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article imageLawsuit filed against Nevada insurance system

By Nicole Weddington     Apr 4, 2014 in Technology
After several glitches stemming from the Nevada Health Link website, a Las Vegas man joins others in the first class action lawsuit against the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange and other parties involved in its creation.
The lawsuit has been filed by a personal injury lawyer on behalf of Larry Basich and Lea Swartley, both residents of Las Vegas. Basich has gone uncovered regardless of the fact that he has paid premiums since last November. Swartley signed up for and has also been paying for a plan, which does not seem to exist. She is expecting and her due date was this past Tuesday.
The lawsuit was filed against the state of Nevada, Xerox, and the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange on Tuesday afternoon in the U.S. District Court of Nevada.
Matthew Callister, lead lawyer on the case, says he has received calls from approximately 40 people telling him that they have paid for coverage, yet, remain uncovered.
He is not sure just how large the class will become, but says the Nevada Health Link website shows a list of more than 10,500 people who are still in the “pending” state.
He also adds that this lawsuit is not aimed at the Affordable Care Act or against the state’s various insurance plans. It is targeted against the entities involved in making insurance options available to the residents of Nevada and ensuring coverage is delivered once a purchase is made and premiums are paid.
“This has nothing to do with the ACA. This is 100 percent about Xerox, who won the bid from the state of Nevada to create this exchange. And they’ve failed. They absolutely failed,” Callister said.
A spokesman for the state exchange, C.J. Bawden, says the state does not comment on lawsuits that are pending against state entities.
The lawsuit filed by Callister alleges gross negligence due to failure to execute due diligence when choosing Xerox as the executor of creating the exchange.
Officials of the state expressed that using Xerox was almost a standard choice for many state and national governments.
What they did not count on was the several snafus that would encumber their journey to completing and executing the exchange.
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