Payer Roundup—Nebraska proposes 18-month delay in Medicaid expansion

Lincoln, Nebraska (Pixabay / sspiehs3)
Nebraska proposed new waiting period for Medicaid enrollees. (Pixabay/sspiehs3)

Nebraska proposes 18-month delay in Medicaid expansion

Officials with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced a new Medicaid expansion plan that will require residents to wait 18 months and possibly get a job before receiving coverage.

The new system is set to roll out Oct. 1, 2020, and has already faced criticism from supporters of the federal healthcare law, who are calling the changes unacceptable.

The proposal would create two tiers of coverage: a basic plan for newly qualified recipients and a premium plan that can be acquired by people who are working, in school, volunteering or caring for a relative. Plus, the premium plan would cover dental and vision appointments as well as most over-the-counter medication. (Associated Press)

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AmeriHealth Caritas opens wellness center in Delaware

AmeriHealth Caritas opened a new community wellness center in Delaware.

The facility provides residents with access to health and wellness educational resources, and members are able to obtain information about health benefits, care management services and can get assistance with scheduling medical appointments and transportation. 

“This new community wellness center embodies our commitment to nurturing healthy citizens and healthier communities,” said AmeriHealth Caritas Chairman and CEO Paul Tufano. “We want Delawareans to have access to the support and services they need to achieve their goals for wellness, and in a welcoming environment with people who understand the challenges they face in leading healthier lives.” (Delaware Business Now)

Americans borrowed $88B to pay for healthcare in 2018

According to a survey released by Gallup and West Health, Americans borrowed about $88 billion to pay for healthcare in the past year. Plus, one in four people admitted to skipping treatment because of the cost. And still almost 50% of all those surveyed said they fear bankruptcy in the event of a health emergency. 

And while some health questions received answers divided down political lines, Democrats and Republicans were almost equal in deferring treatment because of cost—27% versus 21%, respectively. 

In addition, 70% of respondents said they have no confidence in their elected officials to bring down healthcare costs, and another 77% are concerned rising healthcare costs are going to ruin the economy. (The New York Times)

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