Nebraska Medicaid expansion plan would rein in state costs; critics say it cuts coverage, benefits
LINCOLN — Nebraska Medicaid would save nearly $360 million over five years under a controversial plan submitted for federal approval.
The plan would create a two-tier benefits system for expanding Medicaid to some 94,000 more low-income Nebraskans. It also would end retroactive coverage for most Medicaid patients.
Together, the changes would rein in spending on adult Medicaid services by about 4.3% annually, according to state Medicaid officials.
The application for federal approval said the plan would benefit both patients and the state and aims at “encouraging better health outcomes and life success both for the sake of each individual beneficiary as well as the sake of the long-term financial sustainability of Nebraska’s Medicaid program.”