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Open enrollment brings thousands for Nevada's Obamacare exchange

Last year, 91,003 Nevadans bought plans on our health insurance exchange, which offers coverage from two companies: Health Plan of Nevada and Silver Summit.

At a Dignity Health clinic in Henderson, 20-year old Renee Quinsaat just became one of the nearly 24,000 Nevadans who have signed up, so far, for health insurance through Nevada's Silver State Exchange.

it's our insurance marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act .

“Having the health insurance makes me feel like I'm having all this immunizations and pre-screenings makes me feel, like, secure,” Quinsaat says.

Open enrollment started November 1 and ends December 15.

Last year, 91,003 Nevadans bought plans on our health insurance exchange, which offers coverage from two companies: Health Plan of Nevada and Silver Summit.

Dignity Health’s Womens’ Care and Community Outreach Center on St. Rose is one of many locations around the state where you can sign up for coverage.

You'll meet Jennifer Findley - she what's called a "navigator," who helps people with the process.

“Everyone's very appreciative to have health insurance. Some of our clients that we've been helping have never had health insurance,” Findley says.

Nevada is one of the very few states where a Republican governor signed on to Obamacare. Republicans in Washington have wanted to kill the Affordable Care Act.

In Nevada, it survives.

“You know, this year the Department of Insurance released the rates that there was a point four percent decrease in insurance rates, so we are seeing stability there,” says the Silver State Exchange’s Rosa Alejandre.

“In Nevada, the Affordable Care Act has been fantastic,” says Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, who stopped by the Dignity Health clinic Friday to check up on the sign-up process.

In the face of a White House hostile to Obamacare, she's cosponsoring legislation to preserve it. She says it’s what her constituents want.

“It’s the emails, it’s the calls, it’s the number one thing I get and I don’t care if you’re a Republican or you’re a Democrat, or you come from a rural area or an urban area. This is it, this is what they want is protect the Affordable Care Act,” says Cortez Masto.

“We need to shore it up,” the Senator continues. “We need to start with the foundations of the Affordable Care Act and then improve upon it.”

Which is fine with Renee.

“I think health insurance really is a great thing to have,” Quinsaat says.

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