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August 1, 2014

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Nevada health exchange extends enrollment for some

CARSON CITY — Anyone who attempted to sign up for health insurance with Nevada's failed insurance exchange will have another 60 days to complete the process.

The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange Board action on Thursday leaves the door open for tens if not hundreds of thousands of people to reapply after open enrollment ends March 31.

Officials say up to 300,000 people may have tried over the past six months to choose a plan over Nevada Health Link but were thwarted by program errors in the system designed by Xerox.

Only about 22,000 people have successfully enrolled and paid for policies since the exchange went live Oct. 1.

Xerox officials had wanted the special enrollment be limited to about 10,000 people who have picked a plan but not yet paid for coverage.

Still unclear is whether the insurance coverage would be retroactive to the time the individual first applied or whether it would start during the special enrollment period. Board member E. Lavonne Lewis of Las Vegas suggested coverage should begin when a person applies during the extended enrollment period and not be retroactive.

Las Vegas Sun reporter Cy Ryan contributed to this report.

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