NV Gov vetoes Medicaid-for-all map

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 2:24 AM

Nevada'south Gov has vetoed a bill that'd have made the state the first to open Medicaid to all residents.

NV Gov vetoes Medicaid-for-all map

Nevada'south Gov has vetoed a bill that'd have made the state the first to open Medicaid to all residents.

The Democratic-led state legislature passed a bill earlier this mo that'd have allowed anyone to purchase a Medicaid-like policy, regardless of their income.

Gov Brian Sandoval, a Republican, on Friday vetoed the bill.

The bill called for the state to create the NV Care Plan, which would've been separate from the state'south Medicaid program but offered nearly all the same benefits.

The legislation contained few details on how the program would've worked or what the premiums would've been. Instead, it was a framework to assistance Nevadans access coverage that'south more affordable and comprehensive, particularly if Congress repeals Obamacare, said the bill'south sponsor, Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle.

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Sandoval, in a statement about his veto, said the ideas behind the legislation "may play a critical role" in future health policy, but that the bill would've added "more uncertainty to an industry that needs less."

Sprinkle called the reject "highly disappointing" and vowed to continue to press for expanding health coverage for everyone and "not just the privileged."

Medicaid recipients pay tiny or nothing for their coverage. But the NV Care Map would most likely have required participants to pay some premiums, deductibles and co-pays.

The goal was to proposal coverage that was cheaper than what'south currently available on the individual market. Medicaid pays lower rates to doctors, hospitals and other providers.

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Sandoval is one of the few Republican governors to have embraced Obamacare.

NV expanded its Medicaid program to adults who create up to $16.400 and set up its own Obamacare exchange, which extended coverage to more than 400.000 residents. The uninsured rate dropped to about twelve%, from twenty-three%, which had been one of the worst in the nation.

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