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Las Vegans Who Lost Health Care Coverage Get Reprieve

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LAS VEGAS -- Some of the 24,000 Nevadans who got letters saying they were being dropped from their health care insurance learned that they may get a break, at least for a while.

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that health insurance companies can extend plans for another year, even if they do not fit the new standards under the Affordable Care Act.

The announcement is welcome news for people dropped by their insurance carriers, but people are still confused.

Physical therapist Jeri Wise got a letter saying her insurance company was dropping her individual coverage at the end of the year.

Wise pays $176 a month for a very basic plan, and she does not want to pay more for a plan meeting Affordable Care Act standards.

"I don't need most of the items that are now being required. I don't need maternity care. I don't need pediatric dental care," Wise said.

A new plan meeting those requirements would most likely cost her more per month than her old plan.

She makes $90,000 a year at her practice and that is too much money to qualify for a government rebate.

The president's announcement Thursday was welcome news for Wise.

"I'm relieved in the sense that at least I have a year to figure something out, but it delays the inevitable," Wise said.

Andres Ramirez is a licensed healthcare navigator. He says Obamacare-approved plans cost more because they have more extensive coverage. He says most basic plans do not offer what people need in a medical emergency.

"For some people, they are going to end up paying more," Ramirez said.

Wise is still not happy.

"There are some things I believe that are good, but I do believe there are other ways they could have fixed health care besides doing this," Wise said.

Next year, it is a reality she will have to face.

8 News Now reached out to the state insurance office to find out what the president's decision means for the thousands of people dropped from their insurance; however, the office did not return calls.

Healthcare navigators say people who were dropped should call their insurance provider.


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