Nebraska to See $8 Million Cut to Federal Medicaid Funding
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska
is losing another $8 million in federal Medicaid funding, forcing
lawmakers to cut services or make up the difference with state dollars
before they approve a new budget.
State budget administrator Gerry
Oligmueller tells The Associated Press that the new reduction comes on
top of a $44 million decline in funding that state officials anticipated
Medicaid funding is distributed to states based on
their income and population growth, relative to other states. The cut
reflects Nebraska's strong economy.
Heath Mello, chairman of the state's budget-writing committee, says the
reduction came as a surprise. Mello says the committee will propose a
series of cuts to different programs within Medicaid, spreading them out
to reduce their impact. States are generally required to provide
services to Medicaid recipients.