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USofCare Releases Statement on Nevada’s Progress Implementing the Public Option

Published On November 20, 2023

Carson City, NV — In response to Nevada policymakers taking the next step towards implementing a public option by providing stakeholders the opportunity to comment on the state’s proposed 1332 waiver, United States of Care released the following statement:

“Nevadans have made it clear they want access to affordable, quality health care that they can depend on when they need it,” said Liz Hagan, Director of Policy Solutions for United States of Care. “With the release of the state’s application for a federal waiver and the corresponding actuarial analysis, we know even more about the positive impact the public option will have for Nevadans. This marks another critical step forward in implementing the public option – and in a way that uniquely works for Nevada.”

The state’s proposed State Innovation (1332) waiver would use federal pass-through funding to establish the Nevada “Market Stabilization Program” that will establish a reinsurance program, a provider quality incentive payment program, and the “Practice in Nevada” program. Together, these programs will not only bring much-needed relief to Nevadans through premium cost savings, but also improve access to quality care and increase the number of health care providers available to care for Nevadan families. The waiver application estimates over 15% in premium savings in the first five years, bringing $311 million in federal funds to the state. The state comment period – which runs through December 20th – enables stakeholders to publicly comment on the proposal before the waiver application is sent to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in January.  


About United States of Care

United States of Care is a nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring that everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.


Kevin Perez-Allen 

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