Insuring the Good Life: Putting Medicaid Expansion on the Ballot. Join Us at Dine & Discuss August 27

Join us at our next Dine & Discuss event, happening from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, August 27 at Valentino’s at 108th & L streets.

We’ll be discussing the effort to allow voters to expand Medicaid access with James A. Goddard, Director, Economic Justice & Health Care Access Programs with Nebraska Appleseed.

If you’d like to eat, the buffet is $14.14. The presentation will begin at 5:30. RSVPs not required, but you can send questions to web@omahalwv.org or RSVP on Facebook.

Please be aware that the League of Women Voters never supports or opposes political parties or candidates. Advocacy on behalf of parties or candidates is not allowed at our meetings as we discuss the issues. That said, LWVGO does support the Insure the Good Life ballot initiative and the expansion of Medicaid as part of the national League of Women Voters’ position on supporting the Affordable Care Act.

Insure the Good Life: Sign the Medicaid Expansion Ballot Initiative Petition This Week 

Insure the Good Life volunteers will be collecting signatures to put the issue of Medicaid expansion on the ballot for Nebraskans. Find out more about their events and locations via this map of events. Volunteers will be at Fourth of July celebrations in Omaha, Ralston, Tekamah and Murray.

 

Learn More About the Effort to Insure the Good Life in Nebraska: Go Vote Omaha Talks Medicaid Expansion

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, Geri Simon talks to Molly McCleery, Deputy Director and Staff Attorney for Health Care at Nebraska Appleseed. Appleseed, alongside many other groups, is working to get Medicaid expansion onto the November general-election ballot, empowering voters to expand access to healthcare in our state. The campaign needs to collect roughly 85,000 total signatures by July 5. The Nebraska Secretary of State must certify the signatures before the measure is placed on the ballot in November 2018.

Making Medicaid available to people earning less than $17,000 a year would bring health coverage to more than 90,000 struggling Nebraskans. You can find out more, including how to get involved, from Insure the Good Life.

In Omaha, you can sign the sign the petition during drop-in sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the following locations.

Omaha Petition Coffee Hours
Weekly through end of June
Mondays 7-9 a.m. @ Muglife Coffee (2452 Harney St)
Wednesdays 10 a.m.-Noon @ Muglife Coffee
Fridays 10 a.m.-Noon @ Urban Abbey (1026 Jackson St)

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or CenturyLink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube.

Insure the Good Life: Find Out More About Medicaid Expansion in Nebraska

A coalition of local and statewide nonprofits and advocacy groups are working to expand access to Medicaid in Nebraska by petitioning to put the issue on the November general-election ballot.

Medicaid is a program jointly funded by the state and federal government. The expansion of the program would allow Nebraska to accept federal funds to help provide health care for the Nebraskans currently in the “coverage gap.” The “gap” refers to Nebraskans who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford insurance on the state health care exchange (and don’t get private insurance through their work).

The majority of Medicaid recipients are working or are children; the program exists to cover low-income children and some of their parents; low-income pregnant woman; certain low-income seniors; and some individuals with disabilities who are under the age of 65.

Expanding Medicaid in Nebraska would support jobs and save the state money by expanding access to preventative health care.

For these reasons and more, the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha supports the Insure the Good Life ballot initiative and the expansion of Medicaid in Nebraska.

Find out more about the efforts to expand Medicaid below.

About Insure The Good Life

Expanding Medicaid in Nebraska would let 90,000 of our hard-working friends and neighbors finally get the health care they need. The Insure The Good Life campaign seeks to do this by putting Medicaid expansion on the ballot for the November 2018 election.

The campaign needs to collect roughly 85,000 total signatures by July 5. The Nebraska Secretary of State must certify the signatures before the measure is placed on the ballot in November.

Organizations endorsing Insure The Good Life

Organizations supporting the effort include: AARP Nebraska, ACLU of Nebraska, Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska, Center for Rural Affairs, Central Nebraska Peace Workers, Children and Family Coalition of Nebraska, Community Action of Nebraska, Inc., Friends of Public Health, Health Center Association of Nebraska (HCAN), Heartland Workers Center, League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha (LWVGO), Multicultural Coalition of Grand Island, National Council of Jewish Women – Nebraska, Nebraska AIDS Project, Nebraska Appleseed, Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations, Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors, Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA), Omaha Together One Community (OTOC), PFLAG Grand Island, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Voices for Children in Nebraska.

Get involved!

It will take the grassroots efforts of Nebraskans from all over the state to make this a success, and there are many ways you can help out.

We need help from volunteers to collect signatures at public events and among friends and family. Sign up to volunteer in Omaha at this link.

Omaha petition drop-in hours

Weekly through end of June, you can come to the following locations to sign the petition or ask questions about the issue.

Mondays 7-9 a.m. @ Muglife Coffee (2452 Harney St)

Wednesdays 10 a.m.-Noon @ Muglife Coffee

Fridays 10 a.m.-Noon @ Urban Abbey (1026 Jackson St)

To learn more about Medicaid expansion and the Insure The Good Life, visit insurethegoodlife.com!

Act Now to Save Title X Funding

Two attempts to advance the NE legislature’s budget bill have stalled because there is language in the bill that would jeopardize federal Title X funding for valuable health centers across the state.  Please call your Senator today to ask her/him to NOT allow the budget to come for a vote until TITLE X FUNDING is taken out of the bill.

Some talking points provided by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland:

*Nebraskans use Title X to receive crucial family planning care and education. Title X is a federal grant that helps Nebraskans access affordable birth control information, annual exams, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, HPV testing and vaccinations, health services for survivors of sexual assault, and more.

*At least 8,000 Planned Parenthood patients would lose access to care. Planned Parenthood currently serves over 8,000 patients in Omaha and Lincoln under Title X. Other area providers would not be able to absorb these thousands of patients.

*Abortion referral language implicates all Title X providers. The Governor’s budget includes ambiguous language that threatens all Title X health centers, even those which do not provide abortion – potentially jeopardizing access to family planning care for 28,000+ people across the state.

Please call your Senator now!

Thousands of patients are counting on them to resist the Governor’s anti-health agenda.

– Kathie Uhrmacher, President, Lincoln Women’s Foundation

Children’s Health Care in Nebraska

In this episode of Go Vote Omaha, Geri Simon and Aubrey Mancuso talk about challenges to children’s healthcare. The Affordable Health Care Act passed by the House of Representatives, and Governor Ricketts’ Medicaid spending reductions both would significantly decrease the resources available for children’s health. Aubrey is the executive director of Voices for Children in Nebraska.

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or Centurylink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube.