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Feds approve Nebraska’s two-tiered Medicaid expansion setup

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- Low-income residents who qualify for expanded Medicaid coverage in Nebraska will have to work, volunteer or take classes or get job training if they want access to certain health-care services starting in 2022.

The expansion of the state's Medicaid program, called Heritage Health, was announced Tuesday afternoon by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Gov. Ricketts said the federal government has approved Nebraska's request to impose additional requirements on people who want coverage for vision or dental services or over-the-counter drugs.

Nebraska submitted a two-tiered proposal to the federal government, with a prime plan that includes those extra services a basic plan that doesn't. The basic plan offers coverage for physical and behavioral health care services and prescription drugs.

Recipients will also have to meet with a health care provider for a wellness assessment in 2021. If you're 19 to 20, medically frail or pregnant, you're already receiving dental, vision, and over-the-counter drugs from Medicaid.

"But for everyone else who is on that Heritage Health Adults, you will be able to qualify for that by taking care of your wellness, for example by going to see your healthcare provider once a year and getting that screening, taking personal responsibility as Nate said going to your appointments, not skipping them unnecessarily," said Ricketts.

The basic Medicaid plan for the state went into effect this month.

You can watch Ricketts full Tuesday news conference here.

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