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Feds OK Nevada's health exchange plans

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm •  Published: January 3, 2013

In August, a state panel chaired by Sandoval approved a $72 million contract to set up the computer system, website and operations needed to begin enrolling people this fall. The website will include tools for people to calculate costs and compare various plans offered through the exchange. A customer call center to be located in Las Vegas will employ about 50 people to assist consumers with questions and enrollment.

But Sandoval has also said he would oppose long-term funding for the exchange if it takes away money from other state programs or requires a tax increase.

"I'm not going to be supportive of taking general fund dollars," he said earlier, adding the exchange would have to become self-sufficient if it is to continue long term.

Next week, a board overseeing the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange will hold a hearing to adopt regulations imposing a monthly fee on insurers who offer coverage through the exchange.

Under the proposed rates, insurers in 2014 would pay $4.95 for each health care policy issued that doesn't include dental coverage; $5.31 for plans that include dental; and 36-cents for dental plans alone.

The fees, designed to help cover costs of running the program, would increase in each of the following three years to $8.62 for a combined health/dental plan in 2017 under the proposal.

Health insurance policies purchased before Dec. 15 will start coverage on Jan. 1 of next year.