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Medicaid expansion debates heat up in Nebraska Legislature

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Nebraska lawmakers are getting into heated debates on expanding Medicaid to low income Nebraskans.
 
State senators are working on a bill that would create the Wellness in Nebraska Act. It would help cover 54,000 Nebraskans through Medicaid and subsidized private health insurance.

The program would cost $62 million over the next six years.

Senator al Davis says failure to pass this bill would hurt rural hospitals, force residents to postpone treatment, and deprive Nebraska of billions in tax dollars paid to the federal government.
 
"Colleagues, this is really not that hard. You need to step aside from the political ideas we have and say this is really good for Nebraska," says Senator Davis. "That's what this is about and that's what we're sent here to do. We're sent here to do the right thing for Nebraska whether it's hard politically or not."
 
Opponents of this bill say this would take away money from other priorities the state has.

The bill continues to be debated in the Unicameral.

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