I-Team: Nevada wants more control of health insurance website


Nevadans sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act courtesy of a website provided by the federal government, but that could change.  

Because the state of Nevada is trying to figure out how to save taxpayers money, and they may have to switch websites to do it.

The director of Health Exchange says the $12 million it costs taxpayers to use the federal government’s website could drop to $5 million by switching to a state-based website.

The state tried that in 2014, and there were significant problems form technical hiccups to a lot of frustration for people trying to sign up.  However, the director says she is confident that won’t happen again.

Nevada’s governor, secretary of state and attorney general need to approve the plan in August.

“We did a deep dive into what went right and what went wrong in 2014, and we’ve addressed risk mitigation plans,” said Heather Korbulic, Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.  “Every single item that went wrong; it’s four years later, and technology works.”

The director released a statement Friday in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Navigator Program Budget Cuts.

The director says the state already has a plan in the budget for those services.

The I-Team first reported last month that there is a proposal to allow brokers who help people sign up through the health care exchange to charge a fee.  But for anyone interested in signing up there are other free options through the web and in person.

Go here for more information.

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