On Nov. 13, the Omaha World Herald reported on the public hearing on the advisability of implementing expanded Medicaid with the Section 1115 Waiver experiment proposed by the Nebraska State Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

At that hearing, 24 out of 24 speakers opposed it.   You can oppose it, too.



Besides failing to follow 3 of the 5 pertinent sections of the Initiative 427, speakers pointed out that this waiver is completely optional. In addition, other states have done similar research experiments and conclusions have been reached:

  • These plans are more expensive to administer for the state,
  • Place reporting regulations and treatment limitations on health care providers,
  • Interfere with the doctor-patient relationship, and
  • Do not replace the need for a comprehensive workforce development program.

Failure to implement swiftly will impoverish the the state by the loss of $460 million in federal monies in this year alone.

It’s not too late! We can still stop this waiver proposal from being adopted.

DHHS is required to take public comments on this waiver. Make your comment here, or keep reading for more options.

Comments will be accepted by DHHS through Nov. 26.

Click here for Talking Points to use in comments:
Link to NE Appleseed’s talking points
Link to OTOC’s talking points

Click here for more background on the proposal from Nebraska Appleseed.

Click here for information about the impact of the Dental and Vision care proposals.

How to Submit Comments

You can submit written comments directly to the Dept. of Health & Human Services via:

Email: [email protected]

Mail: Department of Health and Human Services Nebraska Medicaid
ATTN: HHA Waiver 301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 95026 Lincoln, NE 68509-5026

There is a place online to submit comments. Make a comment online now, or visit us at our waiver comment station if you have any questions or would like assistance. Online comments are due Nov. 26


Waiver Comment Station:

Urban Abbey (1026 Jackson)
6-6:45 PM
Tuesday, Nov. 26