Lawmakers supporting the bill say the state already pays for the uninsured through higher premiums. They say having the federal government step in will save dollars.
In a press conference at the capitol Wednesday, state lawmakers, some Republican pushed for a bill to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. A measure, they say would provide health insurance to 54,000 uninsured Nebraskans.
"My bottom line is, this is the right thing to do," Senator Bob Krist said.
Some of the senators say Nebraskans already support the uninsured by paying higher premiums. If we adopt the expansion the federal government would cover 100 percent of the costs for the first three years. From there the federal support would drop down to 90 percent. They say the difference would then be covered by the state.
"The idea that we could exercise and bring federal dollars into the state to cover this, cover these populations means that we can provide a more cost–effective healthcare," Senator Kathy Campbell said.
Even though the subject has been on the table for years it doesn't sit well with Governor Heineman.
In the past, he has vehemently voiced his opposition saying it's too costly, and would dip into other state programs including education.
Now that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, supporters hope the governor will take a second look this time around.
"These are working Nebraskans in many cases, who just can't afford the coverage to provide for themselves and their families. These working Nebraskans deserve to be apart of our health care system."
The expansion is estimated to cost the state about $14 million. Again, the Affordable Care Act officially takes effect in 2014.
By: Cole Miller firstname.lastname@example.org Lincoln's own urban search and rescue team is back home Thursday night after spending more than two days in Moore, Oklahoma. The town was destroyed by and EF-5 tornadoMore >>
Lincoln Fire and Rescue's Urban Search and Rescue team spent more than two days in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
By: Jenn Schanz email@example.com April third began like any other morning for Mike Persson, until he started having chest pain while getting ready for work. He was detoured on his way to the hospitalMore >>
Just in time for national EMS week, Mike Persson learned first hand how emergency medical providers save lives.More >>
By: Brittany Paris firstname.lastname@example.org When Irving Middle School's yearbook came out last Friday, one student's picture stood out, and not for good reasons. Now, LPS and the school's principal are apologizing. "AMore >>
When Irving Middle School's yearbook came out last Friday, one student's picture stood out, and not for good reasons.More >>
Posted By: KLKN Newsroom email@example.com Michael Miller, convicted of first degree sexual assault in a case from the early 1990's, was sentenced to prison. The 58-year-old Miller was given 5-10 yearsMore >>
Michael Miller was convicted of first degree sexual assault in a case from the early 1990's.More >>
Posted By: KLKN Newsroom firstname.lastname@example.org KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - A University of Nebraska-Kearney professor has been accused of possessing and distributing child pornography. The Kearney Police DepartmentMore >>
52-year-old Joseph Benz was arrested late Wednesday.More >>
Posted By: KLKN Newsroom email@example.com Lincoln Public School officials are discussing what's been described as "an unfortunate incident at Irving Middle School involving the yearbook." We've learnedMore >>
School officials say an inappropriate acronym was placed next to a student's picture.More >>
Posted By: KLKN Newsroom firstname.lastname@example.org The Nebraska State Patrol is rerouting traffic on I-80 at the NW 48th St. exit near Lincoln due to an overturned semi. Westbound lanes are closed. The state patrolMore >>
A semi overturned in the westbound lanes near Pleasant Dale.More >>
Posted By: KLKN Newsroom email@example.com Lincoln, NE – May 23, 2013 – Roger Cook of Lincoln recently won $1 million playing Nebraska Powerball. The Nebraska Lottery says Cook bought his winning ticketMore >>
Roger Cook of Lincoln recently won $1 million playing Nebraska Powerball.More >>