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Lawsuit filed following problems with Nevada Health Link

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Lawsuit filed following problems with Nevada Health Link

By Jacqui Heinrich. CREATED Apr 1, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's been less than 24 hours since the deadline to enroll for health insurance through Nevada Health Link, and now a class action lawsuit is in the works.

It's being filed by a local law firm on behalf of Nevadans who said they signed up and paid their premiums, but were denied coverage.

Larry Basich signed up for state health insurance and paid every monthly premium starting in November, but when he had a massive heart attack Dec. 31, about half-million dollars worth of bills came to his house and his provider said he wasn't covered.

"The number of times I cried surprised me," Basich told Action News. "I could not eat or sleep for 10 days. I was not able to get into my bed until two weeks ago."

Basich is one of two plaintiffs in the first class action lawsuit against the state, Xerox and the Silver State Health Exchange, which runs Nevada Health Link.

The suit is over potentially thousands of Nevadans like Basich, who've paid for their coverage but been denied benefits.

Local attorney Matthew Callister is taking them to task, "There are hundreds, if not thousands of Nevadans who have been paying premiums for 2, 3, 4 months, not receiving any coverage whatsoever."

As many as 10,000, Callister said, who are in the Nevada Health Link's pending list of people without coverage.

"I talked to a mom an hour ago who has skin cancer and she can't go in to have her skin cancer treatment because her doctor says, 'Who is your carrier?'" Callister said.

Now, Callister's firm is suing the three parties on behalf of, "...all residents of Nevada who applied for health insurance through Nevada Health Link, paid health insurance premiums through Nevada Health Link, and did not receive health insurance coverage for the time periods for which the premiums apply."

"It's a very large potential claim," he said. A claim Larry Basich hopes hits home with the Health Exchange, still embroiled in sign-up issues even after the March 31 deadline.

Action News reached out to Xerox and Nevada Health Link for comment; the only response we got was from the Health Link. CJ Bawdin said, "Nevada Health Link does not comment on pending lawsuits."

Jacqui Heinrich

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Jacqui Heinrich is currently a general assignment reporter for Action News.