Dollars and Sense of Health Care Access in Nebraska

Rural Health
The Dollars and Sense of Health Care Access

Nebraska is one of 17 states not adopting Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. This has left more than 79,000 individuals in a “coverage gap.”

Each individual covered through an expanded Medicaid program could save $1,100 on out-of-pocket health costs each year. When spent locally, these savings lead to 800 potential new jobs, $32 million in additional income, and $4.9 million in state and local tax revenues.

For every $1 Nebraska invests in Medicaid expansion, an additional $13.41 in federal funding will enter our state’s economy. Much of this is allocated to our hospitals, which stand to lose $1.6 billion over a 10-year period through our failure to expand Medicaid.