Report Shows Over 32K Expected to be Impacted by Insurance "Coverage Gap"
According to a report released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, over 32,000 Nebraskans will be impacted by the health insurance "coverage gap" resulting from the state's decision to not expand Medicaid.
The report says more than 5 million poor, uninsured adults will fall into the gap between being eligible for Medicaid under the current program and qualifying for tax credits under the Affordable Care Act.
Nebraska has 32,500 residents who fall into that category, but critics argue that the state's uninsured rate is lower than the nation's and that the Medicaid expansion is unaffordable.
About half of the nation's 5 million who fall into the gap live in Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio.