Debate over Medicaid Redesign Act Begins - Center for Rural Affairs urges passage of LB 472
Lincoln, Nebraska - Debate for LB 472 the Medicaid Redesign Act, began today. The legislative proposal, introduced by Senator Kathy Campbell, would help redesign Nebraska’s Medicaid program and close the existing Medicaid gap by providing healthcare coverage for uninsured Nebraskans who don’t make enough to qualify for tax credits through the new healthcare marketplace to make purchasing private insurance more affordable.
“Today at the Unicameral Nebraska lawmakers are deciding about the lives of 77,000 Nebraskans,” said Virginia Meyer of the Center for Rural Affairs. “LB 472 would provide health insurance coverage through the state’s Medicaid program to those in the Medicaid coverage gap.”
“People crash into the gap when they make too much income to qualify for traditional Medicaid but not enough to qualify for tax credits through the health insurance marketplace. Without passage of LB 472, rural hospitals will close, 77,000 Nebraskans will continue to struggle without affordable health care, and, at the end of the day, people will die. The responsible thing to do, the moral thing, is to pass LB 472.”
Virginia Meyer, Center for Rural Affairs
According to Meyer, Nebraska is losing over $930,000 every day by failing to provide health coverage to its low-income, working citizens and the federal funding that will provide it. Since January 1, 2014, Nebraska has lost a total of over $430 million in available federal Medicaid funds (http://www.cfra.org/news/150305/nebraska-medicaid-losses-top-400-million).