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Sisolak announces COVID-19 vaccine incentive program with $1 million grand prize

June 17th, 2021 - 4:10pm
The announcement of the program, called “Vax Nevada Days,” comes as the state lags behind President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4 — as of June 16, the state has at least partially vaccinated 59.4 percent of the adult population, a mark that ranks 33rd among the 50 states.

Sisolak signs bill making Nevada the second state to adopt a public health insurance option

June 9th, 2021 - 2:28pm
Nevada became the second state in the nation to enact a state-managed public health insurance option on Wednesday, with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s signature transforming a bill that hadn’t even been made public until six weeks ago into law.

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School-based vaccination sites open as health workers focus on boosting COVID-19 shots to teens

June 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
As of Wednesday, more than 18,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 in Nevada had been given at least one dose of the vaccine, representing about 10.7 percent of kids who fall into that age group, according to data from the state Department of Health and Human Services.

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Public option likely all but a done deal after Assembly approves bill on party lines

May 30th, 2021 - 10:41pm
Nevada’s bid to establish a state-managed public health insurance option appeared all but certain to become a reality late Sunday evening after the Assembly voted on party lines to approve legislation setting the process for establishing such a plan in motion.

Public option proposal advances as key Assembly leaders put their support behind the bill for the first time publicly

May 29th, 2021 - 7:52pm
Nevada came one step closer to becoming the second state in the nation to pass a state-managed public health insurance option on Saturday after an Assembly committee voted to advance the legislation and two key leaders voiced support for the bill after being relatively mum on the measure.

Assembly taking time to get interested parties ‘all in the corral together’ before advancing public option bill

May 28th, 2021 - 1:12pm
With just three days left in the session, a Senate bill to establish a state-managed public health insurance option finally received its first hearing in the Assembly on Friday.

Health care industry proposes amendment to reduce public option bill to actuarial study

A patient checks in at an urgent care
May 25th, 2021 - 7:30pm
Insurance companies, hospitals and doctors have proposed an amendment to Nevada’s public option bill that would gut much of the existing legislation and replace it with a study, effectively delaying a formal decision on whether to move forward with the proposal for two years.

Public health insurance option bill clears the Senate on party-line vote, heads to the Assembly

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May 24th, 2021 - 3:29pm
A bill to establish a state-managed public health insurance option cleared its first major legislative hurdle on Monday, passing the Senate on a party-line vote.

If schools build summer learning programs, will the students come?

May 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
While summer school may be a dreaded term among many children, it has undergone something of a renaissance this year. Buoyed by fears of pandemic-caused learning deficits and an influx of federal money, school districts across the nation and Nevada are standing up summer learning programs.

Nevadans who died from COVID-19 collectively lost more than 42,000 years of potential life, state analysis finds

May 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
The department’s analysis of COVID-19 attributable deaths in Nevada found that 42,232 years of life in the state were lost to the virus over the last year, with an average of 13 years of life lost per death.

Following new CDC guidance, NSHE drops mask-mandate for fully vaccinated individuals on college campuses

May 20th, 2021 - 4:21pm
The Nevada System of Higher Education announced Thursday that it was adopting new CDC rules on masks that would allow those who are fully vaccinated to stop wearing masks in most circumstances on the state’s college and university campuses.

New amendment proposes making changes to Medicaid portion of public option bill in effort to reduce fiscal impact

May 20th, 2021 - 9:00am
While Cannizzaro’s proposal to establish a state-managed public health insurance option has garnered significant attention, a lesser-noticed portion of the bill, SB420, proposes expanding certain Medicaid services in the state, including increasing eligibility of up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level for coverage for pregnant women, adding coverage for doulas (trained professionals who often assist in childbirth) and community health workers and requiring payment parity between advanced nurse practitioners and physicians.

Industry-heavy Patient Protection Commission could get significant membership overhaul

May 20th, 2021 - 2:00am
Today, the commission’s representatives include two doctors, two hospital CEOs, one union health trust representative, one private insurance representative, one drug company executive, a regional behavioral health coordinator and two patient advocates. But, if Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton has her way this session, the commission may soon see a shakeup of that membership.

$2 million price tag divides correctional officials and lawmakers over bill enrolling released prisoners in Medicaid

Guards walk inside High Desert State Prison as seen on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.
May 17th, 2021 - 9:30am
AB358, sponsored by Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D-Las Vegas), would in theory help alleviate medical expenses that the Nevada Department of Corrections currently covers with general fund dollars by signing up eligible members for Medicaid before release, Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen said as she presented the bill Tuesday during an Assembly Ways and Means Committee meeting.

Nevada’s drug transparency program could get two years of funding as lawmakers consider expanding its scope

May 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
Members of the Senate Finance Committee this week considered a $780,000 fiscal note from the Department of Health and Human Services on the latest drug transparency bill, SB380, which would allow state health officials to transfer the existing drug transparency database to the state’s Enterprise Information Technology Services Division, where it would live and be maintained moving forward. It also would allow the state to hire a pharmacist to manage the drug transparency program and a management analyst to assist with the program’s facilitation.

Budget subcommittee votes to roll back Medicaid rate decreases approved during summer special session

May 13th, 2021 - 2:00am
Lawmakers on a budget subcommittee voted Wednesday to recommend rolling back a 6 percent Medicaid rate decrease, approved by the Legislature during a budget-slashing special session last summer, in a major victory for Nevada’s health care providers who had pilloried the reductions.

Health insurance reform expert: Public option may not have ‘dramatic impact’ on uninsured rate but takes ‘noble approach’ in addressing costs

A patient checks in at an urgent care
May 12th, 2021 - 2:00am
The Nevada Independent took some time to talk last week with Sabrina Corlette, a research professor, founder and co-director of the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University, about the potential benefits and drawbacks of Nevada's public option bill.

Lawmakers look to strengthen organ transplant anti-discrimination laws

State Senator Scott Hammond
May 10th, 2021 - 10:00am
Denying organ transplants for people with intellectual and physical disabilities is considered illegal under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but disability rights advocates say a lack of enforcement means the law isn’t being fully followed throughout the United States.

In new phase of the immunization effort, community groups take a grassroots approach to getting out the vaccine

May 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
Nevada is currently targeting the wait-and-see group in the latest phase of its vaccination effort, which has seen a shift away from mass vaccination sites in favor of smaller, more personal community-based vaccination sites and pop-up clinics.

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