Nevada’s Response to Coronavirus

Exceptional Circumstance Special Enrollment Period (ECSEP)

In response to Governor Sisolak’s March 12, 2020 Emergency Declaration, Nevada Health Link announces a limited-time Exceptional Circumstance Special Enrollment Period for qualified Nevadans who missed the Open Enrollment Period. The SEP runs from March 17, 2020 through April 15, 2020, and will allow eligible individuals to enroll in a qualified health plan through the SBE platform, Nevada Health Link.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange (SSHIX), Nevada Division of Insurance (DOI) and the Nevada Division of Public & Behavioral Health (DPBH) are closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

For the most up-to-date information, please see the links below:

Gov. Sisolak Declares State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health web page in response to COVID-19

Note: Testing and treatment for the COVID-19 virus will NOT count as a Public Charge. Public Charge has been an impediment to providing services and access. In addition, the rule does not restrict access to vaccines for children or adults to prevent vaccine-preventable disease. Learn more on Public Charge. 

Nevada Division of Insurance (DOI) – Emergency Notice from the Commissioner
DOI FAQs & your health insurance
Southern Nevada Health District
Washoe County Health District 
The City of Reno Website in Response to COVID-19

CDC’s Situation Summary
U.S. Case Numbers

The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange is the state agency that oversees and connects Nevada residents to qualified health and dental plans through the online marketplace known as Nevada Health Link. Nevada Health Link is where Nevadans can shop and apply for comprehensive, Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant plans.

Rules of prevention apply to your day to day at work, at home, or while traveling:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol if you are unable to wash your hands in a sink.

Preventive services

Under the ACA, most health plans must cover preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs to you. This means you won’t have a copay or coinsurance for certain medical services, such as immunizations or blood pressure screenings, as long as they’re delivered by a medical provider in your plan’s network.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) FAQs on Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) Coverage in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. This action is part of the broader, ongoing effort by the White House Coronavirus Task Force to ensure the all Americans – particularly those at high-risk of complications – have access to the health benefits that can help keep them healthy while helping to contain the spread of disease.

What Health Insurance Plans Must Cover

The ACA requires every health insurance company, upon your request, to give you a Summary of Benefits and Coverage that explains your benefits and coverage limits in easy-to-understand language. Although some health plans offer additional benefits, state and federal laws require plans to provide the following 10 essential health benefits:

Note: Most health plans are not allowed to have annual benefit limits, and no plans are allowed to have lifetime benefit limits. 

  1. Ambulatory Services and Care: Cover outpatient treatment without being admitted to a hospital, including hospice and home health services.
  2. Emergency Medical Services in Emergency Department: An emergency service is care that could lead to disability or death if not immediately treated. This often involves an emergency room and/or transport by an ambulance. It does not matter if you are out of network because you cannot be penalized for any emergency service.
  3. Hospitalization: Hospital coverage that includes surgeries, transplants, overnight stays, skilled nursing facilities. Some plans may limit your facility coverage to no more than 45 days.
  4. Maternity and Newborn Care: Services you receive throughout pregnancy, delivery and post delivery are covered, including care for newborn babies.
  5. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder Services: Behavioral health inpatient and outpatient services and substance abuse disorder services are covered. Examples include behavioral health treatment, counseling and psychotherapy.
  6. Prescription Drugs: At least one medication for each category and classification of federally-approved drugs must be covered under your health insurance. Some prescription drugs may be excluded or only generic drugs may be covered. When a cheaper and equally effective medicine is available, the insurance may decline coverage. Out-of-pocket drug expenses under the ACA count toward your deductible.
  7. Rehabilitation or Habilitation Services and Devices: Rehabilitative services, habilitative services and devices help you gain or recover mental and physical skills lost to injury are included in coverage. This coverage extends to rehab after a stroke or speech therapy for children, for example. Plans must provide 30 visits each year for speech therapy and 30 visits for cardiac or pulmonary rehab.
  8. Lab Services: Screenings, blood draws, or urinalysis that a medical provider orders to help the doctor determine an injury or condition, are covered.
  9. Preventative or Wellness Services and Chronic Disease Support: Preventative services such as shots and screening tests, at no cost to the patient when a medical provider from the plan’s network delivers the service. Care for many chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes falls under this category. Counseling, physicals, immunizations, and cancer screenings are covered under your insurance plan.
  10. Pediatric Services, Including Dental and Vision: Health care for children and infants from birth to age 19 are covered. This includes dental and vision coverage: two routine dental exams, one eye exam, and corrective lenses each year.

Note: While all qualified health plans must offer these ten essential health benefits, the scope of each plan may differ slightly. Pay attention to your premiums and decide what plan is best for you.

If you have questions about what your specific health plan covers, we recommend that you contact your insurance carrier directly.

For information on the benefits health plans must cover under Nevada State Law and the rate review process, please visit the Nevada Division of Insurance website to learn more.

See Also:

Learn about your health insurance options before you buy
Individual & Family Scenarios
Were you recently denied Medicaid in NV?
See if you qualify and estimate your costs
Still need coverage? Learn about Special Enrollment Period (SEP)
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