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Nevada exchange prepares for shift

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Managers of the Nevada Health Link public exchange are hoping they can persuade the state’s agents and brokers to help sell its coverage in 2015. The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange Board, the body that oversees the exchange, has decided to give up on the homegrown, glitch-plagued enrollment system it used in 2014 and switch to for 2015.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) developed to handle enrollment for the HHS-run Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchanges. In 2015, Nevada will still have a state-based exchange program, but it will have a state-based exchange program that uses federal eligibility and enrollment systems, according to a memo the exchange prepared for agents and brokers.

Because Nevada Health Link is using in 2015, the state’s exchange agents will have to go through the same registration and training process that agents in states with HHS-run exchanges face, exchange officials say in the memo. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an HHS division, has set up exchange agent registration and training systems on its Medical Learning Network site.

Nevada exchange producers will have to create Medical Learning Network accounts, complete courses on topics such as PPACA basics and privacy, and execute federal exchange agreements. Once the agents get through that initial round of training, they will have to wait at least 48 hours, then register at another system, the CMS Enterprise Portal. The CMS Enterprise Portal will put the producers through a complete identity proofing process.

The next open enrollment period is supposed to start Nov. 15, 2014, and end Feb. 15, 2015.