Understanding Medicaid expansion

Nebraska voters passed Initiative 427 to expand eligibility for Medicaid services from the State. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has been working hard to implement the expanded coverage, which will be called Heritage Health Adult. Thanks to the team’s focus and effective management, enrollment will open as planned on August 1st and services will begin on October 1st.

Reaching this point has taken a tremendous amount of work. As directed by the ballot initiative, DHHS filed the required state plan amendments with the federal government on April 1, 2019. Along the way, DHHS has been working to secure federal approvals for the new program, building the technology platforms required to manage the program, and pulling together the network of providers and doctors needed to deliver services.

 

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