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WASHINGTON — Federal authorities have shut down a network of Florida companies that they say used aggressive, deceptive tactics to sell skimpy health insurance products that skirt requirements of the Affordable Care Act and left tens of thousands of people around the country with unpaid medical bills.

“There is good cause to believe” that the Florida companies have sold shoddy coverage by falsely claiming that such policies were comprehensive health insurance or qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act, Judge Darrin P. Gayles of the Federal District Cour...

A South Florida company that collected more than $100 million in premiums selling sham health insurance “for smart people” through a network of deceptive websites, including one called, was ordered by a federal judge to temporarily shut down following consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission.

Simple Health Plans, based in Hollywood, lured “tens of thousands” of consumers with false promises of covering pre-existing medical conditions and prescription drugs for monthly premiums ranging from $40 to $500, the FTC said in a 28-page complai...

A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order halting operations of a Florida company that allegedly collected more than $100 million for worthless health insurance plans from tens of thousands of customers.

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to shutter Simple Health Plans LLC and recover money for consumers who were allegedly bilked by the company.

Simple Health Plans has operated a telemarketing operation since 2013, according to the complaint, selling plans across the country that claim to provide comprehensive coverage, includ...

Hollywood-based sellers of "sham" health insurance plans have been shut down by the Federal Trade Commission amid charges they collected more than $100 million from consumers by misrepresenting "worthless" plans as qualified under the Affordable Care Act.

Named as defendants in the restraining order, asset freeze, preliminary injunction and appointment of a receiver are Simple Health Plans LLC, 2 Oakwood Blvd., Suite 100, Hollywood, and several affiliated companies, as well as the companies' owner, Steven J. Dorfman.

The restraining order also authorizes the seizure...

In the wake of taking action against SoFi for allegedly lying in its ads about how much borrowers can save by refinancing their student loans with the online lender, the Federal Trade Commission is also warning other lenders to not engage in similar activity.

On Monday, the FTC accused SoFi of using its television, print, and online ads to mislead consumers about the effectiveness of the lender’s loan refinancing programs, claiming that SoFi deceptively inflated how much borrowers can save by as much as 200% in some cases.

And according to the FTC, there are other le...

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