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Indiana AG files suit against Nevada health insurance agent

By Bryan Cohen | Nov 18, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a lawsuit Friday against a Nevada health insurance agent for allegedly using robocalls to solicit Hoosiers with calls to lower their health insurance rates.

Andrew Ross, a Nevada health insurance agent with a non-resident license to sell insurance in Indiana, allegedly made at least 47 robocalls between January and May to residents throughout the state. Most robocalls are illegal in Indiana, regardless of whether or not the numbers are registered on the Do Not Call list.

"With the recent rollout of the federal health care law, the number of callers soliciting discounted health insurance products will likely increase," Zoeller said. "It's important Hoosiers know what to look out for and don't hand over personal information to unsolicited callers who have not been verified."

Zoeller's lawsuit alleges that Ross violated the Indiana Telephone Solicitation of Consumers Act and the Indiana Regulation of Automatic Dialing Machines Act. The suit seeks to stop the calls, in addition to requiring the payment of civil penalties and prosecution costs. The lawsuit was forwarded to the Indiana Department of Insurance for its consideration.

Since 2009, Zoeller's office obtained 124 judgments against or settlements with companies in violation of the state's telephone privacy laws for a total recovery of more than $20.5 million. The money collected is used to defray the cost of enforcing Indiana's telephone privacy laws.

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