Feds approve Nebraska’s two-tiered Medicaid expansion setup

DHM update- Ricketts presser
DHM update- Ricketts presser
Published: Oct. 20, 2020 at 12:45 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Low-income residents who qualify for expanded Medicaid coverage in Nebraska will have to work, volunteer, take classes, or get job training if they want access to certain health-care services starting in 2022.

Gov. Pete Ricketts said during a news conference on Tuesday that the federal government has approved Nebraska’s request to impose additional requirements on people who want coverage for vision or dental services or over-the-counter drugs.

The state submitted a two-tiered proposal to the federal government, with a prime plan that includes those extra services a basic plan that doesn’t. The basic plan offers coverage for physical and behavioral health care services and prescription drugs.

Sign-up begins in April 2021. Recipients will also have to meet with a health care provider for a wellness assessment in 2021.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma joined Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CEO Danette R. Smith and Nate Watson, DHHS Deputy Director of Policy and Regulations to detail the rollout and accompanying processes.

Watch Tuesday’s news conference

WOWT 6 News contributed to this report.

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