CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s Medicaid enrollments are higher than expected under federal health reform.

Health and Human Services Director Mike Willden says the Medicaid caseload has grown by more than 10,000 from September to December.

Figures to be presented Thursday to the state’s health insurance exchange board also show that 74,000 have been deemed newly eligible as of Jan. 5, when the state expanded its eligibility to include childless adults.

That report adds that the majority of people choosing private insurance through Nevada’s online web portal are in southern Nevada, which makes up 68 percent of all policies sold.

In contrast, people in rural areas account for just 2 percent.


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