Nebraska voters accepted Medicaid enlargement in 2018. Foot-dragging Governor Pete Ricketts lastly carried out the voters’ will in October 2020.
Two years in, Medicaid enlargement seems to be working out pretty well for Nebraska:
For the reason that enlargement started:
- The variety of Nebraskans with out medical health insurance has dropped 14.5%.
- Nebraska hospitals noticed a $20 million discount within the quantity of charity or unpaid care they needed to write off.
- Chapter filings within the state fell by 23.5% [Martha Stoddard and Henry J. Cordes, “Expanded Medicaid Leaves Fewer Nebraskans Without Health Coverage,” Omaha World-Herald via KPVI-TV, 2022.09.26].
24 states nonetheless have decrease charges of uninsured residents than Nebraska; all but one of them has expanded Medicaid. South Dakota ranks thirty sixth within the price of uninsured residents. Nationwide, solely 6.6% of residents of Medicaid-expansion states lack medical health insurance; in non-expansion states, the uninsured price is 12.7%.
Nebraska underscores the nationwide proof: we are able to handle our neighbors by increasing Medicaid.