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New health plan to help 60K Clark County residents

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Posted at 2:36 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 02:43:37-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Affordable health care has always been, and still remains, one of the top concerns for people in Nevada. Now there's a new plan meant to provide Nevadans the coverage they need. 13 Action News anchor Tricia Kean has details on this exciting announcement.

"There are approximately 60,000 Clark County residents that could be impacted by these new plans," said Mike Yasi with Advocate Health Advisors.

DUAL ELIGIBLE SPECIAL NEEDS

A new type of plan is now approved for Nevada residents who qualify for Medicare and Medicaid. It's called Dual Eligible Special Needs.

"Essentially they are drawing their benefits in a different way, the premiums are paid by both the federal and the state government," said Yasi.

DENTAL, VISION, HEARING & MORE

Enrollment opens Oct. 15. Plans vary, giving recipients a number of benefits like dental, vision, hearing and even transportation.

"They're entitled to a certain amount of transportation at no additional charge. The plans are very rich. I've been doing this quite a while and never seen a rich set of plans like this that are arriving in a new market," said Yasi.

ENROLLMENT BEGINS OCT. 15

Most plans come with a zero-dollar prescription co-pay. Best of all, this plan isn't just for the uninsured.

"This is the opportunity for people who have Medicaid with a certain carrier, they now will also have a Medicare advantage plan with that same carrier. Which would align their providers and all those benefits," said Yasi.

Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.