LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Nebraska lawmakers have set a hearing date for a proposal to expand
Medicaid coverage as part of the federal health care law.
The Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee will hear public testimony on the legislation on Feb. 28 at the Capitol.
bill was introduced in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that
struck down part of the federal health care law. The high court ruled
that the federal government can't withhold funding from states that
choose not expand Medicaid.
Supporters say the bill would extend
coverage to more than 54,000 uninsured Nebraskans. Gov. Dave Heineman
and some lawmakers have argued that the plan is unaffordable.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln and co-sponsored by 11 other lawmakers.