Midlands Voices: Governor’s opposition burdens low-income Nebraskans

From the Omaha World Herald:

By Richard Dooling

Happy New Year! But not so happy if you are one of the 80,000 or more low-income Nebraskans who fall into the looming health insurance “coverage gap.”

People fall in the gap when they earn too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid but not enough to qualify for tax credits in the new health insurance marketplace, meaning they go without health insurance.

The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) required states to expand Medicaid to cover those in the gap, but in 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could decide for themselves whether to participate.

Gov. Dave Heineman is opposed to expanding Medicaid coverage in Nebraska, even though by most estimates Nebraska stands to lose a minimum of more than $700 million by not participating.

Read more: http://www.omaha.com/article/20140112/NEWS08/140119846

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