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Health Care | State Government

Scarcity of providers, high costs part of “daunting” task facing new health-care focused commission

February 4th, 2020 - 2:00am
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. 

Health Care | State Government

Patients, experts testify about the impact of rising drug costs at first meeting of prescription price committee

January 31st, 2020 - 2:00am
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.

Health Care | IndyBlog | State Government

Lung association gives Nevada mostly “F” grades for tobacco control measures

January 30th, 2020 - 11:34am
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.

Health Care | Marijuana | State Government

To tackle vaping epidemic, state officials want to use playbook for fighting opioid abuse

January 2nd, 2020 - 2:00am
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.

Health Care | State Government | Technology

Governors seek funds to improve broadband, get telemedicine, education initiatives into rural West

December 18th, 2019 - 2:00am
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.

Community | Health Care

Disabled veterans in Reno look back on Thanksgivings marked by war zones, the kindness of strangers

November 28th, 2019 - 2:00am
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.

Health Care

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.”

Health Care

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 platform but through the state-run 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.



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