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C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER
Governor
State of Idaho
DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
700 West State Street, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0043
Phone (208)334-4250
Fax (208)334-4398


WILLIAM W. DEAL
Director

NEWS RELEASE

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2010
CONTACT: Tricia Carney
208-334-4312
tricia.carney@doi.idaho.gov
cell 208-850-2342
Idaho Consumers Should be Alert and Vigilant
Phony insurance agents have found a new hook

BOISE ID (March 29, 2010) – The recent passage of the health care reform bill has given rise to a new form of insurance fraud. Some states have reported complaints that consumers are being approached by individuals posing as insurance agents representing the federal government and trying to sell insurance policies.

Department Director Bill Deal says, “Idahoans should continue to use caution and common sense when making decisions about health insurance. As always, we encourage consumers to be sure an agent is licensed to do business in Idaho.”

The federal government will not contact consumers directly about health insurance. Idahoans should be especially cautious when the contact is unsolicited.

Consumers should always be wary of a solicitor who refuses to provide contact information or makes threats of any kind. Anyone who is approached in this way is urged to alert the Department.

Consumers can visit the Department’s Web site, www.doi.idaho.gov, or call 334-4250 in Boise or 800-721-3272 toll free statewide to verify the license of an agent or company.




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About the Department of Insurance
The Idaho Department of Insurance has been regulating the business of insurance in Idaho since 1901. The mission of the Department is to equitably, effectively and efficiently administer the Idaho Insurance Code and the International Fire Code. For more information, visit www.doi.idaho.gov.