March 18, 2014 LINCOLN, Neb. |
By: Associated Press
A new proposal to extend health coverage to low-income Nebraskans is up for debate in the Legislature.
Lawmakers will begin discussion Tuesday on the Wellness in Nebraska Act, a new version of a Medicaid expansion bill that stalled last year.
The legislation would help cover an estimated 54-thousand residents through Medicaid or subsidized, private health insurance.
Many residents who would qualify have fallen into a "coverage gap", because their incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to receive subsidies available through the federal health insurance marketplace.
Governor Dave Heineman argued his weekly newspaper column that Medicaid expenses would grow under the bill and pull money away from other priorities, such as education.
Senators aren't expected to vote until Wednesday.