LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevadans can begin signing up for health insurance on Friday under the state’s new online marketplace.
Nevada consumers had been relying for several years on the federal HealthCare.gov website set up under former President Barack Obama’s health care law. But state officials decided to transition Nevada this year to a state-run system in order to save money.
Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, Nevada’s state agency, has 27-qualified plans that cover the ten essential health benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which include maternity care, newborn care, mental care, preventative care, and pediatric dental care.
Nevadans who don’t qualify for Medicaid, Medicare or don’t have insurance through their employer are eligible to enroll.
“I want Nevadans to know that health insurance is well within reach. No matter how much you make. The cost of these plans is based on your income and 80% of Nevadans will be eligible for significant tax credits and subsidies towards their premiums, allowing them to keep more money in their pocket,” said Governor Steve Sisolak.
According to a recent report by the Guinn Center, the number of insured people in the state of Nevada is nearly 400,000. This ranks Nevada sixth highest in the nation for the uninsured population.
“Insurance is complicated. We have all sorts of trained certified brokers and agents across the state ready to provide assistance at no cost,” said Heather Korbulic, Nevada Health Insurance Exchange Executive Director.
The state launched its online marketplace called Nevada Health Link. Starting this year, it replaces the federal health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov.
The new website, NevadaHealthLink.com, allows people to shop for, compare and sign up for health insurance for 2020.
Nevadans have until Dec. 15 to sign up for a plan that will cover them next year, health insurance seekers are encouraged to visit the Nevada Health Link website here.