The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange (Exchange), the state agency that connects Nevadans to qualified health plans through the online Exchange State Based Exchange (SBE), known as the Nevada Health Link, announces the Open Enrollment Period (OEP) for the year of the 2021 plan from 1 November to 15 January 2021 – extend the traditional OEP by another 30 days and give consumers a total of 75 days to enroll in a complete health plan.
Nevada Health Link is the only place where Nevadans can access grants to help offset insurance costs and over 80% of consumers who purchase a plan through the exchange are eligible for financial assistance.
Considered a special enrollment period (SEP), Nevada Health Link’s flexibility to extend the 30-day OCE is one of the many benefits of operating as an SBE, regardless of the federal government. The next OEP will be Nevada Health Link’s second OEP since completing the switchover from HealthCare.gov in 2019.
Since then, Nevada Health Link has benefited from full autonomy and has provided access to all its functions, eligibility and data to its consumers.
“We have endured an alarming volume of uncertainty and change around COVID-19 that stunned the world earlier this year and continues to dictate the way we live and work for the foreseeable future,” said Heather Korbulic, director. executive, Silver State Health Insurance Exchange Exchange. “While we are still more than three months from the open enrollment for the 2021 plan year, we are proactively working to give consumers more time to explore and purchase health insurance through Nevada Health Link. Today more than ever, health coverage is essential. If there is anything we have learned from the pandemic, it is that COVID-19, like most diseases and injuries, does not discriminate. Hopefully the special enrollment period will help us move the needle and further bridge the gap in uninsured residents across the state. “
In collaboration with stakeholders and community partners, Nevada Health Link continues to discuss best practices for serving consumers in the current healthcare landscape of the novel Coronavirus.
Nevada Health Link recently announced the recipients of its 2021 grant program, which offers funds to select brokers / agents, surfers and in-person assistants to use for the marketing, awareness and operational costs associated with store locations.
The collective goal is to increase subscribers through more targeted marketing and dissemination, many of which must incorporate social distancing protocols in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus.
Nevada Health Link’s qualified health plans cover the ten essential health benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, including but not limited to pre-existing conditions.
This includes emergency and walking services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs, laboratory services and mental health services, to name a few. Consumers should know that COVID-19 support is covered by all plans offered through Nevada Health Link.
Nevada Health Link reminds Nevada residents that they experience qualifying events, such as job loss, marriage, the birth of a child, moving, loss of health insurance or denial of Medicaid, they may be eligible to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan at any time in the ‘year.
Consumers who have recently lost their jobs or had a change in income may also be eligible to receive multiple benefits to help pay for their health plans, and therefore should contact Nevada Health Link rather than cancel their health insurance plans.
A qualified health plan can be a cheaper alternative to COBRA.
More information on our website: https://www.nevadahealthlink.com/sep or in Spanish: https://www.nevadahealthlink.com/sepes.
About Nevada Health Link
Nevada Health Link is the online insurance market managed by the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange (Exchange), established by the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) in 2011 by the State of Nevada and started operations in 2013 with the belief that all Nevadians deserve access to health insurance. In 2019, the stock exchange moved from the federal HealthCare.gov market and became a fully operational state exchange (SBE), in time for its seventh open enrollment period (OEP). Nevada Health Link connects eligible Nevada residents with budget-appropriate health and dental coverage and is the only place where qualified consumers can receive federal tax credits to help cover premium costs. Open Enrollment has ended; for more information or to see if you are eligible for a special membership period, visit our website. Subscribe to the Nevada Health Link blog and YouTube channel, like them on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram. Nevada Health Link always encourages consumers to take advantage of free assistance from a licensed professional by calling 1-800-547-2927 or visiting NevadaHealthLink.com.