On March 1, 2023 Nebraska Medicaid will begin the “unwind” of the continuous coverage requirement and will return to normal operations. Members may be required to provide information as part of the return to normal. Nebraska Medicaid will be spreading this work out over the following year, March 2023 to April 2024.
Nebraska Medicaid will begin by trying to automatically renew a member’s coverage. If it is known a member has not moved and has not had a change in income, Nebraska Medicaid can automatically renew. If an automatic renewal cannot be completed, Nebraska Medicaid will mail a printed renewal form to the member. Follow the steps to fill out and return your renewal form by the due date mentioned on the letter.
If you are no longer eligible for Medicaid, you will be sent a notice from Nebraska Medicaid. You may be able to qualify for a plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Expanded Medicaid in Nebraska
When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare” was passed in 2010, Medicaid Expansion was built in to provide health insurance for adults who weren’t paid enough to qualify for subsidies on the Health Insurance Marketplace. States were given the option to expand and Nebraska voters chose to expand Medicaid to over 94,000 eligible individuals in 2018.
Heritage Health Adult is Nebraska’s name for its expanded Medicaid program. They are the same thing. Learn more about the program on Enroll Nebraska’s expanded Medicaid page.
Medicaid is expanding to cover Nebraskans who previously did not qualify for coverage through the Heritage Health Adult program. Those being paid up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (or up to $1467 per month for an individual and $2498 for a family of 3 in 2021) may be eligible.
Expanded Medicaid in Nebraska, called Heritage Health Adult, is finally available for Nebraskans through the ACCESSNebraska system. Coverage began on October 1, 2020.
Enrollment assistance from local Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CACs) can be found on Enroll Nebraska’s Enrollment Assister Map. These professionals provide free assistance with enrollment questions or the application process.
The Health Insurance Marketplace
Yes! The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare,” is still helping families and individuals find and pay for health insurance in the United States. Although congress had many chances to repeal the law, they ultimately chose to continue the program.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare,” is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.
This video put together by the Kaiser Family Foundation gives a good, concise explanation of what the Affordable Care Act does.
Similar to other health insurance plans, there is an Open Enrollment Period each year where individuals and families can review their options and select or switch plans. Here is the upcoming open enrollment period:
2021 benefit year: November 1 – December 15, 2020
If you’ve gone through a major life change, you can also sign up for coverage outside of these dates. Here is a list of Special Enrollment circumstances that could be qualifying events.
And, if you are in one of the categories below, you can enroll at any time:
- Eligible for Medicaid or have a child who is eligible for CHIP
- A Native American or Alaska Native
Absolutely. People in Nebraska can go to the Health Insurance Marketplace at Healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to look at plans, sign up for health coverage, or update their existing coverage.
We recommend visiting Healthcare.gov to see your options. It’s easy to use and can help with making most decisions. Call the Marketplace Call Center for more information at 1-800-318-2596.
Enrollment assistance from local Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CACs) can be found on Enroll Nebraska’s Enrollment Assister Map. These professionals provide free assistance with enrollment questions or the application process. The Health Insurance Marketplace call center also offers assistance over the phone at 1-800-318-2596.
Find important dates, health fairs, and events near you on our Events page.
Download this checklist of what you need to bring to your appointment with an enrollment assister.
The most recent data suggests we’re doing about average. Take a look at our Uninsured in Nebraska page to learn more.