California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said she has ordered 10 websites to shut down because they violated state law by imitating the official site of the state’s health insurance exchange.
Harris said she began investigating these misleading websites in September and multiple operators were sent cease and desist letters telling them they were in violation of state law.
“These websites fraudulently imitated Covered California in order to lure consumers away from plans that provide the benefits of the Affordable Care Act,” Harris said in a statement. “My office will continue to investigate and shut down these kinds of sites.”
She said these websites were operated by health insurance brokers or companies that are not affiliated with Covered California, the state insurance marketplace. The official state website is coveredca.com.
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