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Las Vegas man with $400K in medical debt gets help

Reported by: Sandra Gonzalez
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Updated: 4/23/2014 10:56 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A Las Vegas man who's facing a more than $400,000 in medical bills because of a glitch in the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange is about to get some relief.

Larry Basich has been carrying the burden of more than $400,000 in medical bills after his heart attack on New Year's Eve, one day before his insurance through the exchange was to go into effect. But there were enrollment problems -- and he's been trying to get them resolved ever since.

At the exchange board meeting Thursday, insurance carrier Health Plan of Nevada stepped up. But insurance broker Tamar Burch, who's helping Basich, is playing it safe.

"I just want to see it completed. Unfortunately because we have seen a lot of verbal conversations being made, documentation, documentation, documentation. That's where we stand so. That's what I'm looking for," Burch said.

She says this is a huge step toward resolving Basich's mountain of medical bills.

"We're getting to the finish line and that's how I'm looking at it, not only for Larry, but other consumers that are stuck right now in this big whirlwind. It's just unfortunate that we have a lot of casualties right now that need assistance to get the coverage that they need," Burch said.

Burch says HPN told the exchange board it will assume coverage effective as of January 1.

"And they will pay the claims accordingly to the plan and of course he will pay his portion whether it's deductible, copays, coinsurance and so forth," Burch said.

Basich is a bit emotional over the ordeal, but Burch says he's feeling optimistically relieved.

Now they'll wait to see if the promises of assistance will be resolved on paper, and his claims paid.



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