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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. 

House Votes to Repeal Medicare Cost-Control Panel in ObamaCare

The House voted Tuesday to abolish a cost-cutting board under ObamaCare that has drawn criticism from members of both parties. Lawmakers voted 244-154 to abolish what is known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The board is tasked with coming up with Medicare cuts if spending rises above a certain threshold, but has been criticized as ...

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Having Survived Court Ruling, Insurance Markets Still Face Economic Threats

Despite having survived a challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal government’s health insurance markets face weighty struggles as they try to keep prices under control, entice more consumers and encourage quality medical care. The government’s insurance markets – as well as more than a dozen run by states — have been operating for ...

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Nevada to Offer Transgender Health Coverage Starting July 1

State employees and covered family members will have health coverage for gender reassignment and other transgender procedures under a new insurance policy that takes effect July 1. The Public Employee Benefits Program board voted in November to remove language in the state’s self-funded and HMO plans that specifically excluded therapy for gender dysphoria. Brock Maylath, ...

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Lawsuit Accuses Las Vegas Surgeons, Hospitals of Health Care Fraud

A California lawsuit accuses two surgeons and four hospitals in Las Vegas of participating in a massive health care fraud scheme that involved implanting counterfeit spinal hardware into unsuspecting patients. The case, filed in February by dozens of insurance companies in Los Angeles County Superior Court, was recently unsealed. According to the lawsuit, California-based Spinal ...

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Richard Whitley to Direct Nevada Health and Human Services

Gov. Brian Sandoval on Monday appointed Richard Whitley director of the Department of Health and Human Services. Whitley, former administrator of the Division of Public and Behavioral Health, has been interim director of the huge state agency since February. “Richard has proven to be a steady and capable leader and I am pleased to make ...

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Nevada Insurance Chief Resigns; No Reason Given

Nevada Commissioner of Insurance Scott J. Kipper announced Thursday his resignation effective July 2. “It has been an honor to have served the state of Nevada as commissioner,” Kipper said. “I am proud of the division’s accomplishments. I am certain that the Division of Insurance will continue to serve the consumers, protecting the rights of ...

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Nevada Considers Transitioning to Healthcare.gov

The clock is ticking for various state legislatures that are pondering a change in the way their residents enroll in public health insurance exchanges ahead of the widely anticipated June ruling in King v. Burwell on whether federal subsidies will be scrapped in 34 states that rely on Healthcare.gov for signups. One such example is a joint ...

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NVHCA Pushing for Legislative Study to Review State Funding Formula, Improve Health Outcomes for Nevada’s Senior Citizens

Daniel Mathis, president and CEO of the Nevada Health Care Association (NVHCA), is urging state lawmakers to approve an interim legislative study that could improve funding and care provided by Nevada’s nursing homes and related facilities.

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Bill with “Zero” Chance Proposes Privatizing Provision of Nevada Medical Services

The elderly, the blind and the physically disabled. Thousands of people in these groups in Clark and Washoe counties face major changes in the way assistive services are provided to them should Assembly Bill 310.

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ACA Grant Should Help Nevada’s Homeless and Veterans

Thousands of people in Nevada, including the homeless, are expected to benefit from $1.2 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to expand nonprofit community health centers.

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