Health insurance open enrollment begins

RENO, Nev (KOLO) Signing up for the next year’s health insurance coverage began November 1, 2017 everywhere across the country. A kickoff event at the Reno Sparks Convention Center offered help to those looking for affordable insurance coverage.

Local residents need to keep in mind that whatever is taking place in Washington, health insurance coverage and enrollment for 2018 is underway. However, they have less time to complete the task.

The kickoff event got began around noon. Within about an hour, all navigators and other in-person assistants were busy helping people sign up for health insurance.

The line moved quickly and some people were just looking for information.

“Our health care coverage is no longer writing a plan in Nevada so we have to the end of December in order to get health insurance,” said Dianna Spivack.

Spivack will find carriers in Washoe County limited, but that won't be the only change.

“I don't understand why they cut down the days for enrollment; that part I thought was not fair,” says Spivack.

The Trump Administration cut enrollment time in half, saying it would have no impact on anyone's ability to sign up for insurance.

The deadline to sign up is December 15, 2017. Federal dollars used to inform the public about open enrollment and pay those who help people find insurance has also been cut. But Nevada won't be impacted by those changes.

“What is so great about Nevada is we are a state-based market place. Also we have our own marketing campaign, our own webpage, our own outreach with navigators, our own outreach team. That hundred-million-dollar cut or whatever it was didn’t really impact us,” said Janel Davis with the Silver State Health Exchange.

Still, Nevada can't change that shortened enrollment period. So when you enroll, have these items with you:

A valid Nevada Driver's License or state I.D. or student I.D. for dependents.

Permanent resident or alien registration card.

Social security card--birth dates for all tax household members

Proof of Nevada residency like a power or phone bill.

Estimate of household income.

3 most recent paycheck stubs.

Copy of any health insurance information.

If you have questions about who can sign you up for insurance and where go, click here or here.

There will be a last-minute enrollment event on December 15, 2017 at the Reno Sparks Convention Center from 12:00pm to 8:00pm.
A Holiday Health Fair will also be part of the event.