STATEMENT: Complicated Medicaid expansion waiver submitted to federal government

Press Release
December 13, 2019

Contact: Molly McCleery
Health Care Access Program Director
Nebraska Appleseed
O: (402) 438-8853 ext 113
mmccleery@neappleseed.org

Medicaid expansion waiver submitted to the federal government with minimal changes

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed waiver submitted to federal government despite comments from hundreds of Nebraskans opposing the waiver

LINCOLN—Yesterday, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services submitted their proposed waiver for implementing Medicaid expansion to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the Medicaid program. The Section 1115 waiver, known as the Heritage Health Adult Program, still includes a two-tiered benefits system, work and wellness requirements, and changes to retroactive eligibility. Nebraska Appleseed’s Program Director for Health Care Access, Molly McCleery, issued the following statement in response:

“The Department is continuing to delay implementing Medicaid expansion by experimenting with a Section 1115 waiver that imposes additional barriers and reduced benefits. The waiver submitted to the federal government is unnecessary and was submitted despite comments from hundreds of Nebraskans opposing the waiver. It is clear that Nebraskans voted for basic access to care, not a complicated experiment that creates barriers to that access.”

Nebraskans will have another opportunity to stand for expansion and submit a comment to the federal government regarding the Department’s proposed waiver. Those who submitted a comment during the state comment period should again raise their concerns during the federal comment period. It’s time for our leaders to listen and honor the vote of the people by swiftly beginning the program without barriers or unnecessary experiments to Medicaid expansion.

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