The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange originally tried to set up Nevada Health Link as a state-based, state-run Affordable Care Act public exchange.
The agency had trouble getting its web-based exchange systems to work properly during the first two years of operation. The agency still has its own exchange website, but the site uses HealthCare.gov to handle account setup and administration services for its exchange.
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Silver State exchange officials have complained over two years that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency in charge of HealthCare.gov, has been charging too much for access to HealthCare.gov and cutting back on services.
This year, for example, CMS has set the individual major medical open enrollment period in HealthCare.gov to run from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.
In the past few years, the HealthCare.gov open enrollment period lasted from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31 in most of the country.
Silver State exchange officials say in a new fiscal and operational report that they hope to start soliciting private exchange platform bids in March.
Officials are hoping that work on moving Nevada Health Link to the private platform by August.