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Please use these links to help you when you need to find informaiton on COVID-19.
4/21/2020 – Governor Sisolak Announces Nevada School Buildings will not Re-Open During the 2019-20 School Year
The links below provide guidance to schools, students, and their families on how to prepare, prevent, and respond to COVID-19.
The information below provides COVID-19-related guidance to Nevada consumers.
Patient Privacy Laws
In order to protect public health and safety, there are state and federal laws in place regarding patient privacy. Though we are all concerned about our own health, we need to recognize that these laws are in place to protect private citizens and we should respect their personal information.
What Laws Govern a Patient’s Private Health Information?
NRS 441A.220 prohibits disclosing personal health information without the consent of the individual except in limited circumstances. This information cannot be disclosed even with a search warrant, subpoena or discovery proceeding in a lawsuit. The health authority can only disclose the information necessary to assist the public in controlling or preventing communicable disease without violating the rights of any individual to their own personal health information. Regulations and policies of local health districts further implement this law.
Additional federal laws, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), may also apply. The HIPAA Privacy Rule is a national standard to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information. Entities that must follow the HIPAA regulations include health insurance companies, government programs that pay for health care (Medicare and Medicaid), and health care providers (doctors, nurses, hospitals, etc.). Some local health districts and public health authorities provide direct health care services, so they also comply with HIPAA.
What Information Can the Health Authority Disclose About a Case or Suspected Case of COVID-19?
The public health authority can publicly provide statistical information as long as the information does not identify any person who has or has been exposed to COVID-19. [NRS 441A.220(2)]
The public health authority can disclose specific, limited personal health information to the following:
If an exception allows disclosure, it is limited. The health authority may only disclose information to those who have been exposed or are likely to be exposed sufficiently to acquire COVID-19. Only information which is necessary to protect another person’s health may be disclosed. [NAC 441A.300(2-3)]
The protection of first responders, including emergency medical service personnel, police officers, and firefighters, is critical to the protection of the community. Due to the recent spread of the disease, COVID-19 is not specifically listed as a communicable disease in the regulation which directly authorizes disclosure to first responders upon an exposure likely to cause transmission. [NAC 441A.305(1)(b) and (2)] First responders who have been exposed, however, fall under the exception as a person who has a medical need to know the information for their own protection or well-being. Whether someone has a medical need to know another person’s health information is determined by the relevant health authority and may be subject to federal privacy laws. [NRS 441A.220(6); NAC 441A.300(1)(a)]
Why do Public Health Authorities Protect the Personal Information of Individuals Who Have or May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19?
They must do so under the law. The public health authority must comply with the law to maintain the confidentiality of personal information.
It is critical that people are honest and accurate about where they have been and what they have done so that the public health authorities can identify all persons who may be exposed. Individuals would be less likely to cooperate with public health officials and provide personal information if they fear their personal information will be released to the public.
What is the Penalty for Unauthorized Disclosure of Personal Health Information?
Violating Nevada’s patient privacy laws is a crime punishable as a misdemeanor. [NRS 441A.910]
The following documents provide guidance for individuals deemed close contacts, people under monitoring, or confirmed cases.
Visitors Traveling to Nevada and Nevadans Traveling Outside Nevada
On March 30, 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak issued a travel advisory for the State of Nevada, urging visitors or returning Nevadans to self-quarantine and
monitor their health for 14 days after arriving or returning to Nevada to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in Nevada.
Travelers are urged to self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days or the duration of their stay in Nevada, whichever is shorter. Travelers and returning Nevadans should not visit any public place or come into contact with those who are not members of their household unit.
The Governor is also strongly urging Nevadans to avoid non-essential travel during this time period, especially to places where the CDC has issued travel advisories. For Nevada residents who live in communities that border other states, please practice aggressive social distancing if you must cross state lines for essential daily matters. This advisory does not apply to healthcare, public health, public safety, transportation,and food supply essential employees. For more information, click on the links above.
CDC Travel Health Notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues that impact travelers’ health, like disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters, in specific destinations. For updated CDC guidance on current travel advisories, visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel page.
For additional resources and travel advisories, and to inform your personal travel decisions, please visit:
Nevada Department of Transportation
When driving to, from, and throughout Nevada you can find updated Nevada highway conditions – including any potential weather-related closures – by logging onto www.nvroads.com or dialing 511 before driving. Also, you can download the NVRoads app on your mobile device for state highway updates. For additional information about the Nevada Department of Transportation you can visit their main site, here.
The following documents provide guidance to healthcare facilities, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, acute care facilities, and skilled nursing facilities, as well as medical laboratories.
Acute Care Facilities
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Long Term Care Facilities
The following documents provide guidance to healthcare providers—including home health care providers—and first responders.
Home Healthcare Providers
Behavioral Health Providers
The following documents and links provide identification, monitoring, and containment guidance to local public health authorities and tribal governments.
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There’s no limit to what people with disabilities can do. Now, that includes saving, too.
With ABLE Nevada, you can save for qualified disability expenses without losing your eligibility for certain assistance programs, like SSI and Medicaid.
The earnings on your investments are federally tax-deferred and tax-free, if used for qualified disability expenses.1 That can help your savings compound, earning returns on your returns.View More Nevada ABLE
Rules for Spending ABLE Money
You can spend the money in your ABLE account on any “qualified disability expense.” This can include:
Housing (which can be mortgage payments, real property taxes, rent, furniture, heating fuel, gas, electricity, water, sewer, or garbage removal)
Transportation (including gasoline and car repairs, public transportation, paratransit, and taxis).
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Medical expenses, prevention, and wellness (including insurance premiums and copays)
Many people who have disabilities are unfamiliar with the ABLE Law or what an ABLE Account is and how it can help them. Recently in Nevada I have been helping educate people with disabilities and also attorneys and some judges who hear cases on ABLE. This has really educated me on the importance of an ABLE Account.
What is an ABLE account? An ABLE account is a tax-advantaged savings account where qualified individuals with disabilities can open a spending account as a result of the passage of the ABLE Act of 2014. The person can make a contribution to their ABLE accounts on an after-tax basis. The earnings from ABLE funds are tax-deferred and are tax-free as long as the person uses them for qualified disability expenses.
Why the need for ABLE accounts? In most states people with disabilities can only have $2,000 in assets at any given time in order to remain eligible for many federal programs that many depend on programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Although under ABLE, they are now eligible for an ABLE savings account that will not affect their eligibility for SSI (up to $100,000), Medicaid and other public benefits. Also though the ABLE account it allows an increase this $2,000 asset limitation so that individuals account holder and their families can save money for their present and future needs.View More ABLE Act
July 31, 2018
| Plain Text Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh (286KB) [download]
Statement Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh (236KB) [download]
>>Download and read a PDF plain language summary as well as the full text of AUCD’s statement at right
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a national organization that supports the right of self-determination for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities. After carefully reviewing opinions that fail to affirm this right and jeopardize access to healthcare for people with disabilities, AUCD has decided to oppose the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. “The appointment of Judge Kavanaugh threatens civil rights protections for people with disabilities including access to healthcare,” said Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of AUCD. “Judge Kavanaugh’s record on the D.C. Circuit has failed to support the critical principle of self-determination for people with intellectual disabilities and the importance of access to healthcare for millions of Americans with disabilities.” Two cases in Judge Kavanaugh’s record form the primary basis for our concerns.
In the 2007 ruling DOE v. District of Columbia and Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration, Judge Kavanaugh ruled that people with intellectual disabilities could be presumed incompetent to make medical decisions: