More than 170 religious leaders have signed a letter urging the Unicameral to expand Medicaid to cover 54,000 Nebraskans now without health insurance.
Retired Lutheran minister, the Rev. Keith Nelson, says the letter states each of us has a moral duty to care for one another.
“I am proud to tell you that so far, over 175 clergy, women religious and faith leaders from 10 denominations and 22 Nebraska communities have endorsed, as faith leaders, a letter asking our Senators to pass LB 472,” Nelson tells reporters during a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda.
Clergy and religious leaders from a number of denominations and even different faiths have signed the letter to legislators. [PDF of letter]
Nelson says the clergy hope to open the eyes of lawmakers to those in need.
“We’re trying to surface that by saying that there are people who are falling through the cracks that we don’t necessarily see, because they’re not necessarily in the cluster of people that we are in touch with on a day-to-day basis, but they are members of our communities and our society,” according to Nelson.
Attempts to expand Medicaid since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act have failed in Nebraska. The Unicameral should take up the latest version in the next few weeks.
AUDIO: Religious leaders urge Unicameral to approve Medicaid expansion during news conference. [12:30]