The Nebraska legislature has tabled a proposed Medicaid expansion proposal for the session. Senators voted 28 to 20 on the motion.
Governor Pete Ricketts says he is pleased the plan is not going forward.
“We need to look for sustainable solutions for how we address some of these things and the plan that was on the table today was not one of those solutions,” Ricketts told reporters at a news conference. “It was based on a failed plan in Arkansas. In fact, if you look at what’s going on in Arkansas and Iowa, they’re going different directions now. I think this was the right choice and I really commend the legislature for not going forward on this bill.”
Ricketts says a new president’s administration next year may be open to different options when it comes to providing coverage to uninsured Nebraskans.
“This current administration’s attitude has really been my way or the highway. Maybe next year we’ll have a different kind of attitude from the federal government,” Ricketts said.
Ricketts says Nebraskans without health insurance can go to federally-qualified community health centers for care until a solution is reached.