Medicaid is a no-cost health insurance coverage certain residents can get if they meet the financial qualifications. This coverage protects many who otherwise could not afford health insurance coverage.
Unfortunately, Nevada Medicaid coverage and qualifications are changing, meaning that many people may no longer qualify. Here’s what you need to know.
Nevada Medicaid COVID-19 emergency provisions are ending
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Nevada enacted emergency provisions to help those impacted by economic hardships maintain their health coverage. With the pandemic mostly in the rearview, Nevada is ending the emergency provisions, changing the Medicaid qualifications.
Because the emergency provisions are ending, anyone who currently has Medicaid coverage needs to reapply by April 1st, 2023, to see if they meet the updated qualifications. This could mean that many people may no longer qualify.
What to do if you lose Medicaid coverage
If you no longer qualify for Nevada Medicaid after the emergency provisions end, or if you miss the April 1st deadline to reapply, you’ll have a 60-day window to purchase another health insurance option to maintain your coverage.
Anyone who misses the 60-day window to find new coverage will have to wait until open enrollment begins at the end of the year. The soonest they’d be able to start a new health insurance plan is January 1st, 2024.
Unfortunately, purchasing other health insurance can be pricey, so it’s important to do your research to find the most affordable option that fits your needs.
If you are losing your Medicaid coverage, work with the health insurance experts at Health Benefits Associates. We can help you find an affordable insurance option through the state’s exchange, Nevada Health Link. Don’t let your health insurance coverage lapse. Contact us to find the best option for your budget and needs.