Report for Nevada HealthLink due on Wednesday

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Updated: 4/29/2014 9:42 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- There is a tough decision coming for the board that oversees Nevada's ailing health exchange. The Silver State Exchange has been riddled with problems from the beginning.

The board will see an assessment of all the problems On Wednesday. Deloitte Consulting was paid more than $1 million to identify the problems and then provide recommendations. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers or solutions.

The report is almost 100 pages long. It devotes more than 30 of those pages to identifying a long list of problems, ranging from technology issues to poor project management.

It offers three recommendations to fix all the problems. One is dump Nevada's exchange and transition everything over to the federally-run health site. Other states with failed exchanges have chosen to do this.

'Oregon has decided to do that yes, and some of the other states who didn't opt for a state exchange have done that," said Interim Executive Director Steve Fisher.

Another option is to plug in a working exchange from another state, but it is not as easy as it sounds. "You don't just plug it in and it works," said Fisher. "So there will be an integrative cost involved in moving a state-based exchange system from another state to the state of Nevada."

Finally, the board could choose to fix everything that is wrong with Nevada's exchange.

The vendor behind the problems, Xerox, was awarded a contract for up to $75 million dollars. When asked why Xerox should get up to $75 million, Fisher said "I agree with that. We have paid them some, but we have not paid them all of their dollars. We have not paid them."

As for how much Xerox has been paid so far, we are still waiting to hear back.

News 4 will follow-up with Wednesday's meeting where this report will be released.
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