RENO, NV - Nevada is poised to receive millions of dollars to implement a portion of the controversial National Health Care Act--this while the state is prepared to argue in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the landmark law. And there’s still more on this issue to wrap your mind around.
If you own a small company or are self-employed, we don’t need to tell you how expensive health insurance is.
That’s where health care insurance exchanges come in.
“So, the health insurance exchange brings qualified health care plans to one location and helps educate people and negotiate a price,” says Nevada Senator Sheila Leslie and Democrat from Reno.
The federal health care act otherwise known as ObamaCare includes health care exchanges as part of the law.
Last legislative session, both the assembly and the senate unanimously passed a bill that created the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.
Governor Brian Sandoval signed the bill, but at the same time, he re-appointed Las Vegas attorney Mark Hutchinson to represent Nevada in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and ask that the National Health Care Act, be overturned.
“So he's going to do what he's going to do. But I think the legislature a majority of the legislature does not agree with the governor on this point,” says Senator Leslie.
Randi Thompson represents the National Federation of Independent Business which is also asking the Supreme Court to throw out ObamaCare .
“The state should go ahead with the exchange especially if we can look at adding an element like a high risk pool,” says Thompson.
But with a strapped state budget, Senator Leslie says those federal health care dollars are going to be needed to set up a Nevada exchange which already has a board of directors.
With no such thing as free money, the state's efforts to have the only say in a health care insurance exchange just became less so.
While many are waiting so see how the Supreme Court comes down on the National Health Care Act, some of it is already in place.
That includes allowing children to stay on their parents health insurance until age 26.