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Neb. Bill Seeks Medicaid Waiver To Expand Family Planning Services

Neb. Bill Seeks Medicaid Waiver To Expand Family Planning Services

January 12, 2015 — A Nebraska lawmaker on Thursday proposed a bill (LB 77) that aims to make family planning and preventive health screening more accessible to low-income women in the state, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

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The measure, proposed by state Sen. Jeremy Nordquist, would allow Nebraska women with family incomes of up to 185% of the federal poverty level to access Medicaid services for family planning and health screenings. In addition, Nordquist's measure would allot about $500,000 in fiscal year 2015-2016 and FY 2016-2017 for outreach, education and preventive services for medically underserved women.

To implement the proposal, the state must submit a plan to CMS for approval. If the plan were approved, the federal government would cover 90% of the cost, according to Nordquist, who said other states have saved millions of dollars through similar arrangements (Young, Lincoln Journal Star, 1/8).

Twenty-nine states have federal approval for similar Medicaid family planning programs, WOWT News reports. If implemented, the Nebraska measure would save an estimated $4.17 for every dollar invested.

"We can improve the health of families in Nebraska by offering preventive health care services and empowering people to make healthier choices for themselves and their families," Nordquist said (WOWT News, 1/8).