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Nevada Health Link Deadline Looms

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The deadline for signing up for health insurance through Nevada Health Link is Monday, March 31st. And officials say we are behind in numbers.

"Our original goal was 118,000 customers. As of Saturday, we had 35,000 customers in the system, meaning they have established accounts. Of that 35,000, about 23,000 had actually selected a qualified health plan and paid for it," said CJ Bawden with the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.

That ranks Nevada 9th in the country in terms of deciding eligibility, and 28th in terms of actually signing folks up.

"We are doing what we can to get the word out and to get folks signed up," Bawden says. "But we know we are going to see an onslaught of customers by the 30th and there will be delays and it will get tough. So the earlier you call, the easier it will be."

Those opting out of the insurance exchange will be fined $95 per adult and half that per child left uninsured on next year's taxes. Again the deadline is March 31st.

The exchanges will open again in November for insurance coverage to start in 2015.

Written by Erin Breen

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