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Featured news in this section focuses on Nevada, the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange (Nevada Health Link), the Nevada Division of Insurance (in the Department of Business and Industry), and actions by the state legislature affecting insurance brokers and clients. 

Biden Wants To Roll Back Trump’s Expansion Of Short-Term Health Insurance Plans

The Biden administration wants to crack down on short-term health insurance plans, which it says can leave patients saddled with hefty medical bills. The proposed rule, announced Friday as part of a series of actions aimed at lowering health care costs, would limit the duration of these controversial plans to three months with the option ...

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Medical Residency Program Hopes To Address Doctor Shortage In Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Silver State needs to add 1,585 doctors to the workforce to keep up with the national average according to the Nevada Hospital Association. Currently, Nevada ranks 48th lowest in primary care physicians per person. The Rose Dominican Internal Medicine Residency program at St. Rose is hoping to address the shortage ...

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Expanded Hospital Seeks To Make Dent In Southern Nevada’s Mental Health Needs

In the bright blue and yellow gym at Desert Winds Hospital, a mental health facility in Las Vegas, children ages 12 to 17 are able to play basketball and other sports while receiving inpatient care as part of an individualized plan that can include music therapy, yoga and pet therapy, as well as having their ...

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Health Insurer For 2,800 Nevadans Taken Over By State Regulators

Day-to-day operations of Friday Health Plans will now be handled by the Division of Insurance. The insurer’s policies are still in effect and the court order, which was issued June 12, prohibits providers from denying health services.

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Nevada Legislature Passes Consumer Health Data Privacy Bill

SB 370 imposes requirements pertaining to the collection, use, and sale of consumer health data. It would generally prohibit the collection and sharing of consumer health data without the relevant consumer’s affirmative, voluntary consent, and would similarly prohibit the sale of consumer health data without the consumer’s written authorization.

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These Proposed Laws Could Improve Nevada’s Psychiatric Facilities

Three bills that passed the Nevada Legislature this session could help state agencies keep a more watchful eye on psychiatric residential treatment facilities across the state, like the recently shuttered Never Give Up Youth Healing Center. Two of the bills were sponsored by the Commission on Health and Human Services, which includes Assemblyman Gregory Hafen, R-Pahrump. ...

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Denials Of Health Insurance Claims Are On The Rise — And Getting Weirder

Millions of Americans in the past few years have run into this experience: filing a health care insurance claim that once might have been paid immediately but instead is just as quickly denied. If the experience and the insurer’s explanation often seem arbitrary and absurd, that might be because companies appear increasingly likely to employ ...

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Nevada Insurance Commissioner Petitions To Place Friday Health In Receivership

Nevada Insurance Commissioner Scott Kipper has filed legal action with the Nevada District Court to place Friday Health Plans of Nevada under regulatory supervision.

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Nevada Medicaid To Begin ‘Unwinding’

Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, Nevada Medicaid has provided continuous coverage to all individuals and families enrolled in the state health insurance program. Continuous coverage enables families to stay insured without needing to verify their eligibility annually. This allowed families to continue to visit doctors and receive medications without interruptions.

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Teva To Pay Nevada $193 Million Over Role In Opioid Epidemic

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA.TA) on Wednesday agreed to pay Nevada $193 million to settle claims that its marketing practices fueled opioid addiction, the state announced.

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