Heineman Says Nebraska Medicaid Bill 'Should Not Pass'
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov.
Dave Heineman says a proposal to expand Medicaid in Nebraska as part of
the federal health care law should not pass.
governor repeated his opposition during a news conference on Monday, one
day before lawmakers start first-round debate on the bill.
says a proposal to add a sunset date to the bill wouldn't help control
costs, because such sunsets are often removed later.
would extend Medicaid coverage to an estimated 54,000 residents. The
federal government would pay the program's full cost for the first three
years, and then its contribution would ratchet down to 90 percent.
says the expansion is unaffordable. He argues that it would eventually
pull state tax dollars away from other needs, such as education.