Nebraska climbed three spots and is ranked as the 15th healthiest state in the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Nebraska, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Nebraska Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool
(402) 343-3574 or toll-free 1-877-348-4304 (M-F 8am-4:30pm)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Nebraska started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Nebraska's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Nebraska health insurance consumer alerts — Published by the Nebraska Department of Insurance.
Nebraska health insurance rate reviews — The Department of Insurance’s page for explaining health insurance rate increases.
Nebraska Kids Connection — Health care coverage for qualified children developed by the State of Nebraska. It includes both the Children‚Äôs Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Nebraska Medical Assistance Program (also known as Medicaid).
Nebraska Medicaid Program — DHHS administers the Medicaid Program which provides health care services to eligible elderly and disabled individuals and eligible low-income pregnant women, children and parents.
Nebraska Health Care Alliance — A non-profit group of businesses, health providers, associations, insurance carriers, and individuals from across Nebraska who believe in the establishment of a state-based Health Insurance Exchange.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Nebraska.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Nebraska -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Nebraska.
Why health care reform is important to Nebraska -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Nebraska.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Nebraska -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Nebraska.
Nebraska mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Nebraska -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
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Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $215 per family in 2012.
11/16/2012 6:11 PM
World-Herald News Service — Gov. Dave Heineman says the federal government can operate a health insurance exchange in Nebraska. Heineman says a state-run exchange would cost the state $470 million more than a federal exchange over eight years.
10/22/2012 2:10 PM
North Platte Bulletin — At a briefing on Oct. 22, Nebraska Insurance Director Bruce Ramge told the Legislature’s Banking, Commerce and Insurance he did not have enough information to offer a recommendation as to what type of exchange would be best for Nebraska. Options are a state-run exchange, a state-federal partnership, or an exchange run by the federal government.
10/20/2012 2:10 PM
World-Herald Bureau — Heineman recently selected a high-deductible plan as the model for Nebraska’s essential health benefits. Now, he’s requested that HHS fund the health savings accounts (HSA) that are typically established in conjunction with this type of health insurance plan.
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