Rural Health News

The Bottom Line: Medicaid Expansion a Fiscal Winner for Nebraska

Evidence shows that states that have expanded Medicaid have witnessed substantially faster growth in healthcare jobs than states that have not expanded.
 
According to a report from Dr. Allan Jenkins and Dr. Ron Konecny of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, expanding Medicaid in Nebraska would support 10,779 jobs in Nebraska in FY 2019-20. This is crucial in lower income areas, including rural Nebraska, where Medicaid expansion would have a larger effect and where jobs, particularly well-paying healthcare jobs, are needed.
 

Supreme Court Preserves Health Insurance Marketplaces

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court announced their decision upholding tax subsidies to help low- and middle-income people purchase individual health insurance plans through a federal health insurance marketplace. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion in the 6-to-3 decision.
 
The case focused on creation of a federal health insurance exchange that provides access to a health insurance marketplace, and tax subsidies, for qualified individuals in states that did not create their own state exchanges.
 

Montana Passes Compromise Medicaid Expansion Bill

In late April, lots more eyes than normal were on the Montana legislature. Legislators were debating the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act, which expands Medicaid to everyone below 138% of the federal poverty line. 

A coalition of legislators from both political parties passed the bill despite some procedural tricks designed to block legislators from bringing the bill to a vote. It passed both houses, and was signed by Governor Bullock. 

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