A legislative effort to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income Nebraskans through a constitutional amendment ballot question this November has failed, but supporters are not letting that stop them.
A group called Insure The Good Life has begun collecting signatures for a ballot initiative.
Molly McCleery, Nebraska Appleseed deputy director of the health care access program, says there is a lot of work to do before the July 5th deadline.
“The campaign will work to get roughly 85,000 certified signatures to put the issue on the November 2018 ballot,” McCleery tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Expanding Medicaid through this ballot measure only expands it to people making up to 138% of the federal poverty level.
She says it is a good time to allow the people of Nebraska to vote on the issue.
“They know people in their communities that would be impacted by this. They see those who are working full-time, working hard but still can’t access health insurance, so this is definitely something that we can get over the finish line,” she says.
Organizers have set up a website to recruit volunteers and to educate the public.
“We have 90,000 people who don’t have access to health insurance, and that’s a significant problem for themselves and their families,” McCleery says, “but it’s also an economic problem for our state.”
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:39]