Nevada Governor to Sign Public Option Health Care Bill
CARSON CITY – Nevada is set to become the second state in the country to adopt a “public option” health insurance plan after Gov. Steve Sisolak said he plans to sign Democrats’ health care legislation. the state.
“I will sign the public option [bill]”Sisolak, a first-term Democrat, said in a broad post-legislature interview Tuesday with reporters in which he also explained his reasoning for not supporting the failure of the death penalty ban, to where does his concept of signature “innovation zones” come from here and more.
Although billed as a “public option” by supporters, Nevadans who purchase plans through the system created by Senate Bill 420 will not purchase their insurance directly from the state.
Instead, the legislation will create something closer to a public-private partnership in which insurance companies that participate in the state’s Medicaid program will be required to offer mid-level plans on the exchange. health care plan that could cost 5% less than similar plans starting in 2026, and up to 15% less by 2030.
But questions remain about the plan’s effectiveness in lowering overall health care premium costs and reducing the state’s high uninsured rate, the two main claims of supporters of the bill.
SB 420 also includes an actuarial study to examine what kind of impact the additional option might have on these areas, and Sisolak said he was “really happy” that the study remained in the bill.
“Anytime there’s an opportunity to get health care coverage for more Nevadans, it’s definitely something that interests me,” Sisolak said.
Nevada had 349,000 uninsured residents in 2019 and ranked seventh in the country for the highest percentage of uninsured at 11.5%, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The rate among Hispanics is nearly 22%, according to the foundation.
Washington was the first state with a similar structure after passing legislation creating Cascade Care in 2019.
The attempt to ban the death penalty in Nevada was again blocked after several previous attempts were also unsuccessful.
This year’s push via Assembly Bill 395 saw a very public death, with the governor announcing that there was “no way forward” for the bill on May 13.
Sisolak has repeatedly said he opposes the death penalty in most cases, but believes it should be kept on the books for serious cases such as mass shootings and terrorism.
The governor said he believes the ban, which has been raised in each of the past three legislative sessions, needs to be discussed in the future and is keen to learn more about the families of the victims and consider what specific type of ‘exceptions he would be comfortable with. .
Sisolak said he had not been approached about a possible moratorium on capital punishment amid those talks, an idea raised by public defenders last month.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo recently announced he would run for governor in 2022 as a Republican, but Sisolak said there was “zero” consideration for being perceived as lax given the potential clash against one of the best agents of the state.
“When I take legislative decisions, they have nothing to do with my political opponents,” Sisolak said.
Ban on natural gas
A bill that would have implemented the Sisolak Climate Initiative by putting in place a plan to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 95% from natural gas used in commercial and residential buildings by 2050 is died earlier in the session. A week later, Sisolak and Democratic legislative leaders issued statements calling for continued discussions on the future of natural gas.
Sisolak said there was concern about the cost of implementing the bill, especially in low-income communities.
The governor said he was still committed to the climate initiative’s goal of moving away from natural gas by 2050, but that they need to “do a little more analysis” on the region.
“It will not affect my generation or the generation of people around this table. It’s going to affect generations to come, and we need to do more. And I made a commitment to be a part of it, ”he said.
Prohibition of non-functional turf
The governor did not directly commit to signing Assembly bill 356, which would save about 12 billion gallons of water per year in southern Nevada by banning the use of Colorado River water to irrigate “non-functioning” sod not found on properties single-family homes, saying he wanted to read the entire bill first.
But Sisolak called the proposal a “great idea.”
“I think it behooves us, for the next generation, to be more aware of our conservation of natural resources, water being particularly important,” said Sisolak.
Once a signature economic development proposal was rolled out during his State of State address before the session began, the “innovation zone” proposal for wealthy tech companies to form County-type governments will instead be explored as a concept over the next seven months after it hasn’t garnered much support among lawmakers from either party.
The governor admitted the legislation was “a big boost” but said it was misunderstood and criticized critics for calling it a “corporate city” bill.
Sisolak said he hopes the committee of lawmakers examining the concept will see that “it is a possibility.”