LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Community groups are hustling to meet an Oct. 1 deadline to launch a new
health insurance marketplace in Nebraska, a key piece of the federal
health care law designed to steer users toward a coverage plan.
state officials have maintained a hands-off approach to the
marketplace, which requires hiring and training a small army of experts
to guide newcomers through the process. Gov. Dave Heineman rejected a
state-run option in November, saying it was too expensive, so the
federal government took charge of setting it up.
of Nebraska is still hiring its insurance "navigators," and some of the
group's current employees have yet to finish the 20-hour online training
course to meet the program's requirements. Executive director Roger
Furrer says he's confident his group will be ready.