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FTC Cracks Down on Fake Health Plans

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 12, 2010

United States Benefits charged consumers enrollment fees ranging from $100 to $500 and monthly fees ranging from $300 to $1,300, and when they complained or tried to cancel or get a refund, "they were ignored," the FTC says.

In the CHBA case, charges were filed against the National Association for Americans, National Benefits Consultants LLC, National Benefits Solutions LLC and Louis Leo, according to the FTC statement.

In the Health Care One case, other defendants named include Americans4Healthcare, Inc, Michael Jay Ellman, Elite Business Solutions and Robert Daniel Freeman.

In the U.S. Benefits case, other defendants named include Timothy Thomas and Kennan Dozier.

A representative for Health Care One could not be reached at press time for comment. A check with its Website said it "is temporarily closed for maintenance."

A spokesman for CHBA and United States Benefits could not be reached for comment.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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