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Federal Government Announces Delay of Health Insurance Applications to Medicaid

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Location: Lincoln, NE

Vivianne Chaumont, Director of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Medicaid, was notified by the federal government that Nebraskans assessed as potentially Medicaid eligible when applying for health insurance through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace on Oct. 1, will experience about a one-month delay in transferring their application to Nebraska Medicaid.

"This is further evidence that Obamacare is not ready for implementation," said Gov. Heineman. "Obamacare is a deeply flawed law and its legacy is going to be missed deadlines, increased insurance premiums and higher health care costs."

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has informed Nebraska Medicaid that the federal government is unable to provide account transfer service between Nebraska Medicaid and the Federally Facilitated Marketplace on Oct. 1.

Oct. 1 is the date that the Federally Facilitated Marketplace, previously referred to as the Health Insurance Exchange, opens for applications by individuals to purchase insurance and apply for tax subsidies. Instead of transferring applications of potentially eligible individuals to Nebraska Medicaid, the federal government will hold applications until the account transfer function is ready. The federal government estimates it will be a one-month delay.

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