Today marks the start of the open enrollment period for purchasing health insurance plans on the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. But for many Nevadans, 2017 will usher in higher insurance costs and less access to health care.
Despite the failures of the Affordable Care Act, Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto says it is a "good law" and offers no actual plans to make the healthcare system better for Nevadans.
"Paying more for less is not the mark of a "good law'," said Dr. Joe Heck. "On cost, choice, and access, the ACA has failed to accomplish its stated goals. Yet Catherine Cortez Masto continues to support it, even as it hurts Nevadans. As someone who practiced emergency medicine for more than 20 years, I know what it will take to fix this failed law and enact responsible health care solutions that actually reduce costs and increase access through patient-centered reforms."
According to a report from Reno's KTVN, Nevadans will see insurance premium increases of 12 percent in 2017, which are on top of increases from the previous year. And for Nevadans in 10 rural counties, there will be only one insurance carrier option, denying them the freedom of choice they were promised under the law.
As a physician who worked in Las Vegas inner-city emergency departments, Dr. Heck has seen first-hand what does and does not work in our healthcare system. That experience allows him to offer tangible solutions to make the healthcare system better for Nevadans.
Dr. Heck is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare and putting the patient back at the center of the healthcare system. In the House, he introduced legislation to fix changes the ACA made to Medicare and to boost the number of medical residents training in Nevada, which will help reduce the state's doctor shortage.