Lawmakers encourage Nevadans to get insured

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Earlier this year, freshman lawmaker Sarah Peters represented Assembly District 24 during Nevada's 80th Legislative Session which was comprised of a majority of women--a first for the country.

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But what you may not know, years ago, Peters found herself in an all too usual circumstance.

No health insurance.

“At that time it was me, and my husband, my daughter, and I was pregnant with my second,” says Peters. “Had no insurance at that time…terrifying."

Peters appeared in front of the Nevada Legislature on the morning of November 7, 2019, along with other northern Nevada lawmakers to encourage Nevadans to enroll for health insurance.

The enrollment period lasts until December 15.

Through a series of laws passed over two sessions, Nevada has its own platform to allow residents to look up, compare and sign-up for health insurance without the help of a federal portal known as healthcare.gov.

“So one of the first decision points we had to do was a million dollars to create the platform by which we could actually host the exchange and come off of the federal exchange,” says Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson concerning the money that had to be laid out to change platforms. “The federal exchange was getting so expensive," she says of healthcare.gov.

But the state has made other changes as well.

No matter what happens on a federal level Benitez-Thompson says state laws require insurance companies here cover pre-existing conditions.

The assemblywoman says lawmakers also made sure insurance companies covered newborn care, maternal care, mental health care, and contraception.

For more information on health insurance plans, costs, subsidies, and brokers who can help you work your way through the process, go to Nevada Health Link.


 

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