Effects of Medicaid expansion on county currently uncertain

    While half its residents are on Medicaid, the statewide vote to expand Medicaid services could be a decidedly mixed bag for nursing-home residents in Chase County.
    “I don’t know that it’s going to change anything here,” said Heather Adams, Social Services Director at the Imperial Manor/Parkview Heights.
    Adams assists manor residents  with applying for Medicaid.
    “It’s kind of too early in the process to tell if things will change. We may get more people that will become eligible, but it shouldn’t affect those who are already eligible,” Adams said.
    Wauneta Care and Therapy Center Administrator Lisa Kisinger agreed.
    “We really don’t know if it’s going to do anything, hinder or help us,” she said. “We just don’t know.”
    A measure on Nebraska’s Nov. 6 midterm election ballot garnered a 53 percent yes vote. It expands Medicaid coverage to require the state to provide Medicaid to those under the age of 65 and with incomes equal to or below 138 percent of the federal poverty line.

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