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Association Health Plans Gain Foothold With Nevada Members


RENO, Nev. (AP) — With members struggling to meet health insurance costs, some Nevada business and trade groups have begun offering discounted policies as one big bloc through a product known as an association health plan.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce and five other Nevada associations have begun offering similar health plans to members.

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Others are the Las Vegas Metro and Henderson chambers, the Nevada Contractors and Nevada Builders Alliance associations, and the Builders Association of Northern Nevada.

Reno-Sparks chamber chief executive Ann Silver calls the option a game-changer for small businesses competing to attract and retain skilled employees.

In Nevada, such fully-insured association health plans are overseen by the state because they're offered through traditional insurance carriers such as Prominence, Health Plan of Nevada and Hometown Health Plan.