Expanded Medicaid in Nebraska

Access to quality, affordable, and equitable health care can be life-changing. After nearly a decade of waiting, more than 90,000 Nebraskans are now eligible to apply for Medicaid expansion through the state of Nebraska through a program called Heritage Health Adult. Find DHHS fact sheets, flyers, rack cards, and more on expanded Medicaid at dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Medicaid-Expansion.aspx.

Expanded Medicaid coverage began on Thursday, October 1, 2020.


Application and getting help

Applications for expanded Medicaid are available through ACCESSNebraska. Visit accessnebraska.ne.gov or call (855) 632-7633 to apply.

Help is available! Enroll Nebraska’s network of enrollment assisters is available to help with application and eligibility questions. Find free, local assistance on our assister map here or by calling 2-1-1.


Medicaid is expanding to cover Nebraskans who previously did not qualify. 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) may be eligible. People in this new category of Medicaid, known as Heritage Health Adult, will receive one of two different benefit packages: “Basic” or “Prime.”

Prime coverage includes vision and dental services and over-the-counter medicine, while Basic does not. People who are pregnant, those who are 19-20 years old, and those who are considered “medically frail” (having certain chronic health conditions) will receive Prime coverage. Everyone else will receive Basic coverage.


Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is moving forward with a plan for Medicaid expansion that includes wellness and work requirements. These requirements would likely go into effect later in 2020 or in 2021. More information is available in our factsheet.

Coverage began on Thursday, October 1, 2020.



Enroll Nebraska has created resources to help get the word out about Medicaid Expansion in Nebraska! Find social media templates, flyers, postcards, and more at the link below.



Stories are the most powerful form of advocacy, and we would love to hear your story. We want to know why Medicaid expansion is important to you. How will it make a difference for you or your loved ones? How has this pandemic increased the need for Medicaid expansion?