The 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.