On many of the day-to-day issues Nevada families face, we simply can’t wait for Washington to take action. That’s why, during the 2019 legislative session, state lawmakers fought to deliver opportunities for hardworking Nevada families to get ahead. Our successes show real progress for our Battle Born state as well as the importance of state legislators in tackling the issues that our fellow Nevadans care about.
Several of these bills will take effect on Wednesday. I want to highlight a few that demonstrate our leadership on the issues that positively impact our Nevada families.
Delivering better access to affordable health care was a critical component of the work we did for Nevada families. Legislation championed by Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, D-Las Vegas, will provide protection for families who have previously been hit by “surprise” bills from hospitals after emergency room visits. This is a national problem with studies showing that 1 in 6 emergency-room visits lead to these surprise bills, which can total many thousands of dollars. For families that are on tight budgets, these medical bills can be the cause of financial ruin. Assembly Bill 469 goes into effect Jan. 1 and stops out-of-network health care providers from charging more for medical treatment than they would charge an in-network patient.
Wednesday also marks another milestone in protecting Nevadans with pre-existing medical conditions. Nevadans can rest assured that the Legislature fought to prevent them from being overcharged for health care. Assembly Bill 170 makes our state just the fifth state in the nation to codify the federal Affordable Care Act’s protections for patients into state law.
The Maternal Mortality Review Program, Assembly Bill 169, sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno of North Las Vegas, establishes a process to examine mortality and morbidity rates among pregnant women in Nevada. It’s a simple,