Nebraskans need quality, affordable health care without barriers and limitations. We want to share another opportunity for you to voice your concerns with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) proposed Medicaid expansion waiver program, also known as the Heritage Health Adult Program.
This Thursday, DHHS will be holding a public hearing on their proposed regulations on Medicaid expansion, including the limitation of retroactive coverage.
Practice social distancing while sending your comments on Title 477, Chapter 29 of the Nebraska Administrative Code (Medicaid expansion regulations) and on Title 477, Chapter 4 of the Nebraska Administrative Code (limitation of retroactive eligibility), found here, to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, April 9 at 5 pm CT.
We’ve put together talking points to help guide you in writing your comment.
Medicaid Expansion Heritage Health Adult Program Regulations (Title 477, Chapter 29 of the Nebraska Administrative Code):
- The proposed regulations include barriers and cuts to health care coverage, none of which were authorized by voters.
- A tiered benefits system and the related regulations are confusing and would create challenges for both people using Medicaid and providers.
- People could be locked out of important health care services (dental, vision, and over-the-counter drugs) that help maintain overall health for an entire year for not completing certain activities.
- The requirements to complete multiple activities to get full coverage just create additional and unnecessary barriers to coverage.
Limited retroactive coverage (Title 477, Chapter 4 of the Nebraska Administrative Code):
- Limiting retroactive coverage will increase burdens on providers and hospitals and uncompensated care.
- It will also increase financial burdens on vulnerable people and their families.
Right now, 90,000 of our family members, friends, and neighbors are still waiting for Medicaid to be expanded. You can help by sharing your concerns with our state leaders.
Thank you for your advocacy.