New Resource Helps Nevadans Compare Out-of-Pocket Insurance Costs in Marketplace Coverage

PuttingPatientsFirst.net provides consumers with tools to research options and navigate choices prior to purchasing coverage

LAS VEGAS--()--The National Health Council (NHC) hosted “Putting Patients First: Getting Patients to the Right Plan,” at the North Las Vegas YMCA today, an event to unveil a new online toolkit to assist Nevadans with lowering their healthcare costs by finding the right insurance plan to meet their health and budget needs.

“Our goal is to help consumers understand their out-of-pocket health care costs as they shop for a marketplace plan in Nevada,” said Marc Boutin, Executive Vice President and COO of the National Health Council. “Patients currently do not have the tools to fully understand the impact of insurance costs. By using PuttingPatientsFirst.net, patients can estimate their costs based on their health care needs, including prescription medications, and choose from six patient scenarios to see how changes in health needs impact the selection of health insurance plans through Nevada Health Link.”

Created by the NHC, PuttingPatientsFirst.net is a customized platform that assists consumers in researching the expected health care costs in the marketplace, using a personalized out-of-pocket cost estimator and patient scenarios. The tool can explain how an individual’s costs can vary under different health insurance plan designs.

“Recent data shows most people are enrolling in bronze and silver plans,” said Tom McCoy with the American Cancer Society – Cancer Action Network and member of the Consumer Assistance Advisory Committee for the Silver State Health Exchange (Nevada Health Link). “But for people with complex chronic conditions, such as cancer, lower premium plans may not always be the best choice. We want patients to make the right decisions the first time. PuttingPatientsFirst.net will help patients evaluate their health care needs, decide what combination of cost and coverage works best for them in the long run, and consider their options using different plan groups prior to purchasing coverage.”

Since its launch, the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange (Nevada Health Link) has faced website problems, low enrollment and long wait times at call centers. As a result, the exchange has reported only 17,047 paid enrollees as of Feb. 15, 2014. The state’s low enrollment numbers have forced officials with the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange to lower its enrollment projections from 118,000 to 50,000. (Robison, Las Vegas Review Journal 2/20/2014)

Xerox, who has a $75 million state contract to design and operate the Nevada Health Link system, has had major issues managing the system since the October 2013 launch. They have experienced glitches in the billing process, system defects and telephone system issues resulting in extremely long wait times for consumers. These issues have prompted at least one board member to suggest bringing in another state contractor to help fix the website problems or join the federal exchange. (Chereb, Washington Times 2/27/2014)

For more information on this Putting Patients First event visit: https://gettingpatientstotherighthealthplan-cpatseminar.eventbrite.com/

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The National Health Council (NHC) is the only organization that brings together all segments of the health community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people living with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. For more information visit: www.nationalhealthcouncil.org.

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Jennifer Zins, 916-871-0603
Jennifer@perrycom.com

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The National Health Council (NHC) hosted “Putting Patients First: Getting Patients to the Right Plan,” at the North Las Vegas YMCA today to unveil new resource to help Nevadans compare health plans.

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Perry Communications Group
Jennifer Zins, 916-871-0603
Jennifer@perrycom.com