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Forum staff reports, Published June 30 2010

Hamm warns of health insurance scam in North Dakota

BISMARCK – Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm is alerting North Dakotans to a potential nationwide health insurance scam.

Companies are selling products disguised as major medical health insurance plans, but in many cases the products are medical discount plans, limited benefit plans or a combination of the two.

“Consumers should check to see if funds are being withdrawn by an entity listed as ‘ATA-SDS’ followed by a number or ‘CITM’ or ‘Peoples Healthcare,’ ” said Hamm.

Several states are also looking into concerns about the following companies: American Trade Association, Association of Independent Managers (AIM Health Plans Inc.), Beema-Pakistan Insurance Company, CEO Clubs, Executive Healthcare, First American Health, Healthcare America, Hudson Valley Consultants LLC, Incorp. Services Inc., Insurance Resource Group, Integrated Health Plan Inc., Integrated Insurance Marketing Inc., Metropolitan Business Alliance, Mini Healthcare, National Association of Business Leadership, Omni Healthcare, Pinnacle Health Solutions, Real Benefits Association, Serve America Assurance Ltd., Smart Data Solutions, SouthEast Insurance Advisors LLC, Star Group U.K Ltd., aka Phoenix Insurance Company, United States Contractors Trust, Viking Administrators LLC, Wilshire Holding LLC and Worldwide Family Benefits Association Inc.

Consumers should look over any materials they have received to see if these company names appear on the documents.

Anyone who has been contacted by these companies should call the North Dakota Insurance Department at (800) 247-0560.