Nevada: @NVHealthLink enrolls 600 in 1st week of #COVID19 Enrollment Period
In the face of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, President Joe Biden reopened enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges.
For Nevadans, that means the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange is back in business.
The exchange connects Nevadans to health plans compliant with the Affordable Care Act, and it’s the only place consumers can access any federal subsidies.
“As soon as Nevada learned of the news from the federal government, we took immediate action to plan and collaborate with our insurance carriers and the statewide network of 750-plus brokers and navigators to implement a seamless, streamlined process for Nevadans,” said Heather Korbulic, executive director of Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.
Korbulic told KNPR's State of Nevada that there has already been a lot of interest from people around the state.
"We're pretty excited about the uptake that we've already started seeing and we think this is a wonderful opportunity for Nevadans to get connected to Nevada HealthLink," she said.
She said within the first week, which started February 15, the exchange had 600 enrollments. Korbulic calls that number "significant."
"We're really enthusiastic about getting into the weeds and doing some outreach to folks that are typically underinsured or potentially uninsured for a variety of different reasons. This gives us extra time to do that," she said.
600 people (86/day) might not sound like much, but it's worth noting that Nevada has a fairly small population (3.14 million). The closest state to it is Iowa (3.16 million) which enrolled 1,436 people in the first 2 weeks, or 103/day; without knowing whether enrollment ramped up or not in the second week it's hard to draw any conclusion here.
In any event, Nevadans who aren't already enrolled in an on-exchange ACA policy can do so up through May 15th...and with the pending final passage of the American Rescue Plan, they'll have a lot more incentive to do so!