Health Care | State Government
Insurance rate dispute could mean children with autism dropped from therapy
November 6th, 2019 - 2:00am
“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.”
Open enrollment begins on Nevada’s new state-based exchange platform
November 1st, 2019 - 2:00am
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.
Health Care | State Government
Sisolak 'shocked' over pharmacy board's failure to conduct background checks; board staffer resigns
October 29th, 2019 - 1:52pm
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.
Election 2020 | Health Care
Presidential hopefuls cite labor in opposition to Medicare for all, but what do Nevada’s unions want?
October 27th, 2019 - 2:00am
The Culinary Health Center lies within an unremarkable building on an unremarkable block in East Las Vegas. But the clinic’s beige exterior belies its well-appointed interior — a granite, concierge-style reception desk where patients are greeted, tiled columns, wood paneled ceilings, modern globe light fixtures and wall decorations shimmering with gold-colored threads. If Culinary workers spend their days laboring in some of the most glitzy casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, their union wanted them to have an equally as pleasant aesthetic experience while receiving their health care, union officials have said.
As briefs filed in Nevada Independent drug transparency lawsuit, judge delays hearing until November
October 21st, 2019 - 4:21pm
Just a day before a lawsuit by The Nevada Independent to obtain public records through the state’s drug transparency law was set for a hearing and both sides had filed briefs, District Court Judge Adriana Escobar has kicked the hearing date to November 19.
Health Care | Legislature
Indy Q&A: NAMI executive Sandy Stamates on stigma, new resources and a better way to talk about mental illness
October 21st, 2019 - 2:00am
NAMI recently marked their Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 6-12, which Congress started designating in 1990 to bring attention to mental illness. NAMI offers classes for family members of those affected and highlights celebrities who have dealt with mental illness themselves, to fight the stigma that still surrounds mental health.
Months after approving major pro-abortion rights bill, Nevada blacklisted by San Francisco for ‘restrictive’ policies
Government | Health Care | Legislature | Local Government
Letters reveal tension between local governments on how to address homelessness, even as Legislature called for collaboration
When the City of Las Vegas sent a letter to other local governments suggesting its homelessness services were being strained by those outside their jurisdiction, county commissioners replied: How do you know where they are from if they don’t have addresses? The exchange is the latest show of tension between the two governing bodies struggling to address homelessness.
Education | Government | Health Care | Local Government | State Government | Water & Land
Native Americans in Nevada advocate for Indigenous Peoples Day to overshadow Columbus Day
Economy & Business | Government | Health Care | Immigration | Local Government
Clark County revives Asian-American Pacific Islanders Commission to develop a new cultural and resource center
Between life and death, patients left with little choice on air ambulance costs in rural Nevada
Nevada levies $17 million in fines on drug companies for noncompliance with diabetes drug transparency law
Nevada looks to build on existing substance use treatment programs with new federal grant
Report: Nevada sent 170 children in juvenile justice, child welfare systems out of state for treatment
Health Care | IndyBlog | Marijuana
Vaping-related illness found in Nevada; Trump proposes ban on flavored e-liquids
Health Care | IndyBlog | State Government
Nevada attorney general turns down settlement from Purdue Pharma, says it doesn't go far enough
September 11th, 2019 - 4:33pm
Attorney General Aaron Ford said on Twitter on Wednesday that the State of Nevada does not accept the $12 billion dollar settlement that Purdue Pharma, maker of the painkiller OxyContin, has proposed with some of the many jurisdictions that have sued the company. Ford filed an expanded lawsuit in June against more than 40 opioid manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma.
Criminal Justice | Health Care | Legislature
UNLV Medicine hosts panel to address widespread Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Nevada
September 11th, 2019 - 2:00am
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a developmental and behavioral condition that affects more than 10,000 children under the age of 18 in Clark County, making it more prevalent than autism, according to UNLV Medicine Ackerman Autism Center. A panel hosted by Ackerman Autism Center on Monday focused on meeting the challenges of living with FASD.