Carson City - February 22, 2021
Nevada Medicaid, the state and federally-funded health insurance program, has hit record enrollment. Medicaid and Check Up are now serving more than 810,000 Nevadans, which accounts for one out of every four Nevadans. The increase is attributed to the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn.
“Medicaid services are always available, and people continue to reach out to us in their time of need,” said Nevada Medicaid Administrator Suzanne Bierman. “The fact is, when more people need assistance, Nevada Medicaid enrollment goes up.”
The previous record enrollment high prior to April was 690,596, set in August 2018. Enrollment is expected to continue to climb with a new open enrollment period from February 15-May 15 through Nevada Health Link, which opened up in response to President Biden’s Executive Order.
Nevada Medicaid offers assistance for people who have lost their job or become too sick to work; supports minimum wage workers, low-income families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities; offers financial protection for working families so that they do not face bankruptcy when struck by unexpected illness or suddenly need to go to the hospital; and makes health care possible in many rural communities. To get started, apply at https://accessnevada.dwss.nv.gov/. If your income is slightly too high to qualify for Medicaid, we encourage you to apply through Nevada Health Link where you may be eligible to receive financial assistance through subsidies or tax credits to help pay for your monthly premium costs. To learn more and enroll, please visit NevadaHealthLink.com or call the call center at 1-800-547-2927.
Information on caseload can be found through the Office of Analytics, Medicaid Dashboard.