Open Enrollment for health insurance ends Friday

RENO, (Nev) KOLO This year open health insurance enrollment began November 1, 2017. Local residents didn't want to wait to get health insurance coverage for next year
At that time many we talked to said they understood the period to enroll for coverage in 2018 had been cut in half.

Alex Sampson, who sells health insurance with Health Benefits Associates, says he's noticed there was less confusion this year as to what customers need to do for coverage.

“I think there is less confusion about how to get online to enroll, what website to go to, and what information to put in, what information they will be asking for and so forth,” said Alex Sampson, Health Benefits Associates.

The clock is ticking down on the Healthlink website where Nevadans can access information about health insurance enrollment.

Samspon says whether you enroll yourself or you have an agent or a facilitator help you, you need to have a couple items in your possession.

You'll need proof of income-- like a tax return.
Social security numbers of everyone in the family needing coverage,
And birth dates of all those individuals.
A valid identification card
Proof of Nevada residency.

Sampson says there aren't as many providers in Nevada as in past years so options may be limited. Prices are higher this year. And if your health insurance is no longer providing coverage, it's best to visit an expert in person to see what your options are.

At the Reno Sparks Convention Center North Hall, an Open Enrollment Closeout Event December 15 the last day to get health insurance. There will also be a health screening and flu shots there. Doors are open noon until 8:00pm.