An estimated 90,000 uninsured Nebraskans could gain access to Medicaid if voters approve a ballot measure to expand coverage. After six failed attempts for expansion under the federal health care law, advocates bypassed the lawmakers who rejected it and took the issue directly to voters.
Under a Medicaid expansion, the federal government would cover 93 percent of the cost next year and 90 percent in subsequent years, while the state would pay the rest — from $40 million to $69 million annually.
Supporters say expanding Medicaid would benefit people who work but don’t have health coverage. They also argue it would reduce the cost of uncompensated health care for the uninsured.
Opponents see the expansion as an unsustainable mandate that could divert money away from other needs.