Medicaid Expansion Details Announced by Nebraska HHS

BEATRICE – Low-income Nebraskans who qualify for health coverage under the voter-approved Medicaid expansion must wait 18 months to access it.

Nebraska state officials say coverage will go live on Oct. 1, 2020.

Officials with Nebraska Health and Human Services Monday introduced details of a managed care program that will be used in the expansion of Medicaid, to adults who are eligible.

Voters last November approved an expansion of Medicaid, through Initiative 427 in Nebraska.

Director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, Dr. Matthew Van Patten says it’s called the Heritage Health Adult Program.

:31                  “every six months”

Plan details will be submitted to the federal government, as a first step.  There would be three managed care organizations participating, and two tiers of Medicaid coverage…basic and prime.

:29                  “quickly, as possible”

Nebraska will seek a waiver authority from the federal government through the Centers for Medicaid Services to tailor benefits to Nebraska, under Medicaid expansion.  Two public hearings will be required before applying for the waiver.

Van Patten says officials expect an average of seven thousand applications per month.  Eligibility would begin the first day of the month that an application is made.  Van Patten says officials expect about 94,000 Nebraskans to be eligible for expanded Medicaid, although many more will likely apply.

Applications will be made through the Access Nebraska system, but enrollment is a separate system.

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