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
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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
Health care industry proposes amendment to reduce public option bill to actuarial study
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
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
Following new CDC guidance, NSHE drops mask-mandate for fully vaccinated individuals on college 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
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
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
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.