Governor Steve Sisolak signed two bills Wednesday that will strengthen access to affordable health care for Nevadans.

Assembly Bill 170 codifies the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions into Nevada state law, providing Nevadans assurance that they won’t be denied health care based on a pre-existing condition regardless of what happens at the federal level.

On a tweet, he said, "I just signed #AB170, which codifies the ACA’s protections for pre-existing conditions into Nevada law. Now, the 1.2 million Nevadans with a pre-existing condition can rest easy knowing their access to care will be protected regardless of what happens in Washington."

Assembly Bill 469 ends the practice of surprise billing, where insured patients receive unexpected, high medical bills for emergency care if the provider is out-of-network.

On a tweet, he said, "I’m also proud to sign #AB469 into law, which ends the practice of “surprise billing” that can leave patients on the hook for unexpected bills for emergency care that can run up to $10,000 or more."

Nevada Senators Nicole Cannizzaro and Julia Ratti released the following statements regarding the signing:

“I am so proud to see these two bills signed into law today,” said Majority Leader Cannizzaro. “By protecting Nevadans with pre-existing conditions and prohibiting insurers from charging exorbitant out-of-network costs, we have taken major steps to make health care in this state more affordable and accessible. I want to thank Governor Sisolak, and I know that we will all continue to work together to look for ways to hold insurance companies accountable and make sure all Nevadans can get the medical coverage they need.” 

“More than one million Nevadans rely on the Affordable Care Act’s protections for pre-existing conditions,” said Senator Ratti. “With so much uncertainty surrounding health care policy at the federal level today, it is critical that we codify these protections into state law. Nearly 150,000 children and 275,000 seniors in Nevada have pre-existing conditions. It is our job to protect them from being denied basic coverage by insurance companies, and I want to thank Governor Sisolak for signing AB170 today. I also look forward to the hearing on the Patient Protection Commission this afternoon. I believe this Commission will be critical to helping us figure out new policy trails to blaze in the state that will make health care more affordable and accessible for all Nevadans.”

In addition to the signing of AB170 and AB469, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will hear SB544 today at 4:00 PM. SB544 establishes the Patient Protection Commission, which will examine barriers and issue recommendations to increase access to health care in Nevada.