Nevadans can start looking for health plans before enrollment Nov. 1

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Healthcare.gov was the government portal Nevada used for years to help facilitate the sale of health insurance.

But each year, the use of that website got more and more expensive.

“This plan year for 2019, we were estimating we would pay them about 12.5 million dollars,” says Heather Korbulic, Executive Director of the Silver State Health Insurance Program. “Whereas our contract to operate a state based exchange will be about $5,000,000 annually,” she says.

Not only is Nevada saving money to run its own platform to help Nevadans find eligibility and enrollment in a health insurance plan, this new state-based exchange makes it easier for consumers to find a plan that's right for them.

Consumers will find a plan for their needs.

Enrollment doesn’t start until November 1, and continues to December 15, 2019.

As of yesterday those looking for a health insurance plan, can simply click on the "start shopping" tab and look at plans, their costs, and if subsidies apply.

This year Nevadans have between 17 and 27 health plans from which to choose depending upon where they live.

Those plans are offered by three carriers.

There are six carriers who are offering 17 dental plans as well.

This state-run platform is a big move for Nevada.

Back in 2014 Nevada hired Xerox to run the state platform when Obamacare hit the national stage.

The results were disastrous, which is why the state switched to the federal platform

But, this time Korbulic says the state system has been tried and tested, and she's confident consumers will be happy with the seamless transition.

“We want to make sure everything is being displayed properly and that consumes are getting a real picture of what is available to them,” she says.

If you would like to start searching for a health plan for yourself or your family, click here.

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