Health care coverage is a vital part of living a good life. People with health insurance are physically healthier – and economically more secure. They seek out preventative care, they see a doctor when they need to, and they’re more likely to bounce back, financially, from injury or illness.
But, today, more than 225,000 Nebraskans can’t afford even basic health care coverage.
At Nebraska Appleseed, we’re working to make quality health care affordable for everyone.
Currently we’re focused on – and enthusiastic about – the federal Affordable Care Act. The law is the best opportunity our state has had to make real progress.
We’re working with government agencies and lawmakers to make sure the Affordable Care Act is implemented fairly in our state; that new systems are simple and easy to use; and that the law reaches the people it was intended to help.
Current Projects & Initiatives:
Affordable Care Act
Appleseed recognizes the Affordable Care Act, the national health care reform law, as a great opportunity for thousands of Nebraska to get improved access to quality, affordable health care. We will work with state and federal leaders to create an insurance exchange that best serves the Nebraska consumer, is easily navigated, and offers policies that truly meet the health care needs of our people.
Appleseed believes Medicaid is a vital program that provides much-needed health care access to thousands of Nebraskans who could not otherwise get access to care, including vulnerable children and older adults who do not yet qualify for Medicare. We fight to protect the program and fervently support the Affordable Care Act’s new Medicaid option that will bring health care access to at least 54,000 uninsured Nebraskans.
Children’s Health Care
Healthy children learn better and are more readily prepared to become healthy, productive adults. Appleseed advocates for policies that ensure better access to health care for our kids to give them the brightest possible future. We worked at federal level to strengthen the Children’s Health Insurance Program and fought for increased access at the state level, and continue to push for mental and behavioral health services to be covered to a greater degree under Medicaid.