Job losses associated with the pandemic stripped many Nevadans of their health insurance, forcing them to purchase their own policies.
That led to enhancements in the Nevada Health Exchange online insurance marketplace, which begins open enrollment on Sunday. The exchange is the only place Nevadans can access the federal insurance subsidies that are part of the Affordable Care Act.
Heather Korbulic, executive director of the exchange, told State of Nevada that her office has prepared for an expected increase in traffic, including extending the open enrollment period by a month, to Jan. 15.
She also said there will be better coordination with Medicaid, the federal and state low-income health insurance program. Additionally, Friday Health Plans, a new carrier on the exchange, is dedicated to individual, gig worker, and small-business customers.