IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED Nebraska Legislature Debate on LB 887

This Tuesday, March 18, 2014, the Nebraska Legislature will begin debate on LB 887, the Wellness in Nebraska Act. Here are some facts you should know about LB 887:

  • 54,000 uninsured Nebraskans will get health care coverage
  • Most of these individuals are employed in one or more low paying jobs that are not required to offer health care coverage
  • Medicaid will be expanded to cover some individuals while others will receive assistance to purchase private insurance through the insurance exchange
  • Includes innovative measures to promote personal responsibly and wellness programs
  • Estimated to save the lives of 500 Nebraskans annually
  • Will increase access to early cancer screening - uninsured individuals are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage cancer and are twice as likely to die within 5 years than those with insurance
  • Increased funding for, and access to, mental and behavioral health services which have been drastically reduced in recent years
  • 100% funded by federal dollars until 2016, then gradually goes to 90% by 2020
  • 2 billion dollars will be returned to Nebraska from the federal government to fund this program that will otherwise be given to other states
  • Thousands of good paying medical jobs will be created throughout Nebraska

Make your voices be heard. Contact your state senators TODAY! Tell them to save lives by voting YES on LB 887.

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For more information on the bill, go to wellnessinnebraska.com

Debate on the bill is scheduled to begin on Tuesday at 1:30 PM. You can watch it live at Nebraska Legislature on NET.

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