Rural Health News

Corrections Reform and Medicaid Redesign

Two important issues are emerging in the 2015 Nebraska Legislature - corrections reform, necessary because of severe overcrowding in the state’s prisons, and LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, which would reform the state’s Medicaid program and offer healthcare coverage to approximately 54,000 modest-income, working Nebraskans.

5 Reasons Rural Nebraska Needs the Medicaid Redesign Act

The Medicaid Redesign Act, LB 472, is critical for rural Nebraska. It’s intended to provide low-income working Nebraskans with health insurance. LB 472 would create a Nebraska-specific plan for cost-effective health care for the coverage gap population of about 54,000. It would create a Medicaid Redesign Task Force of members of the Nebraska Legislature and the executive branch to review the state’s Medicaid program and provide recommendations to improve quality, to innovate the program and to save costs.

Redesigning Medicaid in Montana

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to medical care. Disease prevention and early intervention is so much cheaper than treating a disease or injury after it has progressed.

Redesigning Medicaid in Nebraska

Nebraska’s failure to participate in the new Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act has, for two years, allowed low-income, working Nebraskans to fall into a health care coverage gap that has left them economically and medically vulnerable. At least 54,000 of our friends, family members and neighbors do not qualify for Medicaid, cannot afford private insurance, and have incomes too low to qualify for tax credits in the new health insurance marketplace. Yes, you read that right… with incomes too low to qualify for coverage in the healthcare exchange.

Lost Medicaid Dollars to top $700 Million in Montana Alone

Montana is leaving a lot of money on the table. So are other states that haven’t expanded their Medicaid program for low-income residents as the Affordable Care Act provided.

Since Jan 1, 2014, Montana has been forfeiting about $2 million per day in federal funds that could provide health insurance for around 69,000 low-income families and individuals. By Christmas of 2014, this means over $700 million has been forfeited, money that could have been supporting local hospitals and strengthening both the health and the economies of our communities.

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