Medicaid Expansion Could Provoke State Budget Fight


December 11th, 2018

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, who opposed Medicaid expansion, now is working with his administration on how to implement it after voters passed an expansion iniative in November. The state must submit a plan to expand Medicaid to the federal government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services by April 1.

Expansion of the program is estimated to provide coverage to about 90,000 Nebraskans currently uninsured.

State legislators are split on how to pay for this expansion, with some, like Sen. Adam Morfeld, opposing cuts to fund Medicaid, while others, like Sen. Steve Halloran, believe that cuts will need to be found, starting with “big ticket items” and working down from there.

Ricketts will present his budget recommendations in mid-January, but deliberation on Medicaid funding in the legislature can stretch to June.

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