SilverSummit to offer health insurance coverage to all Nevada residents

Gov. Brian Sandoval speaks Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Renown Health Urgent Care Clinic in Silver Springs. (KRNV/SBG)

Rural communities in Northern Nevada won’t be left without a health insurance provider in 2018 as feared.

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced a deal with SilverSummit Healthplan to provide insurance to former Anthem customers, including those living in Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey and White Pine on the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.

“It was embarrassing for the state of Nevada not to have coverage in those areas,” he said Tuesday during a news conference in Silver Springs, Nev.

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This summer Anthem said it would pull out of Nevada’s exchange, leaving thousands of people without a health care provider for 2018.

“Currently we have 89,000 people covered with insurance thru the exchange. Of that 89,000 were the 8,000 that were going to lose the ability to purchase their coverage,” Sandoval said.

Open enrollment for the new plans being offered by SilverSummit is Oct. 1 to Dec. 15.

The cost of the plans health insurance plans will be announced Sept. 5.

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