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Medicaid prisoners 'devastating' to Carson-Tahoe Health's bottom line

When the state decided to shift prison inmates to Medicaid to save the state on their health-care costs, no one asked what the impact would be on Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center.

Nevada Medicaid Health Care announces new directors and Carson City office location

The Nevada Medicaid Health Care Guidance Program, a new integrated physical and behavioral care management program serving thousands of eligible Nevada Fee-for-Service Medicaid enrollees, is pleased to announce its leadership team: Cheri Glockner, Executive Director; Erin Snell, Behavioral Health Program Director; and Dr. Amy J. Khan and Dr. Ryan M. Ley, Medical Directors.

Former counseling center director arrested on fraud charges

The former director of a Carson City counseling center is now under arrest facing charges of Medicaid fraud. Erik Badgett is currently in custody at the Lyon County Jail.

Amodei announces new additions to team

Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei had added several new faces to his office staff including Bernie Curtis, who recently retired as chief of the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation.

Curtis, of Gardnerville, will serve as field representative in Amodei’s Reno office. He brings more than 36 years of experience from across Northern Nevada in law enforcement, local government and the private sector, including serving as Douglas County Commissioner.

How One Woman is Helping Lower Cost of Prescription Medicines for Nevada’s Most Vulnerable

Catherine, a resident of Fernley, Nevada, is someone you quickly realize after the first few moments of conversation, has lived an extraordinary life — one most of us only dream of.

Nevada Health Centers traveling Mammovan is providing screening mammograms

Event Date: 
May 5, 2014 - 3:30pm

Nevada Health Centers traveling Mammovan is providing screening mammograms in the communities of
Carson City, Gardnerville, Reno and Sparks through May 13, 2014.

You can get screened at no cost if you are uninsured. Medicaid, Medicare, group and individual insurance are also accepted. Make your mammogram appointment today by calling toll-free 1.877.581.6266.

HHS Report: 45,390 Nevadans have enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplace

Nevada enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act was 45,390 from Oct. 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday.

Nevada's enrollment includes “in line” and other enrollment activity such as people enrolling due to a change in life circumstance reported through Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Nationwide, enrollment surged to eight million at the end of the first enrollment period, said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Nevada's ACA Medicaid Signings Beat Projections

The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange might still be having problems processing health insurance applications, but the portion of the website that sends Medicaid-eligible applicants to the state Welfare Division is working better than expected.

Column: Paying options for long term nursing care

The cost of nursing home as of May 2013 is about $7,139 per month in Nevada. The cost of nursing services in the home by qualified caregivers can be that much or even more for 24 hour care.

Hopefully we won’t need that care or not for very long. However, it seems the average need is about three years of care.

If a veteran has low income and less than $80,000 in assets, war veterans may be eligible for up to $2,000 per month for home health care, a nursing home or assisted living. A look at www.veteranaid.org will give some information about that program.

Nevada Medicaid Enrollments Soar; Projected to Reach 500,000

Nevada Medicaid enrollments under federal health care reform have surpassed initial projections and are on pace to reach 500,000 by summer.

Boys and Girls Club in Carson City among agencies to sponsor USDA food program

The Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada and the Washoe Tribe Head Start Office in Carson City are among the sponsoring agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program, Nevada Department of Agriculture announced Friday.

Jobseeker workshops offered ahead of Feb. 21 Carson City job fair

UPDATE: With extended federal jobless benefits in peril, Carson City workforce employee counselors say hundreds of new jobseekers have begun to hit the streets, resumes in hand, looking for work.

Carson City health officials say flu vaccine available to address increase in cases

Based on recent reports from the CDC, beginning in November 2013, there has been a number of reports of severe respiratory illness among young and middle-aged adults, many of whom were infected with Influenza A, the pandemic H1N1 2009 virus.

State officials urge Nevadans to be wary of Affordable Care Act fraud

CARSON CITY — Now that open enrollment has begun for health insurance plans affected by the Affordable Care Act, Nevadans need to be wary of scammers looking to take advantage of consumer’s uncertainty surrounding this law.

Carson City 'Beat the Flu Blues' campaign a success

Carson City Health and Human Services is pleased to announce the success of the 2012–13 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Community Outreach Campaign, “Beat the Flu Blues.”

The agency conducted 69 community vaccination clinics that provided more than 10,700 influenza vaccinations throughout the quad-county area of Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties. Our local clinic provided an additional 1,259 flu vaccinations. In all, CCHHS increased the number of flu doses given during the 2012 season by 10 percent.

Full speech: Sen. Harry Reid addresses 2013 Nevada Legislature

Nevada son and United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed a joint session of the Nevada State Legislature today in Carson City. Here is the text of his speech:

U.S. Educator Report Card: Math F, Science F, Reading D-, Socialism A+

The 2012 education PISA* rankings indicate that the USA came in at 25th for math, 14th for reading and 17th for science out of 30 countries with only three of those countries spending slightly more money per pupil than America. Yet the mantra for more money, benefits and taxes for education continue just as it has for the last sixty years. If more money will solve the education problem then why hasn't it ever worked in the last sixty years?

Medicaid program called one of Nevada government's biggest expansions

Nevadans could soon see one of the biggest expansions of state government in modern history as Medicaid, a program that provides health care coverage to low-income residents, moves to cover more than 170,000 new enrollees by 2015.

Text of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's State of the State address

As Prepared for Delivery Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013:

Madam Speaker, Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Legislature, Honorable Justices of the Supreme Court, Constitutional Officers, Senator Heller, honored guests…...

Carson City prepares for widespread increase in flu, vaccines readily available

With widespread flu being reported around the nation, Carson City and Douglas County health officials say they have large supplies of flu vaccine.

Based on recent reports from the CDC, the flu has started to peak nearly 5 weeks early this year, with significant activity reported in over 41 states with 18 deaths reported in children thus far. The predominant current flu strain that is being reported with widespread activity, H3N2 (Influenza A), appears to have good match to the flu strains in this year’s vaccine, according to a news release.

Flu Vaccine and Pediatric Immunization Services at Sierra Nevada Health Center

Event Date: 
December 21, 2012 (All day)

The Sierra Nevada Health Center in Carson City will be offering reduced cost flu vaccines on Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. The reduced cost of the flu vaccine is $15. They are accepting new patients who would like to receive the flu vaccine. They are also offering pediatric immunizations on Dec. 20 and Dec. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 3325 Research Way. No appointment is necessary.

Gov. Sandoval Releases Expanded Budget Data

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval today released budget data that had been sought by state lawmakers after a weeks-long disagreement over whether the information was public.

Medical Association Applauds Sandoval Medicaid Decision

CARSON CITYNevada State Medical Association President Florence Jameson said today that Gov. Brian Sandoval made a “politically courageous and correct” policy decision to expand the Nevada Medicaid program.

The decision will ensure that there will not be a new class of uninsured Nevadans when the federal health coverage changes are implemented in January 2014, said Jameson, a physician.

State Senate GOP Leaders Support Medicaid Expansion

CARSON CITY – State Senate Republican leaders today commended GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval’s decision to expand the state Medicaid program as a commitment to the health of all Nevadans and a boost for a critical sector of the state’s economy.

“Ensuring that poor Nevadans have access to primary health care through Medicaid is very simply the right thing to do, both for our citizens and our economy,” said Sen. Michael Roberson, R-Henderson. “It will reduce our rate of uninsured and provide individuals with greater economic security.”

Sandoval Announces Intent To Expand Medicaid

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval today announced he will include 78,000 additional people in Nevada’s Medicaid program as provided for under the federal Affordable Care Act.

“Though I have never liked the Affordable Care Act because of the individual mandate it places on citizens, the increased burden on businesses and concerns about access to health care, the law has been upheld by the Supreme Court,” he said in a statement. “As such, I am forced to accept it as today’s reality and I have decided to expand Nevada’s Medicaid coverage.

Democrats Call On Sandoval To Release Budget Data

CARSON CITY – The Nevada State Democratic Party today said Gov. Brian Sandoval should immediately disclose state agency budget requests to the Legislature and public.

Some state lawmakers expressed concern at an Interim Finance Committee meeting in October that the Sandoval administration had not provided them with information about state agency requests over and above their base budget requests, known as “items for special consideration.”

Nevada Budget Likely To See Fewer Impacts From 'Fiscal Cliff'

CARSON CITY – The impacts of the so-called “fiscal cliff” on Nevada’s state budget would likely be less significant than for many other states because of our lower dependence on federal spending, according to an analysis by the Pew Center on the States.

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Gov. Sandoval Says He Has Complied With Budget Disclosure Requirements

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval said today his administration has fully complied with a requirement in state law to provide preliminary state budget data to lawmakers and their staff.

“The agency requests have been presented to the Legislature in accordance with the law,” he said. “I don’t see any problems.”

Dispute Emerges Between Sandoval, Lawmakers Over Access To Budget Data

CARSON CITY – A dispute has emerged between Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Legislature over what information in the initial state agency request budget should be made available to legislative staff and the public.

At a meeting of the Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee today, state Budget Director Jeff Mohlenkamp was asked about what is considered by legislative staff to be a departure from past practice regarding the budget information provided to legislative fiscal staff and the public.

Las Vegas Firm Ordered To Pay $125,000 For Medicaid Fraud

CARSON CITY – A behavioral health company based in Las Vegas was fined $125,000 today in a Medicaid fraud case involving the failure to maintain adequate records to support Medicaid claims.

Rainbow Child and Family Services was sentenced for one gross misdemeanor offense of intentional failure to maintain adequate records by Clark County District Judge Valerie Adair and ordered to pay the $125,000 in restitution, penalties, and costs.

Sierra Nevada Health Center Hosts Nintendo Wii Giveaway as part of Halloween Event

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Sat Oct 27 2012 .
October 26, 2012 (All day)
Event Date: 
October 27, 2012 (All day)

In partnership with Nevada Volunteers, Nevada Health Centers invites patients to enter to win a Nintendo Wii as part of “National Make a Difference Day.”
Happy, Healthy Halloween will be on Friday, October 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The community is encouraged to come in to Sierra Nevada Health Center to enter the drawing for the Nintendo Wii, pick-up healthy eating habits literature and healthy snacks. Nevada Health Centers promotes living an active lifestyle to improve overall health and to decrease obesity.

Nevada Agencies Request $6.46 Billion In New Budget, Up $279 Million From Current Spending Plan

CARSON CITY – Nevada’s next two-year general fund budget would grow by $279 million to $6.46 billion based on the initial spending requests submitted by state agencies, information released today by the Budget Division shows.

Sandoval Says Many Variables Still In Play With Budget, Dual Medicaid Spending Plans Being Readied

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval said today that there are a large number of variables in play as he prepares his 2013-15 budget, including who wins the presidential election on Nov. 6.

Sandoval said a decision on whether to expand Nevada’s Medicaid program to cover newly eligible residents under the Affordable Care Act will wait for that result, since Gov. Mitt Romney has said he wants to repeal the law.

Calling all Heroes: Nevada Youth Invited to 'Step Into Service' to Fight Childhood Obesity

UnitedHealthcare and YSA are inviting schools and other community-based nonprofit organizations in Nevada to “Step into Service” by applying for UnitedHealth HEROES grants.

UnitedHealth HEROES is a wellness initiative designed to encourage young people, working with educators and youth leaders, to create and implement walking, running or hiking programs aimed at helping fight childhood obesity.

State Senate District 5 Candidates Agree More Often Than Not In Friday Debate

CARSON CITY – The two candidates in the race for the state Senate District 5 seat in Henderson debated the issues today in a televised exchange, finding more agreement than division on the all important subject of education reform.

Las Vegas Woman Sentenced in Medicaid Fraud Case

CARSON CITY – Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced today that Aurora Volero-Alvarez, 61, of Las Vegas, has been sentenced in a Medicaid fraud case involving the false reporting of personal care services.

Debate In State Senate 9 Race Focuses On Democrat Justin Jones’ Actions In Las Vegas Sands Case

CARSON CITY – A televised debate today between the two candidates for the state Senate seat in district 9 in Las Vegas  - viewed as critical by both major parties – got off to a rocky start for Democrat Justin Jones.

Nevada Division of Insurance seeks public comment on essential health benefits

CARSON CITY – The Nevada Division of Insurance is seeking public input on the selection of Nevada’s essential health benefits plan.
The essential health benefits plan for Nevada will be the benchmark set of health care services that will be required in all individual and small group health insurance plans starting in 2014.

State Medical Association Supports Expansion Of Medicaid Eligibility Under Affordable Care Act

CARSON CITY – The Nevada State Medical Association has announced it supports expanding Nevada’s Medicaid caseload as permitted under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

The association’s board of directors met on Sept. 8 and adopted the policy statement, which was based on the information currently available about the expansion of the Medicaid program.

Board Of Examiners, Including Gov. Brian Sandoval, Approve Contract To Establish Nevada Health Insurance Exchange

CARSON CITY – The state Board of Examiners, including Gov. Brian Sandoval, today approved a contract worth up to $72 million through 2016 to set up the information technology system needed to implement the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.

The contract with Xerox State Healthcare will allow the state to move forward with the exchange, basically a one-stop shop for purchasing health insurance. The exchanges were authorized by the Affordable Care Act, most of which was upheld in a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June.

Federal Agency Says States Can Expand, Later Reduce Medicaid Under ACA

CARSON CITY – States do not face any deadline for deciding whether to expand their Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and will be able to expand coverage and then later chose to reduce it, federal officials told Governing magazine on Monday.

Mammovan in Carson City

Event Date: 
July 28, 2012 (All day)

Many women in rural Nevada have never had a mammogram. Fear, lack of funds, transportation conflicts, or no insurance are just some of the reasons women have not protected themselves against breast cancer. Yet, we know that early detection of breast cancer saves lives.

CD4 Candidate Steven Horsford Supports Federal Health Care Act, Medicaid Expansion in Nevada

LAS VEGAS – State senate Majority Leader and 4th Congressional District candidate Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas, said he supports the federal health care law that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in late June.

Health Care for Americans: A 100 year struggle

Dating back to Republican President Theodore Roosevelt (1904) he and every president since has toyed with some kind of a health care plan, but none have had the appetite to place their political careers on the line for it with the exception of President Barrack Obama.

Gov. Sandoval Says Many Questions Must Be Answered Before Medicaid Expansion Decision Can Be Made

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval said today he needs a lot of questions answered before he can decide whether to expand Medicaid eligibility in Nevada, and that it could take several months to resolve all the uncertainties.

“There’s no specific time schedule,” he said. “I mean I understand right now we’ve had the Supreme Court decision. Everyone has been waiting for that. I think there are still people that are trying to interpret it.

State Officials Crunching Numbers For Gov. Sandoval To Make Decision On Medicaid Expansion

CARSON CITY – Nevada officials are busy preparing cost and enrollment estimates so Gov. Brian Sandoval will have reliable information before deciding whether to expand Medicaid following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month upholding much of the Affordable Care Act.

Public invited to grand opening of Sierra Nevada Health Center

Event Date: 
July 16, 2012 - 11:00am

The Sierra Nevada Health Center in Carson City will hold a grand opening July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will feature a reception, with refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, raffle prizes and guided tours. Keynote speakers include: Mayor Bob Crowell, William G. Gordon, Board Chairman of Nevada Health Centers, Inc., and Thomas G. Chase, CEO of Nevada Health Centers, Inc.

Federal Agency Names New Accountable Care Organization in Nevada

CARSON CITY – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that Nevada is among 40 states where people with Medicare can receive health care from an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

ACOs are organizations formed by groups of doctors and other health care providers that have agreed to work together to coordinate care for people with Medicare.

Nevada Attorney General Announces Sentencing Of Medical Equipment Provider For Medicaid Fraud

CARSON CITY – Marcia Giller, 76, of Reno, has been sentenced to prison for two felony offenses of submitting false Medicaid claims, the Attorney General’s office announced this week.

Washoe County District Judge Steven Kosach sentenced Giller on Tuesday to 18 to 48 months imprisonment for each count, to be served consecutively, and additionally ordered Giller to pay $226,000 in restitution, penalties and costs.

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