Lawmakers Unveil New Nebraska Medicaid Proposal

medicaid(AP) — Nebraska would use its state Medicaid program and private health insurers to cover low-income residents, under a new proposal in the Legislature.

Supporters unveiled the “Wellness in Nebraska” Act on Tuesday as they prepare for another attempt to expand coverage under the federal health care law.

The measure would offer traditional Medicaid coverage to residents who make less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Residents who make between 100 and 138 percent would buy private insurance in the federal marketplace, but with Medicaid dollars covering most of their premiums and copays. Their share of the cost could be waived if they participate in a wellness program.

Opponents in the Legislature blocked an attempt last year to pass a Medicaid expansion bill.

  • Progressive1

    I am a frugal person. Republicans want to go back to the ‘good old days’ when the uninsured would get really sick and have no choice but to go to the ER.

    The uninsured would not pay and the cost is picked up by the taxpayer.

    I would rather spend $150 on a visit to the clinic for preventative care than spend $150,000 on an ER visit and a fight for life.

    But I am a frugal person.

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    • c69101

      No you aren’t, you are a marxist that wants to spend other people’s money!

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