Today, Governor Heineman announced that the state would default to a federally facilitated exchange in Nebraska. Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca L. Gould issued the following statement in response:
“Now that Nebraska has decided the federal government will facilitate our exchange, Nebraska Appleseed looks forward to working with federal and state officials to ensure the system is focused on the consumer and provides easy, understandable, and affordable access to health care coverage for Nebraskans,” Gould said.
“We believed there was a real opportunity to create a state-based exchange that would allow Nebraskans to meet the specific challenges and unique needs of our state. However, we hope now the state will work with federal officials to create a marketplace that is accountable to its customers, focused on their access to coverage, and provides true value for the hard-earned premium dollars Nebraskans spend on their health care.
“Additionally, the Legislature should work quickly to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s new Medicaid program to cover those who will not gain coverage through our exchange. The Medicaid program, working hand-in-hand with the insurance exchange, would fulfill the goal of the Affordable Care Act to provide necessary health care coverage for all Nebraskans.”