Author: Sarah Maresh

Medicaid Block Grants: Putting the health of Nebraskans at risk.

Medicaid saves lives. Block Grants takeaway care.   Last week, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance, which CMS refers to as the “Healthy Adult Opportunity,” that encourages states to apply for Medicaid block grants. Block grants will result in cuts to Medicaid, a program that is a lifeline to millions of Americans, including 1 in… Read more →

Get to know the Medicaid expansion waiver: dental and vision

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is delaying voter approved Medicaid expansion and is pursuing a complicated Medicaid expansion plan, known as a Section 1115 waiver. Contrary to voter intent, DHHS is seeking to deny important vision and dental coverage to Nebraskans in the expansion group that  Do not prove that they have met DHHS’ legally suspect,… Read more →

Get to know the Medicaid expansion waiver: work requirements

What is the Medicaid expansion waiver? Why are work requirements problematic? Last November, Nebraskans passed Initiative 427, expanding Medicaid to adults who make up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (about $17,000 a year for an individual). Instead of honoring the vote and promptly starting the program, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is intentionally seeking… Read more →