CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Managers of Nevada’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) program say residents have completed a total of about 2,000 applications for coverage.
Managers earlier reported that residents had submitted about 703 plan applications during the period from Oct. 1, when open enrollment began, through Oct. 12.
Managers said 513 people have officially enrolled in coverage through the exchange by paying for coverage.
The exchange hopes to enroll 118,000 people in coverage by March 31.
Jon Hager, executive director of the exchange, said at a board of examiners briefing Tuesday that the exchange has determined 26,000 people to be eligible for Medicaid or tax credit subsidies to buy policies.
Hager said the website has been viewed 2.8 million times by 310,000 unique visitors.
Nevada is one of 15 states that opted to set up their own individual insurance exchanges under PPACA. Other states left the task to the federal government.
“I thought the prudent course was for the state to run its own,” said Gov. Brian Sandoval, chairman of the board that also includes Secretary of State Ross Miller and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. Sandoval began planning for the state exchange in 2011 despite opposing the 2010 law.
The 2014 exchange open enrollment period is set to end March 31.
Hager said he believes consumers are doing their “due diligence” comparing plans before making a purchase. He expects the volume to increase as the Dec. 15 deadline nears for coverage that takes effect on the first of the year.