The deadline to sign up for health insurance is midnight Saturday night and Governor-Elect Steve Sisolak, who will inherit responsibility for the state’s insurance exchange, is drumming up business.
Sisolak held a news conference Friday at the Grant Sawyer building, the state government headquarters in Las Vegas, and encouraged Nevadans without coverage – especially young adults — to sign up before the deadline.
“Millennials, you think you’re invincible but you’re not,” said Sisolak, noting he has young adult daughters.
Asked whether the Affordable Care Act is sustainable without a mandate that individuals be covered, Sisolak said “I don’t know.”
Sisolak says he’s concentrating on his transition and not ready to determine whether Nevada should have its own mandate.
The governor-elect says signing up more Nevadans is key to reducing high deductibles on low-cost and subsidized policies.
President Donald Trump has worked to dismantle the ACA, the central achievement of the Obama administration. He’s cut the TV advertising budget for encouraging participation and signed away the enforcement mechanism requiring individual participation – a key component of the ACA’s model, which requires diluting the insurance pool with younger, healthier Americans.
Free help finding a plan and signing up is available at a variety of locations through Saturday. Click here to find nearby locations and times of operation. You can also sign up at Nevada Health Link.