Sen. Cortez Masto Encourages People to Sign Up for Health Insurance
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is urging uninsured Nevadans to sign up for health coverage with on Nevada Health Link.
The deadline for people to enroll for coverage on Nevada Health Link is December 15 and with a little more than two weeks to go, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is urging uninsured residents to sign up.
"I tell people, 'Please, please go on and ask questions. Even if you're not sure this is what you want to do but you need coverage, talk to somebody. It's free,'" Cortez Masto, D-Nevada said.
The cost for coverage on nevadahealthlink.com is also .4 percent lower than it was a year ago, and people who qualify for subsidies may not have to pay a monthly premium depending on their age, location, income and family size.
ACA enrollment is down nationwide, including in Nevada. 91,003 people are currently enrolled through Nevada health link. 23,550 have signed up through the fourth week of open enrollment for next year. So far, those numbers are down 13.3 percent but officials do expect a surge in the final week of enrollment because of automatic re-enrollment. They say the decrease is partly because of the booming economy, so more people have insurance through their employers. Cortez Masto says there are many more reasons, including the removal of the individual mandate.
"Because this administration has really tried to undermine the Affordable Care Act, one piece at a time, it is creating this kind of chaos in the marketplace," Cortez Masto said.
Cortez Masto says she is co-sponsoring or supporting legislation that will improve access to health care, including one that aims to stabilize the insurance market. Republicans have blocked many of them.
"We'll reintroduce them in the next congress," Cortez Masto said. "It is legislation that shores up the Affordable Care Act. It's a great foundation to start from. The Affordable Care Act isn't perfect but we can improve upon it."
The first-term senator is finishing up her second year in Washington, DC. When the new congress convenes in January, she will already be Nevada's senior senator, after Jacky Rosen unseated Senator Dean Heller.
"I was very honored to now step up on into this new chairmanship position, which gives me seniority, a seat at the leadership table and an opportunity to continue to fight for Nevadans," Cortez Masto said.
She says she is looking forward to her continued work with Rosen, who is finishing up her first term in the House of Representatives.
"Jacky and I already have a great working relationship," Cortez Masto said. "We've worked really well. Our delegation works really well together. People need to know that in Nevada. Our delegation works well here in congress, working together for all Nevadans."
Nevada's senators are both democrats but the republicans have control the U.S. Senate. Democrats will gain power in the house.
"I think this kind of brings that check and balance," Cortez Masto said. "Now, we will have an opportunity to introduce legislation in the House that I know is important for families, for working families."
Democrats also won most of Nevada's statewide races, including Governor-Elect Steve Sisolak. She says she has a great working relationship with Gov. Brian Sandoval and she expects that to continue when Sisolak takes office.
"Whether you're an 'R' or a 'D' or an independent or whether you come from a rural area or an urban area, we are all working to ensure we're doing right by Nevadans," Cortez Masto said. "That's not going to change for me."
She says the way Nevadans work together is an example that the rest of the country can follow. Especially, the leaders in Washington, DC.
"Nevada's, I think, a microcosm of the rest of the country," Cortez Masto said. "We all work together for the best interest of our state. That's how it should be. That's how it should always be."
As for health care, Cortez Masto says she will continue to fight for that as well.
"To me, this is my fight and I will continue to beat this drum," Cortez Masto said. "I will continue this path as long as I'm a United States senator to ensure we're fighting for quality affordable health care in this country for everyone."