The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey estimates about 141,000 Nebraskans are without health insurance, and about 97,000 of them are employed. This map includes American Community Survey’s five-year estimate of the number of Nebraskans falling into the coverage gap, as well as estimated percentages of working age population without health coverage and those who are employed without coverage.
Even with the passage of Medicaid expansion in November 2017, these Nebraskans who fall into the coverage gap continue to have no way to get health insurance. They don’t qualify for Medicaid—they either earn more than Medicaid’s very low income threshold (about $17,000 per year) or they don’t fi t into other Medicaid-eligible categories (children, elderly, people with disabilities). These Nebraskans also do not make enough income to qualify for subsidies that would help them buy coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Enrollment in expanded Medicaid coverage is anticipated to begin in August 2020.