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Lawmakers to Discuss Impacts of Health Care Law

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Nebraska lawmakers have scheduled a joint hearing to review an interim study that examines how the federal health care law will affect the state budget.

The Health and Human Services Committee and the Appropriations Committee will meet Tuesday afternoon to examine the impact the health care law might have on the budget in upcoming years.

Areas covered in the study may include: a review of the current state health safety net program which would no longer be needed under the new health care law; an evaluation of federal grants and other possible funding opportunities for the state; an examination of the impact of medicaid eligibility expansion and changes to the state's children's heath insurance program; a review of costs for the health insurance exchange; and a look into the impact to state employee health insurance.

The National Conference of State Legislatures will brief lawmakers in the morning before the hearing about the new health care law and Medicaid changes, as will the director of the state's Medicaid Division.


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