Unemployed and Uninsured Nevadas Seeking Health Insurance Have an Answer with Help from Sunrise Hospital, HCA Healthcare and GetCovered
Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center (including Sunrise Children’s Hospital), an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, announced today a collaborative effort aimed at helping Americans obtain the insurance coverage they need. The partnership with GetCovered, an initiative of HealthMarkets, is a private-sector led effort to help enroll individuals and families in the public or private health insurance of their choice in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Families in our communities and across the country are facing significant health and economic stress, including the loss of jobs and health insurance coverage, due to this unprecedented pandemic,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, chief executive officer of Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “We have an opportunity to be part of the solution by improving access to health insurance and helping ensure our friends and neighbors continue to get the quality healthcare they deserve.”
Unemployment concerns for Nevadans
Due to economic pressure resulting from the pandemic, unemployment rates have increased across the country, leaving many without health insurance. As of July 2020, the national unemployment rate was 10.2 percent, up from 3.5 percent in February 2020. For August 2020, Nevada’s unemployment rate was 13.2 percent, down slightly from 14.2 percent in July and compared to 3.8 percent at the same time in 2019, which is much higher than the long-term average of 6.8 percent according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even higher is Las Vegas — the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reports the unemployment rate for the city sat at 15.5 percent in August 2020.
To address the loss of insurance resulting from increased unemployment in Nevada, Sunrise Hospital and HCA Healthcare established a Patient Benefit Advisor (PBA) hotline that assists their patients in finding health coverage options. The free hotline has advisors on hand to connect people with the resources they need and guide them through the process to find an affordable care solution.
Helping previously and newly uninsured Nevadans and beyond
Similarly, in May 2020, HealthMarkets launched GetCovered, to provide help to the previously and newly uninsured across the country and right here in Nevada, allowing individuals to choose the coverage option that is right for them. The GetCovered platform helps simplify health coverage by providing information on coverage options, associated costs, considerations and availability. To further expand these initiatives to provide greater access to insurance, Sunrise Hospital and HCA Healthcare will provide staffing and operate a supplementary call center to assist individuals in exploring Medicaid eligibility in all 50 states who are not eligible for plans through the GetCovered platform. HCA Healthcare’s scale and infrastructure will also help connect community agencies such as the United Way, not-for-profit health centers and other need-based organizations with GetCovered to assist their clients with coverage options.
“During this time of continued uncertainty, Immunize Nevada has seen increased requests to connect families to primary care services, specifically access to no-cost immunizations,” said Heidi Parker, executive director of Immunize Nevada. “We know that losing healthcare coverage can be incredibly difficult; that is why we are glad to know the GetCovered Initiative is working swiftly to get critical information to our community and to those who need it most. This timely service is designed to offer information about public and private options to restore coverage and improve access to much needed preventive care. Keeping our community healthy and protected is a goal we all share.”
For more information on GetCovered, visit https://www.getcovered.com/.
About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital offer high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada, its surrounding region, and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas. Sunrise Hospital serves as Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, which is located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip. Occupying the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. Together, both facilities offer a full range of services for both children and adults. To learn more about Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center visit www.sunrisehospital.com.