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Bumpy Start For Nevada Health Link

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Nevada Health Link website  (photo: Tate South/KXNT/CBS Las Vegas)

Nevada Health Link website (photo: Tate South/KXNT/CBS Las Vegas)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KXNT/AP) — Nevada’s health insurance exchange was a tad late getting out of the starting gate but was up and running Tuesday.

But officials with Nevada Health Link, the state’s online portal, say consumers will need to be patient as bugs continue to be worked out.

About 300 people were browsing the website at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, minutes after the exchange opened.

Officials say insurance carriers are still verifying that benefits quoted on the website are accurate.

Additionally, an online calculator to determine out-of-pocket costs is not yet functioning and a Spanish language portal won’t be ready until November.

Tuesday is opening day for online insurance exchanges around the country. They are part of President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law that requires everyone to have insurance by 2014.

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