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Officials: Nevadans Should Still Get Health Insurance Through ACA

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We are in the middle of the open enrollment period to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, but with a lot of uncertainty surrounding the program, Nevadans may be wondering if it's worth it to sign up.

President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on the promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and while he has since walked back a little bit on that promise, there is still a good chance that we could see a major change in this area during his time in office.

So, if you're still uninsured, or if you're wondering if it's worth it to keep your plan, here's what marketplace officials had to say:

"The answer is yes. Yes, they should," said Janel Davis, with the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. "The ACA is still a law, and it's still a mandate. The penalties still exist and I think that's really important for folks to understand."

This year the penalty is $695 dollars per person or 2.5 percent of your income, whichever is higher.

There's not a lot of certainty about what shape health care policy will take under the new administration, but Davis said regardless, it will likely take at least a few years to implement any new policy.

In the meantime, those who are enrolled under the marketplace will likely see an increase in their premiums in 2017. Davis said in Nevada, that increase will be about 10 percent, much lower than the national average of 25 percent.

She said that 10 percent might not even be too noticeable.

"I think what's important to note is that when premiums go up, so do those subsidies," Davis said. "And 80 percent of Nevadans are eligible for subsidies."

To see the full interview, with more tips for signing up this year, tune in or set your DVR for Face the State. It's airing Saturday, 11-26 at 4:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and on Sunday, 11-27 at 6:30 a.m. Or you can watch it online here after it airs.

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