Expanded Medicaid NOW Available in Nebraska
Access to quality, affordable, and equitable health care can be life-changing. Although the coronavirus pandemic brings uncertainty for us all, now more than ever we need to come together to fight for justice for every Nebraskan.
After nearly a decade of waiting, more than 90,000 Nebraskans are newly eligible to apply for Medicaid expansion through the state of Nebraska.
Enrollment opened on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
Expanded Medicaid coverage began on Thursday, October 1, 2020.
Medicaid is expanding to cover Nebraskans who previously did not qualify. Those being paid up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (or up to $1467 per month for an individual and $2498 for a family of 3) may be eligible. People in this new category of Medicaid, known as Heritage Health Adult, will receive one of two different benefits packages: “Basic” or “Prime.”
Prime coverage includes vision and dental services and over-the-counter medicine, while Basic does not. People who are pregnant, those who are 19-20 years old, and those who are considered “medically frail” (having certain chronic health conditions) will receive Prime coverage. Everyone else will receive Basic coverage.
Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is moving forward with a plan for Medicaid expansion that includes wellness and work requirements. These requirements would likely go into effect later in 2020 or in 2021.
Jobs would be created in Nebraska and is estimated to bring back hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds.
Nebraskans have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Over half of them would be eligible for Medicaid expansion.
of Nebraskans in rural areas are uninsured and would be eligible for Medicaid expansion.
COUNTDOWN TO COVERAGE COMMUNITY EVENT
Do you still have questions about Medicaid expansion? Nebraskans and community health care advocates share how Medicaid expansion will make a difference to the health and well-being of our communities.
SHARE YOUR STORY
Stories are the most powerful form of advocacy, and we would love to hear your story. We want to know why Medicaid expansion is important to you. How will it make a difference for you or your loved ones? How has this pandemic increased the need for Medicaid expansion?
For questions about the Heritage Health Adult program, please contact Appleseed’s Community Assistance Line by filling out our online form.