Nevada News Service
through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is reporting a recent boom in
CJ Bawden, communications officer with Nevada Health Link, says its
website had more than 80,000 unique visitors during the first week of
December, up sharply from November.
He adds many people are rushing to get health insurance in advance of
an approaching deadline.
“The deadline for coverage starting January 1st, moving closer to that
deadline, is now December 23rd,” he says. “If an individual would like
health insurance starting January 1st, they must enroll and pay by
Nevada is one of several states operating its own health exchange
where people can get insurance through the ACA.
People in states without health exchanges get health insurance through
the federal website healthcare.gov.
Bawden says about 6,600 people have purchased insurance through Nevada
Health Link — with 1,800 of those happening during the first week of
He says massive media coverage on the recent improvements to
healthcare.gov, which ended hundreds of technical problems, seems to
be motivating more Nevadans to buy insurance.
“It appears that some Nevadans and some individuals here did not
realize that we are separate from the federal site,” he says. “So when
the federal site was publicized as up and running, we’ve seen an
increase in participants here in the state.”
Bawden says he’s seeing people complete the registration and purchase
of health insurance through nevadahealthlink.com in about a half-hour.
Registration can be done on any computer with Internet access.