November 13, 2013

Free Lecture Wednesday, Nov. 20

Students: Learn About Healthcare Changes

Western Nevada College students are invited to a free Nevada Health Link presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 20, to help answer their questions and inform them in making a health insurance decision that is right for them. The lecture is 1-2:15 p.m. at Marlette Hall, Cedar Building. It will be available to WNC students at the Fallon and Douglas campuses through interactive video.

“This presentation will help guide the audience through the high-level details of the Affordable Care Act,” said Katie Coleman, a senior account manager and marketing communications specialist for KPS3, the agency of record for the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, which operates Nevada Health Link.

Coleman said that key points pertaining to the Nevada Health Link will be reviewed and the exchange’s goals will be identified during the presentation.

In addition, Coleman will talk about Nevada Health Link eligibility, the different health insurance plans and important dates for open enrollment. The presentation will conclude with an in-depth question-and-answer session.

The Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to purchase health insurance or face a penalty. Enrollment began on October 1 via online marketplaces, and must be completed by March 31 to avoid a penalty of either $95 or 1 percent of income.

The state of Nevada created Nevada Health Link to assist residents shop for and purchase health insurance to meet the federal mandate.

In the past, many students haven’t carried health insurance because the incident rate of health problems is lower for younger people. However, in 2010, the new health care program made it possible for students to remain on their parents’ health plans until age 26. Since not all students are covered through their parents’ health insurance plans, the new insurance exchange in Nevada offers all students access to affordable insurance.

Tax credits and Medicaid are available to students with low income. Students with an income between 100 percent to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. $11,490 for an individual and $23,550 for a family of four, will be eligible for a tax credit if they purchase insurance through the state exchange.

Penalties for uninsured Americans are expected to increase from $95 in the first year to $325 (or 2 percent of income) in 2015, and $695 (or 2.5 percent of income) in 2016.

For more information, students can go to nevadahealthlink.com or healthcare.gov or phone 855-768-5465.

For additional information, please contact:
WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198
E-mail: info_desk@wnc.edu


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