Health, Fiscal Costs Cited in Neb. Medicaid Debate

ne-legislature-13(AP) — A proposal to extend health-care coverage to low-income Nebraskans is once again stirring debate among lawmakers.

Supporters argued Tuesday that a failure to pass the “Wellness in Nebraska Act” would hurt rural hospitals, lead more residents to postpone treatment and deprive Nebraska of $2.2 billion in tax dollars paid to the federal government.

Opponents say it will divert money away from other priorities, such as education.

The proposal would help cover some 54,000 residents through a combination of Medicaid and subsidized private health insurance. It would cost an estimated $62 million between July of this year and June 2020.

The lead sponsor, Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln, says uninsured Nebraskans are more likely to seek care when their disease is more advanced and less treatable.

  • Progressive1

    What Republicans dont tell you is we pay for those without insurance and for those with little insurance when they cant pay their bills.

    Republicans say ‘just go to the ER if you dont have insurance’. No kidding that is their plan.

    It is better to spend a little on preventative care and get blood pressure meds than to get a helicopter ride to the heart institute in Lincoln. Those with junk insurance will forgo clinic visits and skip the preventative care.

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