Staying Vigilant Against Fraud in the Midst of COVID-19

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, frauds and scams are emerging. Americans need to be aware that there are individuals attempting to profiteer from this emergency through online phishing scams, door-to-door COVID-19 testing offers, falsely promising free care, etc. NHCAA will continue to gather and post resources to help patients and anti-fraud professionals stay ahead of the fraud.

Report Suspected COVID-19 Fraud to National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline:
(866) 720-5721 or email disaster@leo.gov 

Partner and Fraud-Related COVID-19 Resources

HHS-OIG COVID-19 Portal

HHS-OIG COVID-19 Fraud Alert

HHS-OIG COVID-19 Fraud Alert Information Page

HHS-OIG Recently Added Work Plan Items (many relating to COVID-19)

Department of Justice: Report COVID-19 Fraud

National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF)

Expedited Antitrust Procedure and Guidance for COVID-19 – Joint DOJ/FTC Announcement

Federal Trade Commission: Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Attorney General Barr Urges the Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Attorney General Barr Memo to U.S. Attorneys Prioritizing COVID-19 Fraud

CMS-CPI: Part D Plan Guidance, Minimizing Face-to-Face Contact for Rx Delivery and Dispensing

CMS News Alert March 26, 2020 – Summary of CMS Actions Taken in Response to COVID-19

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Toolkit

CMS: 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

CMS: COVID-19 Checklists and Tools to Accelerate Relief for State Medicaid & CHIP Programs

CMS: CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19

CMS: COVID-19 Response News Alert: CMS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies

CMS: COVID-19 Response News Alert: CMS Issues Frequently Asked Questions on Catastrophic Health Coverage and the Coronavirus

CMS: Current Emergencies Website

CMS: Medicaid Section 1135 Waivers:    

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) Policy Statement on Telehealth Cost-Sharing During COVID-19 Outbreak

HHS-OIG Telehealth Factsheet

HHS-OIG Waiving Telehealth Cost-Sharing FAQ

The FBI is advising: “Be aware that criminals are attempting to use malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received. Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide. Report scams and attempted fraud at ic3.gov.” https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) COVID-19 Resources

The National Whistleblower Center calls for a federal coronavirus fraud task force

National Whistleblower Center letter: https://aboutblaw.com/Pwb

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud COVID-19 insurance fraud response center

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COVID-19 Fraud Cases

March 25, 2020 – California, Central District: Southland Man Arrested on Federal Charges Alleging Fraudulent Investment Scheme Featuring Bogus Claims of COVID-19 Cure

March 22, 2020 – Texas, Western District: Justice Department Files its First Enforcement Action against COVID-19 Fraud

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State Announcements of COVID-19 Anti-Fraud Efforts

Alabama

Middle District of Alabama Appoints Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator

Northern District of Alabama Appoints Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator

Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Statement on COVID-19 Operations

Alaska

U.S. Attorney Warns of Coronavirus Scams

Arizona

Coordinator for Fighting COVID-19 Fraud Appointed

Arkansas

Western District of Arkansas Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

California

Central District of California Urges Reporting of COVID-19 Fraud

Eastern District of California Shares Tips for Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

Eastern District of California Takes Steps to Protect Amidst COVID-19

Northern District of California Urges Reporting of COVID-19 Fraud

Southern District of California Notice of Readiness Against COVID-19 Scams

Colorado

U.S. Attorney Dunn to Lead Federal COVID-19 Anti-Fraud Effort, Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator Appointed

Connecticut

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Delaware

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

District of Columbia

U.S. Attorney Statement Urging Vigilance regarding COVID-19 Scams

U.S. Attorney Announces COVID-19 Scam Prevention Measures

U.S. Attorney and Attorney General for the District of Columbia Announce COVID-19 Scam Prevention Measures

Florida

Florida’s U.S. Attorneys Warn Against COVID-19 Scams

Northern District of Florida Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

CMS Approves First State Request for 1135 Medicaid Waiver in Florida

Georgia

Northern District of Georgia Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Southern District of Georgia Warms of Coronavirus Scams

Hawaii

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud, Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator Appointed

Idaho

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

U.S. Attorney Assures Public of DOJ Priorities During COVID-19

Illinois

Central District of Illinois Urges Public to Remain Vigilant and Report COVID-19 Fraud

Central District of Illinois Statement About Reporting COVID-19 Fraud

Northern District of Illinois Appoints Prosecutor to Lead Fight Against COVID-19 Fraud

Southern District of Illinois Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

 

Indiana

Northern District of Indiana Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Northern District of Indiana U.S. Attorney Statement on COVID-19 Criminal Activity

Southern District of Indiana U.S. Attorney Statement on COVID-19 Criminal

Iowa

Northern District of Iowa Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Southern District of Iowa Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Kansas

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Kentucky

Federal and State Officials Launch Kentucky Coronavirus Fraud Task Force

Eastern District of Kentucky Appoints Federal Prosecutor to Lead COVID-19 Fraud Effort

Western District of Kentucky Appoints Federal Prosecutor to Lead COVID-19 Fraud Efforts

Louisiana

Eastern District of Louisiana Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Central District of Louisiana Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Central District of Louisiana Posts Warning of Coronavirus Related Scams and Fraud

Western District of Louisiana Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Western District of Louisiana Warns Against Coronavirus Fraud and Scams

Maine

U.S. Attorney Appoints COVID-19 Fraud Coordinator

Public Urged to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Maryland

Maryland Encourages Public to be Alert to COVID-19 Scammers

Massachusetts

Stern Warning About COVID-19 Fraud and Scams

Michigan

Eastern District of Michigan Appoints Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator and Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

 

Minnesota

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Mississippi

Southern District of Mississippi Appoints Prosecutors to Fight COVID-19 Fraud, Warns Public

Missouri

Eastern District of Missouri Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

 

Western District of Missouri Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

 

Montana

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Nevada

Nevada U.S. Attorney Appoints Prosecutor To Fight COVID-19 Fraud

New Hampshire

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

 

New Jersey

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

New Mexico

U.S. Attorney Appoints Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator, Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

 

New York

Eastern District of New York Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Northern District of New York Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Western District of New York Statement on COVID-19

North Carolina

Eastern District of North Carolina Urges Public to Report Suspected COVID-19 Fraud

Western District of North Carolina Issues Warning for COVID-19 Scams

North Dakota

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Ohio

Northern District of Ohio Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Southern District of Ohio Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

 

Oklahoma

Eastern District of Oklahoma Requests Citizens Be Aware of and Report COVID-19 Fraud

Northern District of Oklahoma Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Western District of Oklahoma Appoints Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator

Oregon

Tips for Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

U.S. Attorney Takes Steps to Maintain Mission During COVID-19

Pennsylvania

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Statement on COVID-19 Scams

Middle District of Pennsylvania Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Western Pennsylvania COVID-19 Task Force

Puerto Rico

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Rhode Island

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Tennessee

Eastern District of Tennessee Appoints Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator, Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Middle District of Tennessee Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Western District of Tennessee Warns Against COVID-19 Fraud and Scams

Texas

Justice Department Files First Enforcement Action Against COVID-19 Fraud

Western District of Texas Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Utah

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Vermont

U.S. Attorney Announces Effort to Prosecute COVID-19 Crimes

Virgin Islands

U.S. Attorney Appoints COVID-19 Fraud Coordinator, Urges Public to Report

Virginia

Launch of Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force

Eastern District of Virginia Warns Public of Coronavirus Scams

Western District of Virginia Statement Regarding Operations as a Result of COVID-19

Washington

Eastern District of Washington Issues Warning of COVID-19 Fraud Schemes

Western District of Washington COVID-19 Fraud Alert

Western District of Washington Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

CMS Approves Washington State’s Request for 1135 Medicaid Waivers

West Virginia

Northern District of West Virginia Issues Warning of COVID-19 Scams

Southern District of West Virginia Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Wisconsin

Eastern District of Wisconsin Appoints Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator, Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Western District of Wisconsin Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

Wyoming

U.S. Attorney Urges Public to Report COVID-19 Fraud

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General COVID-19 Resources

Official Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website

Official CDC COVID-19 Website

Official FDA COVID-19 Website

Official Department of Labor COVID-19 Website

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) COVID-19 Resource Center

NAIC COVID-19 Issue Brief

NAIC also hosted a Special Webex Session on COVID-19 (3/20/2020)

NAIC Webex Session Materials: https://naic.org/documents/2020-naic-spring-national-meeting-covid-19-special-session-materials.pdf

Kaiser Family Foundation: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mainpage

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF): State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF): Private Health Coverage of COVID-19: Key Facts and Issues

Kaiser Family Foundation(KFF): COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker

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