March 31 will not be the open enrollment deadline to sign up for healthcare. The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange Board announced a 60-day extension on Thursday.
"There have been some bumps along the way and some issues that we are dealing with [in the] Nevada Health Care [system]," said Brent Leavitt, a benefits advisor with Nevada Benefits, a private insurance broker.
According to Leavitt, there are thousands of people who signed up incorrectly or did not complete their application process since the exchange went online on Oct. 1, 2013.
"People that applied for Medicaid got sent to the system, and they are going to be declined Medicaid far after open enrollment is over and are going to be wondering now, 'What am I going to do?' There are thousands of others who started the application process who never completed it who will also have to reapply," he said.
Leavitt believes the 60-day extension will give people enough time to get their applications in without any additional problems. He suggests using a broker to make the application.
"I can get people enrolled in 20 minutes over the phone just by using the right information, for instance, how much you earn annually," Leavitt said.
Leavitt also suggests that if you are offered health coverage at work, take it. Also, if you are a single person making over $35,000 a year, go outside the exchange for health coverage. He says you'll have more plans to choose from.
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