State insurance exchange opens special enrollment period

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noneThe Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, the state-based marketplace created through the Affordable Care Act, is offering a special enrollment period through April 15. 

The announcement comes days after Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a declaration of emergency in response to the increased number of positive COVID-19 cases. 

“I am calling on all uninsured Nevadans, even if you are healthy, to take advantage of this special opportunity to gain access to health insurance coverage through the Exchange,” Sisolak said in a statement. “The COVID-19 virus is an unfortunate but important reminder that our health and well being should be top priority and gaining access to insurance is a critical step in that process.” 

Officials stressed insurance isn’t required for testing, and the emergency declaration provides that there is no cost to consumers for testing. But they stressed it is still important to have health insurance during any health crisis. 

“The comprehensive insurance plans on Nevada Health Link are designed to protect you and your family from financial ruin if a medical issue or accident occurs, and they cover the ten essential health benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act, including but not limited to pre-existing conditions,” said Heather Korbulic, the executive director of the exchange. 

More information is available at nevadahealthlink.com/sep or in Spanish at nevadahealthlink.com/sepes.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.