Silver State Health Insurance Exchange open for business

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Updated: 10/01/2013 10:56 am
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) – The Nevada Health Link is up and open for business.

The site is engineered to help direct Nevadans around health care plans and the options available to them so they can insure they will be covered by January 1, 2014.

"Our number one goal is to increase the number of insured people in Nevada," Silver State Health Insurance Executive Director Jon Hager says.

According to the Associated Press about 22 percent, or 617,000 Nevadans, lack health insurance.

Hager tells News 4 the goal is to have 118,000 Nevadans insured by March 31, 2014, the day the open enrollment for 2014 closes.

The exchanges are part the Affordable Care Act which is a reform designed to make everyone have health coverage by 2014.

Hager says there is an individual mandate that people need to be covered. Coverage can be maintained either through the exchange, employer or a government program like Medicaid or Medicare. Hager says there's a number of government programs out there that satisfy the mandate.

He says a majority of people have health insurance and do not need to be worried about the new reform.

However, it will be up to employers if they chose to change their health care coverage.

Hager tells News 4, there are four providers a part of the exchange and together they offer 40-plus plans. He also believes with financial help there are options for everyone, even those who fear they can not afford health coverage.

Hager invites those curious to explore and research various plans. You can do that by clicking here.

News 4 has also organized some helpful tips, links, key dates, etc. involving the Affordable Care Act, click here.

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