The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services will begin accepting applications for Medicaid Expansion on Aug. 1.

Benefits will begin on Oct. 1, Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday.

The initial program — Heritage Health Adult — expands Medicaid to lower income Nebraskans ages 19-64 who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level.  For 2020, that is an income of about $17,000 per year for a single adult and $36,000 for a household of four.

Medicaid expansion enrollees will receive benefits that include physical health, behavioral health, and pharmacy coverage in a comprehensive, coordinated program.

Benefits are provided through managed care health organizations, also known as Heritage Health Plans. Applicants meeting certain conditions will also qualify for dental, vision, and over-the-counter medication coverage.

DHHS CEO Dannette R. Smith and Jeremy Brunssen, Interim Director of the DHHS Division of Medicaid and Long-term Care, joined Ricketts at the morning press conference to discuss  details of Medicaid enrollment and coverage.

Eligible Nebraskans can apply for Medicaid in the following ways:

  • Online at ACCESSNebraska.ne.gov.
  • Over the phone by calling ACCESS Nebraska at:
    • Omaha: (402) 595-1178
    • Lincoln: (402) 473-7000
    • Toll Free: (855) 632-7633
    • TDD: (402) 471-7256
  • By paper (applications can be downloaded from ACCESSNebraska.ne.gov):
  • In person at any DHHS office.

More information regarding Medicaid expansion is available on the DHHS website at dhhs.ne.gov/MedicaidExpansion.