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HIGH PRIORITY BILLS

LB 518 - PROPOSED CHANGES IN MEDICAID

Medicaid Matters Protest

LB 518 may be well-intended to begin a discussion about alternatives and improvements to Medicaid, but it puts many individuals with disabilities, who often have no other healthcare alternative than Medicaid, at risk. 

What does LB 518 propose?

  • To severely limit services that would be approved for Medicaid
  • Further, the services under the bill would not meet the necessary medical and healthcare needs of many Nebraskans with disabilities.
  • For individuals with disabilities who need more services than are afforded funds are deposited into an individual’s Health Savings Account

Disability Rights Nebraska

  • Is concerned about the ability of individuals to meet their healthcare needs with the funding ceilings put in place by LB 518.
  • Is concerned that the time it would take for a review/appeal of the funding might jeopardize that individual’s health—let alone if the result of the appeal is a denial for an increase.

LB 518 proposes a sea change in the provision of Medicaid for Nebraska and raises more issues and questions than it answers. 


Materials Relating to the Bill


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

February 10, 2015

  • Hearing - Bill is sitting in Committee

FINAL UPDATE:

LB 518 did not advance out of committee and is being held over for consideration in the next legislative session.

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