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Sen. Nordquist Launches Website to Petition for Health Care Expansion in Nebraska

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One of Nebraska's state senators has started an online petition asking for support for Medicaid expansion in Nebraska.

State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist Monday announced the launch of for Nebraskans interested in signing the petition.

"All Nebraskans, regardless of where they live or the industry in which they work, should be able to see a doctor when they are sick," said Nordquist.

Nordquist says the website is intended to engage the public while sending a message to elected officials who have blocked legislation that would expand Medicaid in Nebraska.

The expansion measure would help cover about 50,000 low-income adults who fall within a coverage gap for state aid or Affordable Care Act subsidies.

Nordquist, a Democrat, also called on Republican Gov. Dave Heineman to forfeit his state-funded health insurance until all Nebraskans can be covered.

Earlier this year, Nordquist introduced the Health Care Fairness Act, a bill that would prohibit elected state officials from getting taxpayer-subsidized coverage. LB 18 is still pending before the Legislature's Executive Committee.

Meanwhile, Speaker Greg Adams, of York, said Monday that Senator Kathy Campbell plans to introduce new legislation on the issue next session.

"From a procedural stand point, can she refabricate a piece of legislation that is more reflective of what a majority of the body would like to see if we're going to go there? If she can do that, I don't know how many votes are there," said Adams.

Senator Annette Dubas, of Fullerton, said she supports expansion.
"I just think it's too important for us not to do something in that regards. When I hear from my rural hospitals and what it means to them keeping their doors open, we just need to do something," she said.

Governor Heineman and several other senators have voiced their opposition to health coverage expansion, saying it would raise costs for the majority of Nebraskans.


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