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Open season for identity thieves

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It’s open season for everyone who wants to switch health coverage. As you select your health insurance plan, watch out for scams. Whether you are on Medicare, selecting a plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or have private insurance, here are some tips to help you more safely navigate the open enrollment season. … Continue Reading

What is Criminal Identity Theft?

by Robert Siciliano

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Identity theft gets all kinds of buzz in the news. It’s not hard to see why—in 2012, over 16.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft. What most people don’t know is that identity theft is much more than just stealing your credit card number. In other posts, I discussed how thieves use your identity to get free healthcare or your child’s identity to apply for credit. … Continue Reading

Medical Data = $$$ For Hackers

by Linda Vincent R.N. P.I.

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More and more medical and health information is being collected electronically. People are using fitness apps, for example, to watch their calorie intake and gauge their level of physical activity. Those are certainly good and admirable goals. … Continue Reading

Identity Theft and Medical Identity Theft: Why and How You’re at Risk

by Linda Vincent R.N. P.I.

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Identity theft, including medical identity theft, is a growing threat in the United States. Unfortunately, too many consumers, healthcare providers, and businesses of all types and sizes ignore this threat. – See more at: http://www.theidentityadvocate.com/blog/identity-theft/identity-theft-medical-identity-theft-youre-risk#sthash.8iK52IYj.dpuf … Continue Reading

Insurance card sharing – not just a legal issue

by Christine Arevalo

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When a friend or family member who doesn’t have health insurance gets sick or injured, the urge to “share” your insurance card can be strong. After all, you (or your employer) is already paying for the insurance. ER visits are crazy expensive. … Continue Reading

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