On the last day of bill introductions in the Nebraska Legislature, Lincoln State Senator Kathy Campbell introduced a bill that would expand Medicaid coverage to those who do not currently meet the guidelines but can’t afford health insurance.
Senator Campbell says by expanding Medicaid, the program would cover 54 currently uninsured Nebraskans and would save 500 lives by having the option of early and preventative care. She says they crunched the numbers and says it is cost effective to provide the Medicaid coverage as those with insurance are already picking up the tab for their care as well with higher premiums.
It is estimated that 54,000 Nebraskans would be eligible for Medicaid coverage under the new guidelines. Senator Campbell says this would cover those making $26,344 or less for a family of three or one in five Nebraskans.
This would also save the state millions by eliminating assistance programs.