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Sandoval vetoes bill creating 'Medicaid for all' health plan in Nevada

Gov. Brian Sandoval holds a bill signing at the University of Nevada, Reno on Friday, June 16, 2017 (SBG)

Gov. Brian Sandoval has vetoed a bill that would have created a health care plan open to residents who don't qualify for Medicaid in Nevada.

Assembly Bill 374 would have directed the Department of Health and Human Services to create a health plan similar to Medicaid, with residents able to buy into it through the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.

Sandoval called the bill a "novel idea" in his veto message, saying its concepts will likely play a role in the future of health care policy.

He said he would veto AB 374, however, as it "raises more questions than it answers" and adds more uncertainty to the health insurance industry.

Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle, who introduced AB 374, said in a statement that he is disappointed with the governor's decision.

"Healthcare is a right, not a privilege or a product," Sprinkle said. "With this veto, Governor Sandoval has actively decided to veto a right that all Nevadans should have."

Friday is the final day for Sandoval's signature on bills passed in the 2017 legislative session. He signed 608 bills into law, according to a spokesperson, the most for a single session during his tenure as governor.

Among the bills he signed on Friday included a capital improvement project proposal, which would allow for the construction of a new engineering building at University of Nevada, Reno and a new DMV facility in the Truckee Meadows.

He also signed off on a bill that expands the testing of autonomous driving vehicles through cab and ride-share companies.

Three other bills were vetoed Friday, two relating to renewable energy and one that would have aligned the state's health care laws to those in the Affordable Care Act.


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