Activity Increases on Nevada Health Exchange

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's health insurance exchange is seeing a surge in activity as a deadline draws near for people to buy insurance for coverage that takes effect Jan. 1.

Officials with the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange say the state's online insurance portal, called Nevada Health Link, has had 539,000 unique visitors since it went live Oct. 1. That number includes 80,000 last week alone.

So far 6,629 plans have been selected. That's up from 513 chosen in the first month of operation.

The exchange has an enrollment target of 118,000 by the end of March.

According to statistics released Wednesday by the federal government, 28,500 people who used Nevada's exchange were found eligible for Medicaid or another program that provides insurance for low-income children.