General information on medicaid coverage
Nebraska Medicaid is making improvements to Medicaid coverage for postpartum mothers. Effective January 1, 2024, Nebraska Medicaid will expand postpartum coverage for Mothers from 60 days to 12 months. This change comes after LB 227 was signed into law requiring Nebraska Medicaid to extend postpartum coverage from 60 days to a minimum of 6 months. Medicaid covers approximately thirty-five percent of all births in Nebraska and is vital to safeguarding the well-being of our mothers and their children. This change will ensure that nearly 5,000 mothers across our state will maintain access to a comprehensive range of behavioral and physical health services, as well as additional support. Without this change, these services might be out of reach when it is most crucial for the mother and baby.
Nebraska Medicaid is making many improvements to Medicaid coverage for newly eligible children. Effective January 1, 2024, Nebraska Medicaid will expand continuous eligibility for newly eligible children from 6 to 12 months. Regardless of most changes to the child’s circumstance, they will remain eligible for Medicaid for 12 months after they are first enrolled. If they still qualify after that period, children will remain continuously eligible 12 months after their annual renewal. More than half of Nebraskans enrolled in Medicaid are children. This change will ensure that children have access to the healthcare they need for a full year after being found eligible for Medicaid.