Avoiding Insurance Fraud

Last updated: March 29, 2016

Avoid Becoming a Victim of Insurance Fraud

Insurance fraud costs every Kansas family approximately $350 a year in higher premiums. This money goes to pay for fraudulent actions made by individuals providers or agents. In 1994 the Kansas Legislature made insurance fraud a crime in the state of Kansas.

Don't become a victim of insurance fraud. Keep in mind these simple guidelines to avoid becoming a victim:

  1. Be suspicious of an agent that will only accept premium payments in cash, money orders or cashier checks.

  2. You, the buyer, never receive a policy.

  3. Think twice if an agent pressures you to buy immediately because "this is your last chance."

  4. A hospital or medical provider bills you for procedures not performed or for office visits you did not attend. Read and examine your Explanation of Benefits.

  5. You're in a minor accident and someone gives you the name of a doctor or lawyer who can "make you some money".

  6. An agent helps you fill out your medical history for a policy and suggests you not tell the insurance company certain information.

  7. Your agent tells you your life insurance policy is being discontinued and you can get a better policy by using the accumulated cash value of the so called "discontinued" policy to pay all the premiums.

This is not a complete list but gives you an idea of the types of things you should be aware of. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Anti-Fraud Division for help. Call 785-296-3918 or send an e-mail to antifraud@ksinsurance.org.

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