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Nebraskans can apply for expanded Medicaid coverage Saturday

Nebraskans can apply for expanded Medicaid coverage Saturday

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An estimated 90,000 low-income working Nebraskans who will become eligible for Medicaid coverage Oct. 1 may begin applying for coverage Saturday.

Typical newly eligible recipients would include restaurant employees and retail clerks and a range of people often described as the working poor. 

Nebraskans who are eligible are age 19-64 and earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level, or about $17,000 a year for a single person or $36,000 for a family of four.

Some recipients may also qualify for dental, vision and over-the-counter drug coverage, but those benefits require some wellness and personal responsibility activities and await approval of the state's plan by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Nebraskans may apply for expanded Medicaid coverage at ACCESSNebraska.NE.gov.

Nebraska voters approved Medicaid expansion in the November general election in 2018, but coverage has been delayed almost two years while the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services built a new program.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

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