Senior citizens are being warned to be on the lookout for unlicensed health insurance companies in Delaware.

The companies have been marketing and selling plans to residents of long-term care and nursing home facilities in Delaware and other states.

“We are issuing a warning to seniors because we have learned these unlicensed companies are targeting residents of nursing home facilities in Kent County and may be reaching out to potential targets in other parts of the state as well,” said Commissioner Trinidad Navarro. “If a consumer wants to verify whether a company is licensed to sell insurance in Delaware, they can call our toll-free number at 800-282-8611.”

The Delaware Department of Insurance and the Delaware Division of Medicaid & Medical Assistance received information from a nursing home, which reported that a company was attempting to sell to its residents plans marketed as a variety of health insurance products, such as dental, vision and audiology insurance. The Delaware Department of Insurance’s investigation into the matter is ongoing and determined that the company marketing these products is not licensed as a health, accident or life insurance provider in the state.

A list of licensed companies is available at insurance.delaware.gov.

If a senior or another vulnerable adult is being exploited in the community, call 800-223-9074.