Sisolak urges Nevadans to sign up for health insurance by deadline

PHoto: Dana Gentry
PHoto: Dana Gentry

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.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, a grandson, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.


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