California has shut down ten websites that were allegedly designed to fool consumers into thinking they were purchasing insurance on the state’s health-care exchange.
“These websites fraudulently imitated Covered California in order to lure consumers away from plans that provide the benefits of the Affordable Care Act,” California attorney general Kamala Harris said in a statement.
The sites used URLs that were similar to coveredca.com – the URL of the legitimate website of Covered California, the state exchange – such as coveredcalifornia.com and californiabenefitexchange.com.
Under state law, entities may only provide services on behalf of the exchange if they have a valid agreement to do so.
The attorney general’s office began investigating the sites in September. Site operators were issued a string of cease-and-desist letters demanding they take down the site or transfer their domains to the control of the exchange.
All ten of the sites contacted, which were unaffiliated with the exchange and run by insurance companies or private brokers, complied.
Via Kaiser Health News.