Mi­ami

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

Health-care scam shut­tered: A fed­eral judge this week is­sued a re­strain­ing or­der shut­ting down a net­work of com­pa­nies ac­cused of sell­ing sham health in­sur­ance to “tens of thou­sands” of peo­ple, col­lect­ing more than $100 mil­lion in pre­mi­ums. The Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion called the South Flor­ida–based op­er­a­tion “a clas­sic bait-and-switch scheme.” Sim­ple Health Plans and five re­lated com­pa­nies al­legedly ad­ver­tised com­pre­hen­sive plans with en­dorse­ments from Pres­i­dents Obama and Trump—one web­site was “TrumpCareQuotes.com”—when in fact the plans cov­ered only $50 to­ward a max­i­mum three physi­cian vis­its per year. In one Sim­ple Health ad, a cigar-smok­ing man tosses a wad of cash and says, “You will have money thrown at you” dur­ing open en­roll­ment. The FTC said many con­sumers learned they’d been scammed only af­ter they re­ceived un­ex­pected med­i­cal bills.

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