One of the central provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the creation of healthcare marketplaces for consumers.  That ACA provision goes into effect this fall.  Consumers who need healthcare insurance also need advance information about several key issues.  Those issues include details about the marketplaces and, equally important, about healthcare scams.

The  Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is being pro-active on consumers’ behalf on this issue.  They are presenting a Roundtable on September 19th “…to discuss how to empower and protect consumers from scammers….” (see,,  “FTC to Host Roundtable on Consumer Protection and the New Healthcare Marketplaces”).

The Roundtable is open to the public and is being webcast.  It will run from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the FTC’s Satellite Building Conference Center (Room C, 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.). People interested can register by sending an email with their name and organization to Tracey Thomas at the FTC (

I am going to attend and will then do a post about what I learn.  We can’t prevent all the scams, but we can try and avoid them if we’re equipped ahead of time with better information.