Lawmakers scheduled to begin debate on Medicaid expansion

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By News 5 Staff

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Updated: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:53:46 CST

Today promises to be one of the biggest days of this legislative session as lawmakers are scheduled to begin debate Medicaid Expansion, an issue that has the state divided.

Starting at 1:30 the state legislature will debate the Wellness in Nebraska Act, introduced by Lincoln Senator Kathy Campbell. It combines Medicaid, private insurance, wellness incentives, and cost sharing to cover Nebraskans with income up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.

Governor Heineman has said on numerous occasions that expansion is too expensive for Nebraska and, tax payers will suffer in the future.

33 votes are needed for the bill to pass in the legislature. Lawmakers are expecting a filibuster. The bill stalled last year in the legislature. Nebraska is one of 25 states that have not yet expanded.