Las Vegas, Nev. — Senate Majority Leader and candidate for attorney general Aaron Ford released the following statement today on a news report that Attorney General Adam Laxalt ignored a request by Nevada’s health insurance exchange to join a lawsuit to protect state insurance markets from attempted sabotage by the Trump Administration.
“Adam Laxalt's refusal to fight for affordable health care and protect the health exchange for Nevadans is indefensible. While other states took on the Trump Administration, Nevada's Attorney General did nothing, silencing the voices of Nevada families. Our state's top law enforcement official should be standing up for consumers, not sitting silently by while President Trump sabotages our health care system and raises premiums. Unless he says otherwise, voters can assume Wes Duncan would have followed the current Attorney General’s same course of inaction. As your next attorney general, I'll never be afraid to take on anyone who threatens your access to affordable health care.”
Attorney General Adam Laxalt ignored a request by the state’s health insurance exchange director to enter the state into a lawsuit over the federal government ending payments to insurance companies — a decision that Gov. Brian Sandoval called “devastating” at the time.
According to a report filed in August with the board of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, Executive Director Heather Korbulic asked the attorney general’s office to consider entering into a lawsuit with other states if the federal government chose to stop so-called Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments, made by the federal government to help insurance companies offset the cost of insurance premiums offered to lower-income people.
But insurance officials and Sandoval have sharply criticized the decision to end the payments, saying that it will introduce additional volatility into the insurance market that could lead to rising premiums or a collapse of the market over time.
“It’s going to hurt people. It’s going to hurt kids. It’s going to hurt families. It’s going to hurt individuals. It’s going to hurt people with mental health issues. It’s going to hurt veterans. It’s going to hurt everybody,” Sandoval said in an October interview with The Nevada Independent. “And so this is something that I’ve been very supportive during my administration in terms of expanding health care and making sure that people have access to affordable health care and I’m going to continue on that path.”