Part Of Neb Medicaid Expansion Likely Delayed 6 Months

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Governor Pete Ricketts says federal attention to the coronavirus means that part of Nebraska’s Medicaid expansion may be delayed by six months.

Ricketts told his daily coronavirus briefing Friday that the federal government won’t be able to approve the state’s Medicaid by the scheduled Oct. 1 startup date, so a partial startup is planned.

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The prime package includes vision, dental, and over-the-counter medication coverage.

Ricketts was joined at the briefing by Corrections Director Scott Frakes, who said his agency has taken aggressive, early steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus inside the state’s prisons – and that efforts appear to be working so far.

A single staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Friday afternoon, and no other cases have shown up among the department’s 2,100 employees and 5,500 inmates

Frakes said corrections has done an “exceptional job” of keeping inmates and staff members healthy, even though growing safety concerns are being raised by prisoner advocates.

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