Nevada Health Co-Op to close, leaving thousands to discover brand-new insurance coverage

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Nevada Health Co-op

Published Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015|11:25 a.m.

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The Nevada Health Co-Op, a consumer-owned and ran health plan developed under the Affordable Care Act, is failing due to the fact that of high costs, state authorities revealed Wednesday.

Customers guaranteed by the co-op will be covered through Dec. 31, said Janel Davis, spokesperson for the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. The Board of Directors for the co-op, which got $65.9 million worth of solvency loans from the federal government, voted to stop operations reliable Jan. 1.

The co-op is among 5 insurance coverage carriers offered through the Silver State Medical insurance Exchange, which was established by the Affordable Care Act. Participants in the Nevada Health Co-Op were asked to choose other insurance coverage carriers when an open enrollment duration beings in November.

“It is with deep unhappiness that based upon difficult market conditions, the Board made an unpleasant decision to wind down operations of the Nevada co-op at the end of the year,” co-op member and Board Director Stacey Hatfield said in a statement. “Rather than spending resources on next year’s uncertain market, we would rather make sure we protect our present members. This is everything about providing the most budget-friendly, efficient health insurance and service possible.”

The co-op sent a letter late Tuesday to members alerting them of the upcoming closure, Davis said.

“With a second year of high claim expenses and restricted opportunities for brand-new investment, it has ended up being clear that the amount of development needed to offer quality care at reasonable rates will certainly be not likely in the next plan year,” Pam Egan, CEO of the co-op, said in a statement.

The not-for-profit health co-op registered 14,000 members in 2014 and had “significant growth” this year, co-op officials stated, but precise numbers were not released. Instead, the co-op kept in mind that future development forecasts weren’t big enough to continue operations.

“We appreciate the work done by NHC over the previous three years to establish and offer both individual and group medical insurance plans on and off the Exchange. Unfortunately, market conditions eventually proved more tough for them than expected,” stated Performing Insurance coverage Commissioner Amy Parks in a statement. “The choice to voluntarily wind down its operations at this time is a reflection of NHC’s ongoing focus on doing what remains in the best interests of its members. The Division of Insurance will certainly deal with NHC to continue that focus and to make sure a smooth wrap-up of its operations.”

When the next open registration period begins Nov. 1, members can pick protection with other insurance providers. Employer groups can change protection outside of open registration, so the co-op will certainly work with those groups that want to do so prior to the end of the year, authorities stated.

For protection to continue to be in effect through completion of the year, members need to continue paying premiums in accordance with their strategy guidelines, authorities said. Members can continue seeing the health insurance’s medical service providers, and claims will certainly be paid under the same terms of the plan.

Hatfield, whose family became co-op members when it first began, said she was happy to be involved with the co-op’s vision of getting rid of barriers to quality health care, allowing people to access care faster, driving down costs and improving health results.

“A big part of that vision is to responsibly secure our members, carriers, dedicated personnel and neighborhood stakeholders,” Hatfield said in a statement. “We made a hard decision, but a liable one.”

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