for coverage, there are people who can help.

"In the state of Massachusetts, there are certified application counselors at many of the area hospitals. Baystate financial counselors at all three hospitals have been certified. There are also navigators throughout the state. These are outreach financial counselors throughout the state that are available to anyone who has questions at all," said Andrea Riendeau, director of access services at Baystate Medical Center.

Those who are contacted over the phone about personal information should hang up.

The correct website to visit to sign up for Obamacare is healthcare.gov.

Those who fall victim to fake websites should visit fraud.com to report it.

Copyright 2013 WSHM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Baby whose mother chose giving birth over chemo has died

    Baby whose mother chose giving birth over chemo has died

    Thursday, September 21 2017 11:57 AM EDT2017-09-21 15:57:44 GMT
    (Nick DeKlyen/Courtesy of Sonya Nelson via AP)(Nick DeKlyen/Courtesy of Sonya Nelson via AP)

    Sonya Nelson says her niece, Life Lynn DeKlyen, died Wednesday evening at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Life's mother, Carrie DeKlyen, died Sept. 9, three days after giving birth to her sixth child.

    More >>

    Sonya Nelson says her niece, Life Lynn DeKlyen, died Wednesday evening at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Life's mother, Carrie DeKlyen, died Sept. 9, three days after giving birth to her sixth child.

    More >>
  • Westfield State students organize rally following racist incident on campus

    Westfield State students organize rally following racist incident on campus

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 9:39 PM EDT2017-09-21 01:39:00 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 9:39 PM EDT2017-09-21 01:39:00 GMT

    Students came together after a discriminatory act on the campus of Westfield State University. 

    More >>

    Students came together after a discriminatory act on the campus of Westfield State University. 

    More >>
  • Drug trafficking investigation leads to three arrested, half kilo of cocaine seized

    Drug trafficking investigation leads to three arrested, half kilo of cocaine seized

    Thursday, September 21 2017 12:38 PM EDT2017-09-21 16:38:35 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 1:01 PM EDT2017-09-21 17:01:49 GMT
    Publio Berrios, Jesus Hernandez-Ortiz, and Tiana Matias [L-R] (Photos provided by Hampden Co. D.A.'s office)Publio Berrios, Jesus Hernandez-Ortiz, and Tiana Matias [L-R] (Photos provided by Hampden Co. D.A.'s office)

    Three West Springfield residents are under arrest after a drug trafficking investigation.

    More >>

    Three West Springfield residents are under arrest after a drug trafficking investigation.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly