With more than 133,000 signatures collected, a coalition of health advocates turned in more than enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot. The group only needed 85,000 valid signatures to qualify so proponents were encouraged by the strong show of support. With all legal options exhausted by the opposition, the issue is now fully certified to appear on the statewide ballot.
It is estimated that 90,000 Nebraskans will benefit from this new access to healthcare and nearly $600 million per year is already set aside for Nebraska that we currently are not getting. Medicaid is a cost sharing health care program for the state’s lowest income citizens who fall below 138% of the poverty level. This amounts to a family income of less than $35,000 per year for a family of four.
The American Heart Association supports Medicaid expansion in the states. “Families without health insurance are forced to make very difficult decisions each day,” said Brian Krannawitter, Government Relations Director for Nebraska. “We know that individuals with Medicaid are more likely to have cardiovascular conditions than those with other types of insurance. Because of that it is important they have the coverage that Medicaid provides, or the costs can be catastrophic to their family.”