Supporters unveil new plan to cover Medicaid gap population


Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lawmakers unveiled a new plan Tuesday to cover the so-called Medicaid gap population in Nebraska while opponents made clear that the proposal faces a steep uphill slog.

Supporters hailed the latest bill as a bipartisan, business-friendly approach to cover an estimated 77,000 childless, low-income adults. Three previous attempts to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law have failed because of conservative opposition.


Nebraska senators advance ban on celebratory flying lanterns

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill to outlaw small, flame-powered paper air balloons in Nebraska has sped through first round debate in the Legislature.

Lawmakers voted unanimously on Tuesday to advance the measure.

The bill’s advocates say the lanterns create dangerous fire hazards if they land in neighborhoods or dry fields. If the bill passes, violators would face a $100 fine. The lanterns are made of flame-retardant paper and lifted by hot air from open flames at their bases. They’re often


Conference will focus on ways to protect wildlife habitat

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - An annual state conference next month will focus on ways to preserve wildlife habitat in the state.

This year will be the 25th annual version of the Nebraska State Habitat Meeting that brings together landowners, hunters and wildlife professionals.

The event will feature presentations from Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The event will be held Feb. 13 at the Holiday Inn near Interstate 80 in Kearney. It costs $30 for members


New Nebraska Medicaid bill to offer ‘private option’

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ After three failed attempts to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law, Nebraska lawmakers will unveil a new proposal this week that would offer private coverage to low-income residents.

The bill is modeled after the so-called private option adopted by Arkansas, which received a federal waiver to spend Medicaid dollars on private insurance.

The plan by Sen. John McCollister of Omaha would cover an estimated


Nebraska bill would shield religious child welfare agencies

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska senator is seeking legal protections for faith-based welfare agencies that refuse to provide services to same-sex couples.

Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward introduced a bill Thursday that would prevent the state from slashing an agency’s funding or limiting its contracts if the agency cites a religious objection.

Last year, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services abandoned a policy barring gays and lesbians from becoming foster parents. Kolterman says


Nebraska senator proposes body camera records kept secret

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Police body-camera footage would be exempt from Nebraska’s public records law under a new bill in the Legislature.

Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha introduced legislation Friday that would require law enforcement agencies to save body-worn camera recordings for at least six months, unless they become part of a criminal investigation. Those recordings would join medical records and trade secrets as records which may be kept from public disclosure.

The measure would prohibit


Nebraska inmate copay bill faces resistance in Legislature


Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill that would allow Nebraska jails and prisons to charge a copayment for inmates faced resistance Friday in the Legislature even though most states already allow the practice.

Nebraska lawmakers debated the proposal but adjourned for the week without a vote.

The proposal would allow for copayments of up to $10 for every self-initiated, non-emergency visit to a health care provider. Exceptions would include treatment for mental


Nebraska senator proposes bill to ban selling fetal tissue

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Doctors and clinics could be banned from performing abortions if they are found selling human fetal tissue under a bill proposed by a Nebraska senator.

Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis introduced a bill Friday that would require monthly reports from abortion providers about how they disposed of each aborted fetus.

The measure would require the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules ensuring abortion-authorized facilities dispose of remains by burial, cremation, or


Nebraska senators reject bill defining poker as skill game

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Supporters of legalizing poker in Nebraska were dealt a bad hand Thursday when lawmakers defeated a bill that would have classified poker as a game of skill, rather than a constitutionally banned game of chance.

That classification would have allowed draw poker and community card games to be licensed and regulated, as well as permit churches and nonprofits to host poker tournaments at events where alcohol is served.

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