Bill Would Require Some Medicaid Copayments

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Newly eligible Medicaid enrollees would pay for some medical services under a bill introduced in the Nevada Senate.

SB306 sponsored by Republican Sen. Ben Kieckhefer would impose a $5 copayment for going to a hospital emergency room for non-emergency treatment.

Similar non-emergency visits to an urgent care center would require a $2 copayment.

There would be no copayment required for a regular doctor's visit.

The federal health reform law passed by Congress expands eligibility for Medicaid and allows states to require recipients to share in the cost of their care.

Under health reform, childless, single adults in Nevada will be eligible for Medicaid for the first time.

State officials estimate Nevada's Medicaid rolls will grow from 313,000 to 490,000 by 2015.