Medicaid expansion backers fear measure could be sabotaged


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Now that voters have approved a proposal to expand Medicaid in Nebraska, groups that fought for the measure are gearing up to put the new law into effect and keeping watch for attempts to sabotage it.

Nebraska lawmakers still need to approve funding for the expansion, and Gov. Pete Ricketts' administration has to submit a request to the federal government to amend the state's current Medicaid plan so an additional 90,000 low-income citizens can qualify.

Opponents in the Legislature acknowledge it's highly unlikely they'll get the 33 votes needed to amend the voter-approved law but promise a contentious debate over how to pay for it.

Expansion supporters said they're wary given the experience in Maine, where a 2017 statewide vote for Medicaid expansion was met by numerous delays.

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