Gov. Sandoval vetoes bill to extend Medicaid-like coverage for Nevadans

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed a bill to extend government-supported medical coverage to all of the state’s residents.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signs bills at Western Nevada College. Photo by SD Litz.

Sandoval said in his veto message he supported many of the goals of the Nevada Care Plan.

But he said it “locks into state law requirements that may be unnecessary, imprudent or simply unaffordable in the years to come.”

Additionally, he noted Congress is changing health care law and subsidies, cost-sharing and federal matching programs could change.

The bill would also expose the state to significant financial obligations, Sandoval wrote.

Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle (D-Sparks) issued this statement:
“Healthcare is a right, not a privilege or a product. With this veto, Gov. Sandoval has actively decided to veto a right that all Nevadans should have. I am disappointed by the governor’s decision to end this landmark and vital piece of legislation, but I won’t give up on the fight to secure access to quality and affordable healthcare for every Nevadan— I will bring this legislation back next session.”

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