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Health inurance button on a keyboard The vast majority of brokers and others who help people enroll are honest and protect consumer information carefully, but the few who do not create distrust among the public. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Some insurance brokers are enrolling people into Affordable Care Act health plans without their consent, perhaps for the commissions, a move that could put consumers in danger of owing back the subsidies connected with the coverage. The damage could be hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

A consumer’s first hint that something is wrong is a big one: a letter from the IRS or a delay in their tax refund.

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