Carson City, NV - October 31, 2017
Open Enrollment begins tomorrow and many Nevadans must make
2018 health insurance choices amid a barrage of news and opinions regarding
healthcare. To help make the most informed decisions possible, the Nevada
Division of Insurance encourages consumers to streamline their health insurance
research process. First, determine which coverage option best fits their
financial and health situation. Then, focus on information and updates specific
to that category.
“Given the changes with our healthcare system consumers want
to pick the product that best covers their medical and pharmaceutical needs.
Losing their focus may cause consumers to pay more than intended overall for
their health insurance coverage,” said Insurance Commissioner Barbara
Richardson “As the open enrollment season begins, Nevada residents should
thoroughly research coverage options to determine the best plan for themselves
and their family members.”
Consumers are encouraged to visit the Division’s NV
Insurance 101 website at http://insurance101.nv.gov/
to learn more about what health insurance options are available for open
enrollment, how to shop for health insurance, and other important topics such
- The 2018 open enrollment period is now, Nov. 1 through
Dec. 15, 2017. Coverage begins Jan. 1, 2018.
- If you currently have coverage through the exchange and
do not choose a plan for 2018, you will be re-enrolled in the same or a
Nevada Health Link will be hosting an Open Enrollment
Kick-Off event on November 1 to get Nevadans connected with in-person
assistance to enroll in a 2018 health insurance plan. The event will take place
at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno and at St. Rose Dominican
Hospital, San Martin Campus in Las Vegas from noon to 7 p.m.
To avoid getting lost in the plethora of information about
health insurance, the Division offers the following recommendations to help
consumers rethink their research process:
1. Start early. The more information you gather, the smarter your decisions.
2.Stay abreast. The health insurance landscape is evolving rapidly. What is true
today may be false tomorrow.
3. Shop around. What made sense this year may not be the best solution next year,
particularly if your employment situation has changed. Take time to shop
About the Nevada Division of Insurance
The State of Nevada Division of Insurance, a Division of the
Nevada Department of Business and Industry, protects the rights of Nevada
consumers and regulates Nevada’s $14 billion insurance industry. The Division
of Insurance has offices in Carson City and Las Vegas. In 2016, the Division
investigated more than 3,200 consumer complaints and recovered nearly $5
million on behalf of consumers. For more information about the Division of
Insurance, visit DOI.NV.GOV or download the Division’s smartphone app NDOI
Connect today in the Apple App Store and Google Play.