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Pesticide Use and Depression in Farmers

Organic farming may be as important to the farmers who practice it as to those who purchase and eat the food they grow. This year, researchers with the National Institute of Health completed a landmark, 20-year study of the connection between pesticides and depression in farmers.
 

Nebraska’s Health Care System Can Handle LB 472

One of the arguments used against providing access to health insurance for modest-income, working Nebraskans through LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, is that those newly eligible for health insurance would swamp our health care system. In fact, the exact opposite is true.

The Best Reason for Nebraska's Medicaid Redesign: The Math Adds Up

Here in Nebraska lawmakers are deciding about the lives of 77,000 Nebraskans. The Medicaid Redesign Act, or LB 472, would provide health insurance coverage through the state’s Medicaid program to those in the coverage gap. The health and well-being of 77,000 Nebraskans is a pretty compelling reason to support the Medicaid Redesign Act, or LB 472. You might be wondering, however, "Is this whole Medicaid Redesign Act a fiscally smart move for the great state of Nebraska?"

Medicaid Expansion Will Save Lives

Nebraska’s LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, would provide health insurance coverage through the state’s Medicaid program to those in the coverage gap. People fall into the gap when they make too much income to qualify for traditional Medicaid coverage but not enough to qualify for premium assistance tax credits through the health insurance marketplace, and they lack access to employer-provided insurance.

HELP Act Won't Bust Budget

Other states have found their initiatives to expand Medicaid similar to Montana’s SB 405, the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act, have produced significant budget savings. Providing health insurance for low-income, working Montanans will result in state budget savings and economic growth.
 
Kentucky estimates their expanded Medicaid program will result in net state budget savings of $820 million from state fiscal year 2014 to state fiscal year 2021. And Arkansas estimates savings of $370 million during that time.
 

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