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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. 

Tribal Health Workers Aren’t Paid Like Their Peers. See Why Nevada Changed That.

Most state Medicaid programs don’t recognize or pay for services offered by health workers, such as Noneo, who work on tribal lands. That’s despite their work being essentially the same as that of “community health workers” in nontribal communities, a classification many state Medicaid programs cover.

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Feds Raise Concerns About Long Call Center Wait Times As Millions Dropped From Medicaid

As millions of Medicaid recipients face the potential loss of health coverage for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, state call centers are getting inundated with questions from people needing help. In some cases, federal officials say, it’s taking too long to get answers.

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Health Insurance Rates To Increase For Some Nevadans

Health insurance rates for Nevada residents who receive coverage through the individual health insurance market are set to increase this year, but the public has a chance to provide comments before they take effect.

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Prescription Shortage Is Worst They’ve Seen, Nevada Pharmacists Say

Nevada pharmacists say the nationwide medication shortage is the worst they have seen in their careers.

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HHS Secretary Becerra: Nevada ‘Still The Wild Wild West’ Of Health Care Policy

Nevada’s well-documented health care shortages are a source of frustration for many, but U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra believes it also presents opportunities.

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Thousands Of Nevadans Need To Find New Health Insurer By Fall

Friday Health Plans of Nevada’s assets will be sold on Sept. 1 and those still insured by the company will need to find a new health insurer on or before Aug. 31 to avoid a gap in coverage, according to a news release from the state Division of Insurance.

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Nevada’s New Consumer Health Data Privacy Law: 6 Things to Know

The Nevada legislature recently passed Senate Bill 370 (“Nevada’s Consumer Health Data Privacy Law”) aiming to impose broad requirements on collecting, using, and selling consumer health information. Nevada joins Washington and Connecticut with its own consumer health data privacy law.

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Data Breach Hits Las Vegas Hospitals, Medical Facilities

HCA Healthcare Inc. says it recently discovered that information on as many as 11 million patients “was made available by an unknown and unauthorized party on an online forum.”

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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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