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Feds Approve Nevada Health Insurance Exchange

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(Las Vegas, NV) — Nevada’s plans to implement the Affordable Care Act have been OK’d by the Federal government.

The Silver State has been given conditional approval to operate an insurance exchange that will help people choose a health insurance plan.

Nevada has contracted with Xerox Health Services to develop an enrollment website and a customer call center. The exchange is set to open this October.

Governor Brian Sandoval says whe will oppose long-term funding for the project if it takes away money from other state programs or requires a tax increase, adding the exchange will have to become self-sufficient if it is to continue long-term.

Next week, a board overseeing the Exchange will hold a hearing to adopt regulations imposing a monthly fee on insurers who offer coverage through the exchange.

An estimated 588,000 Nevadans don’t have health insurance coverage.

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