“I know that all the sizzle in the debate right now is about Medicare for all versus the alternatives … And of course, I think my plan is the best plan,” said Buttigieg. “But, it doesn’t so much matter if you’re covered if you can’t get access.”
The Senate last week wrapped up its impeachment trial by acquitting President Donald Trump as the House approved measures to revamp the labor laws, provide $4.6 billion for Puerto Rico earthquake recovery and disapprove of a White House plan to scale back Medicaid spending.
Obesity and diabetes rates are higher on Indian reservations than the national average — a trend that researchers trace back to the creation of reservations themselves, federal intervention, geographic isolation and reduced access to traditional food sources that had supplied tribes for generations.
Price, licensing, and access for special populations were among the topics of discussion at the first meeting of the new commission on Monday. Gov. Steve Sisolak first promised to form the commission while on the campaign trail in 2018 and appeared at the meeting in person in Las Vegas to talk with the group and share his own goals.
The testimony was a part of the first meeting of a committee focused on assessing prescription drug pricing held in Las Vegas. During the meeting, legislators heard from patients affected by high drug costs as well as policy experts who described what has been done so far nationwide to lower those costs for consumers.
The low grades come in spite of a relatively active 2019 legislative session on the issue, including the passage of a tax on vaping products that will largely direct revenue toward tobacco prevention activities. The new tax and existing funds from a settlement with tobacco companies means Nevada will have $3.4 million a year to spend on prevention activities — a boost, but still far from the federal recommendation of $30 million in spending per year.
Fifteen percent of high schoolers in Nevada reported they had vaped in 2017, compared with less than 7 percent who said they had smoked cigarettes during that time period. The Southern Nevada Health District has reported five vaping-related lung illness cases in the last three months, including that of a 19-year-old College of Southern Nevada student who had to be put into an induced coma and on a ventilator to breathe, Ford said.
A woman’s daily use of marijuana while pregnant was shown to cause multiple health problems for her infant, such as an increased risk of low birth weight, low resistance to infections, and decreased oxygen levels.
Gov. Steve Sisolak announced on Thursday the members and executive director of the long-awaited Patient Protection Commission, a body tasked with a top-to-bottom review of health care in Nevada and promised by Sisolak during his campaign.
Sixty-five percent of Nevada’s rural population is without access to sufficient telecommunications compared to five percent of the urban population, according to a 2016 report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Nevada’s state leaders have been working on the issue for years, and a discussion on broadband access came last week at the Western Governors' Association’s (WGA) annual winter meeting in Las Vegas.
Nevada’s health insurance exchange is extending its open enrollment period through Friday for people who began applications for coverage but had not finished them by the Sunday deadline, a move exchange officials are hoping will boost registration amid reports of flagging signups during the 45-day period.
Two national health care industry behemoths have ended a yearslong standoff and reached an agreement that will bring a major Las Vegas hospital in network for hundreds of thousands of patients insured by some of Nevada’s largest health plans.
By the 11 a.m. start time, about 20 veterans were ready to get inside the Voice in the Wilderness Church of God for their Thanksgiving meal, and many more filtered in throughout the day. They wore their service patches and hats, honoring and remembering their individual sacrifices and time in the military as they talked eagerly amongst one another.
The agreement between The Lovaas Center and Anthem is a positive development for many families around Nevada who were receiving autism-related services using Anthem’s medical insurance. About 60 patients at The Lovaas Center were put at risk of losing insurance coverage for those services because of the dispute.
“Since 2015, Anthem has continually reduced their rates by approximately 60 percent which has become cost-prohibitive for us to remain in-network with them,” said Jon Paul Saunders, clinic director of the Las Vegas-based Lovaas Center, which focuses on autism treatment. “In Anthem’s attempts to align with Medicaid rates, they have lost us as a participating provider.”
The exchange is launching — for the second time in its six-year history — a fully state-run platform to enroll Nevadans in health insurance plans through the individual marketplace. In the simplest of terms, that means no longer will Nevadans sign up for health insurance plans through the federal healthcare.gov platform but through the state-run nevadahealthlink.com website.
The Nevada State Board of Pharmacy failed to fully process background checks on wholesale pharmacy companies for more than a decade in spite of requirements under state law, a lapse that Gov. Steve Sisolak called a “longstanding alarming issue” and resulted in the resignation of the board’s former executive director.