CARSON CITY — Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak this week announced a new directive to expand Nevada’s Battle Born Medical Corp by waiving licensure requirements to facilitate healthcare workers from other states, as well as retirees, to join Nevada’s fight against COVID-19.
Nevada’s Insurance Commissioner also released guidance for insurance carriers during the COVID-19 crisis that includes:
- Encouraging all insurance carriers servicing policies in Nevada to provide flexibility with due dates for premiums. This includes the opportunity for an additional 60-day premium grace period.
- Encouraging health insurance carriers to expand the use of telehealth services, including telephonic services, following the relaxed standards set by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Nevada Medical Association. This opportunity is especially important for mental health and substance use disorder services and to reach citizens who are following appropriate social distancing standards; and
- Allowing insurance carriers to provide early refills or extra refills for prescriptions with the hope to help Nevada citizens who suffer from chronic health conditions such Aids, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes and Heart or Lung conditions for their own safety.
The Nevada Department of Business and Industry’s Division of Insurance (DOI) on March 5 adopted an emergency regulation to ensure Nevadans covered by health insurance policies regulated by the DOI are able to obtain medical services and prescriptions related to COVID-19 at their normal costs, despite disruptions caused by the spread of the virus.
“I am proud of the efforts of our state agencies, including the Division of Insurance and Nevada Health Link, to work in partnership with the industry and provide expanded coverage options for Nevadans during this healthcare crisis,” said Governor Sisolak. “Many insurance companies serving Nevadans are also proactively working to help with treatment coverage and co-pays for COVID-19 treatment, along with other proactive responses to assist patients.”