Report: many Nevadans without health insurance qualify for help
The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange says a new report finds nearly 400,000 Nevadans remain without health insurance despite the fact just over half of them are eligible for Medicaid or qualified health plans through the exchange.
Exchange officials say the numbers were compiled by the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities in Las Vegas.
According to Exchange Director Heather Korbulic, those individuals are qualified for financial assistance to help pay for monthly health insurance premiums. She said the report provides insight for the exchange to try to help those people get affordable healthcare and determine if they are eligible for subsidies.
“While the overall uninsured rate in Nevada has decreased since the Affordable Care Act was implemented, our state still has uninsured rates that exceed the national average,” said Gov. Steve Sisolak.
The report concluded Nevada is sixth highest in the nation for uninsured residents and second highest among states with expanded Medicaid coverage.
Nevada Health Link was established to provide coverage for people not covered by their employer, enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare to provide subsidies based on income qualifications.
Open enrollment for the Nevada Health Link system begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. Exchange officials say people who need insurance should visit http://www.NevadaHealthLink.com or call 1-800-547-2927 for help.