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September 22, 2014

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Nearly 13,000 in Nevada signed up for health insurance through exchange

CARSON CITY — Nearly 13,000 Nevadans have signed up for health insurance under the state-operated Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.

Jon Sager, head of the exchange, said today that the computer system was adjusted to handle a larger volume of visitors, as the 6 p.m. Dec. 30 deadline to enroll approaches.

So far, a total of 6,218 people enrolled and paid their premiums to one of four companies providing coverage. Another 6,500 have signed up and have until the deadline to pay their premiums.

Because of the volume of information being transferred to the insurance companies, consumers may not immediately have their insurance cards to present to doctors or hospitals, officials said.

Hager said people should check with their insurance company in advance to get clearance for medical treatment. If there is an emergency, the process will be bypassed.

Hager said the companies hope to have the authorization cards sent out in early January.

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