Nevadans have until May 15 to enroll in a health plan through Nevada Health Link, the online health insurance marketplace operated by the state’s Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Emergency Declaration, which gave Nevadans additional time to enroll through Nevada Health Link, is open to qualified Nevadans who missed the Open Enrollment Period. Nevadans who enroll by May 15, 2020, the end of the Special Enrollment Period, have coverage effective June 1, 2020.
Nevada Health Link, the only place Nevadans can receive subsidies on their insurance, states that more than 80 percent of consumers who purchase a plan are eligible for financial assistance. Its plans cover health benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act: pre-existing conditions, emergency and ambulatory services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs, lab services and mental health services. COVID-19 care is covered by all plans offered through Nevada Health Link, though insurance is not required to be tested.
Individuals seeking enrollment during this time are encouraged to contact the Customer Assistance Call Center Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 1-800-547-2927 (TTY: 711).
The Call Center’s extended weekend hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Additionally, Nevada Health Link says that consumers who are having a hard time paying their monthly premiums, should contact their health insurance carrier directly rather than canceling their health insurance plans because they might be eligible for payment grace periods. Those enrolled who recently lost their job or had a change in income may be eligible to receive more subsidy assistance to help pay for their health plans.