Going without health insurance is risky, but paying money for a phony policy is even worse. Illinois insurance regulators say a company calling itself “Re-Assurance” is selling fraudulent policies in Illinois and other Midwestern states. Alka Nayyar, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Insurance, says the state has issued a cease-and-desist order.
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She says about 50 Illinoisans have bought the bogus policies, but the state wants to know if any more victims are out there. She says among the things people considering an insurance purchase should be wary of are: unsolicited offers; exaggerated phrases such as “special offer” and “affordable health coverage;” and evasive answers. She says the insurance company and agent must be registered with the Illinois Department of Insurance.