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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. 

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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Southern Nevada Officials Clarify COVID Changes Post-Public Health Emergency

Just one year ago, the COVID-19 omicron variant was spreading in communities across the United States. That meant increased hospitalizations and deaths, which is why public health officials recommended updated vaccinations along with masking, social distancing and the other pandemic steps we’ve been taking since 2020. Although the federal COVID-19 public health emergency officially ended ...

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Legislature Passes Health Care Stipends For Substitute Teachers

The Nevada Legislature has passed a bill that provides long-term substitute teachers who work for 30 or more days with a $450 monthly subsidy to purchase health care. The state Senate voted 16-4 Tuesday to approve the bill. It passed the Assembly in April by a vote of 31-11. Assembly Republicans Gregory Koenig, Heidi Kasama and Toby Yurek and Senate ...

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Nevada Moves To Shift Medicaid Services To Statewide Managed Care

Through a budget committee vote in May, state lawmakers reversed Gov. Joe Lombardo’s proposed cuts to the state-run public health insurance option popularly called the “public option” — a measure passed during the 2021 legislative session that Lombardo called “bullshit” on the campaign trail. But as part of that meeting, in a move that went ...

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Nevada Medical Malpractice Bill Toxic, Doctors Say

Proposed legislation that would dramatically increase the cap on awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases would intensify a doctor shortage in Nevada, opponents say.

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