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Insurance Exchange Nightmare Fixed

Local Family Owed $1 Million In Paperwork Mix-Up

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas family that faced more than $1 million in unpaid medical bills due partly to a mix-up in Nevada’s insurance exchange has regained its coverage.

Knyell Smith, a father of five, says Nevada Health Link and his insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, resolved mistakes and technical problems that prevented his family from getting claims covered since early this year.

He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal an insurance executive notified him Saturday that all of the family’s claims are being expedited and will be paid this week.

Smith credits media coverage of the case for quickly resolving the issue.

His wife, Amber, spent 40 days in a hospital and underwent two surgeries after a daughter was born five weeks prematurely in February.

Knyell Smith says his insurance claims were denied because his wife’s birth year was listed incorrectly on their insurance identification cards as 1978 instead of 1979.


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