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Nevada Enrolls 88,000 in Health Insurance Marketplace

About 88,000 Nevadans signed up for health insurance through Nevada Health Link during the last open enrollment period. (Arizona PIRG)
About 88,000 Nevadans signed up for health insurance through Nevada Health Link during the last open enrollment period. (Arizona PIRG)
February 9, 2016

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The numbers are in and 88,000 Nevadans enrolled or re-enrolled in health coverage through the federal insurance marketplace, known as Nevada Health Link, in the past three months.

Health care advocates say they're very pleased with the progress made during the third annual open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, which runs each winter from November through the end of January.

Annette Raveneau, national Latino press secretary for the nonprofit Enroll America, says many Nevadans rushed to sign up just before the deadline.

"The final week of open enrollment, they increased their people that were interested in getting health insurance by 12 percent," says Raveneau. "Which is a very high-percentage growth."

She says the Silver State also saw a 20 percent increase in sign-ups at Nevada Health Link between the second enrollment period a year ago, and this enrollment period.

Nationally, 12.7 million people enrolled or re-enrolled through the marketplace in the past three months. Raveneau says those numbers have been steadily rising since November 2013.

"The first open enrollment period was around 8 million people; the second open enrollment period was 11.7 million," she says. "And then, for this third open enrollment period, it's 12.7 million."

Raveneau notes that the 12.7 million number doesn't include the additional 14 million Americans who have gained health insurance over the past three years as a number of states, including Nevada, expanded their Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Programs with money from the Affordable Care Act.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV