- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas could win a visit from President Barack Obama if enough people sign up for insurance through the health exchange.

The White House announced Friday that Las Vegas was one of 20 contestants in its Healthy Communities Challenge. The city qualified because it has significant room for improvement in its insurance rate.

About 61,000 people were covered as of this summer through the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, which was created as part of Obama’s health care overhaul. It’s meant for people who don’t have insurance through their employer or another government program.

Most of the customers who enroll in plans through the exchange receive subsidies that lower the cost of insurance.

About 96,000 people in the Las Vegas area are uninsured but eligible for coverage through the exchange.


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