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Debate Continues Over Nebraska Medicaid Expansion

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers began a second day of debate on a proposal to expand Medicaid to more low-income adults.

Lawmakers continued to tweak the measure on Wednesday, in an attempt to reassure senators who are worried about the cost of Medicaid expansion.

The Legislature is considering an amendment that would require Nebraska lawmakers to approve, amend or repeal Medicaid expansion in December 2016. The federal government plans to pay 100 percent of the cost for newly insured Medicaid recipients from 2014 to 2016. After that, the federal government will reduce funding to 90 percent by 2020.

Lawmakers passed an amendment Tuesday that would require them to reconsider Medicaid expansion if the federal government drops funding below 90 percent.

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