Nevada, like many other states, tried to develop a private health exchange last year. But because of technical problems it took six-months to enroll 32,000 people. This year, Nevada switched to the federal system and enrolled 59,000 people in three months. Bruce Gillbert is Executive Director of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.
“A thousand light years better, not just day and night, but light years better,” said Gillbert.
The exchange also opened new offices in Reno and Las Vegas this year that served up to 300 people a day.
Zip code data released by the federal government shows that the number of enrollees was uniform throughout the state. Detailed information on age, gender and race won’t be available for months. Federal grants paid about $2.2 million to market to new customers this year.
That funding has run out. Now, money for marketing will come from the exchange and will depend on how many people remain enrolled.