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In new phase of the immunization effort, community groups take a grassroots approach to getting out the vaccine

May 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
Nevada is currently targeting the wait-and-see group in the latest phase of its vaccination effort, which has seen a shift away from mass vaccination sites in favor of smaller, more personal community-based vaccination sites and pop-up clinics.

Budget committee passes surprise ‘premium holiday’ for public employee health plans

May 7th, 2021 - 4:56pm
Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton (D-Las Vegas), chair of the Ways and Means Committee, announced a plan during a Friday joint budget meeting to give participants in the Public Employees Benefits’ Program (PEBP) a one-month “premium holiday” during which enrollees don’t have to pay their share of their health insurance costs. That would apply to about 44,000 active and retired public employees, according to legislative staff.

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Progressives, industry representatives debate health care affordability, access during high-profile public option hearing

Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital staff gather in the emergency room area in Elko
May 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
There is near-universal agreement that the state of health care in Nevada leaves something to be desired. Where there is less agreement, though, is what should be done about it.

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Doctors, hospitals, health insurance providers affiliated with national nonprofit mount opposition to public option bill

A patient checks in at an urgent care
April 28th, 2021 - 1:00pm
A coalition of doctors, hospitals and health insurance providers affiliated with a national nonprofit group that has spent millions trying to kill public health insurance option proposals in other states is staking its opposition to similar legislation in Nevada.

Four years after passing Medicaid buy-in, lawmakers to consider new public option proposal

Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital staff gather in the emergency room area in Elko
April 27th, 2021 - 9:00am
Legislation expected to be introduced Wednesday would require insurers that bid to provide coverage to the state’s Medicaid population to also apply to offer a public option plan.

Casinos, other gaming establishments to follow new county rules on occupancy, social distancing on May 1

April 23rd, 2021 - 6:00pm
The Nevada Gaming Control Board announced on Friday that it will allow gaming establishments to follow capacity limits and social distancing requirements set by their counties when the state turns pandemic health and safety decision-making over to local governments on May 1.

Washoe to continue to work on reopening plan as other counties’ proposals advance through review process

April 22nd, 2021 - 3:22pm
Washoe County’s plan to reopen businesses at 100 percent capacity is headed back to the drawing board after the latest iteration of the proposal failed to garner three required endorsements from its health district, school board and the City of Reno.

Attorney general warns against scammers selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards

April 19th, 2021 - 3:56pm
Attorney General Aaron Ford warned Nevadans Monday about scammers selling fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards and said “awareness” is the first line of defense against those scams.

Lawmakers plan for enhanced federal Medicaid dollars to last through 2021

April 19th, 2021 - 9:30am
Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, during a budget subcommittee meeting on Thursday, suggested that lawmakers plan for the extra federal health care funding to exist for an additional six months beyond the current date it is set to expire, June 30. Her recommendation comes as the federal government has indicated that the current public health emergency will “likely” extend through the end of the calendar year, which would, in turn, mean that the enhanced federal matching dollars would be available through March 2022.

After governor announces 100 percent June reopening goal, some counties share plans to get there faster, others take a ‘measured’ approach

April 14th, 2021 - 2:40pm
Three counties have signaled to the state their intent to open to 100 percent capacity as soon as possible after assuming responsibility for pandemic health and safety decision making at the beginning of May.

Sisolak sets June as goal for 100 percent reopening as some counties prepare to get there on their own

April 13th, 2021 - 6:40pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak is lifting a statewide social distancing requirement on May 1 that he says will enable every county in Nevada to reopen to 100 percent by the beginning of June.

What Happened Here: Facing a brighter, though hazy, future, Nevada grapples with vaccines, variants and the road to recovery

April 11th, 2021 - 2:00am
More than a year into the pandemic, the victory we long for has been delayed as the vaccination effort races against the variants’ spread. This uncertain moment, however, offers an opportunity for Nevada: To reflect, to learn and to heal.

Senate committee advances bill to create ‘988’ mental health hotline, set plan for allocating opioid settlement funds

Pills spilling from bottle
April 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
A legislative committee unanimously passed a bill that would create a state fund to house proceeds from opioid settlements, such as those against prominent pharmaceutical companies accused of helping fuel the opioid crisis.

Lawmakers debate bill allowing terminally ill patients to take life-ending drugs

April 8th, 2021 - 2:00am
"This is not a question about choosing between living and dying," Assemblyman Edgar Flores (D-Las Vegas) told members of the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee during a Wednesday hearing. "This bill is about having control, and a choice at the moment of dying."

What Happened Here: How Nevadans changed the course of the pandemic and how it, in turn, changed us

April 4th, 2021 - 2:00am
Our individual choices, public health experts say, have been consequential in limiting the spread of COVID-19 and shaping the trajectory of the pandemic. Those choices, though, have left their scars.

What Happened Here: How the Battle Born state's fight against the virus turned into one against itself

March 28th, 2021 - 2:00am
Over the last year, the pandemic has sometimes brought the state and local governments together as they allied to face a grim future together in the face of no centralized national response strategy. It has also sometimes wrenched them apart.

Bill would eliminate need for doctor’s appointment to receive birth control pills

State Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro on Friday, July 31, 2020 during the first day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City.
March 24th, 2021 - 11:11am
Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro (D-Las Vegas) is seeking to lower barriers to birth control in a state ranked the third-worst for access to primary care doctors and with an above-average rate of unintended pregnancies.

In Carson City visit, Biden’s health chief announces extension of Obamacare special enrollment period

March 23rd, 2021 - 2:38pm
Becerra made the announcement Tuesday while visiting a health care center in Carson City. He followed it up with a roundtable that featured Gov. Steve Sisolak and Heather Korbulic, a staffer for the governor who previously directed the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.

Democratic senator seeks overhaul of HIV laws she says will help remove stigma

March 23rd, 2021 - 2:00am
Sen. Dallas Harris (D-Las Vegas) has introduced a bill that would modernize the state’s laws on human immunodeficiency virus by treating HIV in the same way as other communicable diseases.

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