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Nebraska Nonprofit Urges Medicaid Recipients to Remember to Reapply

OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska) – A Nebraska nonprofit organization is sounding the alarm for Medicaid members.

The Nebraska Center for Healthy Families is concerned that people don’t know that Medicaid members must reapply this year to be eligible for benefits. There has been no need to reapply for benefits in the last few years.

During the COVID-19 state of emergency, Nebraska has automatically updated information for Medicaid members to ensure they are covered.

Now, starting March 1, the Nebraska Medicaid program will re-evaluate the coverage of all Medicaid members to see who else qualifies.

The Nebraska-based nonprofit warns that Medicare auto-renewal coverage will end next month for some.

“Starting March 1, people will have to renew their Medicaid coverage,” said Doris Lassiter of the Nebraska Center for Healthy Families. “This is a problem, so I’m worried that people who have moved or changed email addresses, may have had children, should report it to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Medicaid and call them.”

Lassiter says Medicaid members will get a notice asking them to upgrade, but she doesn’t want them to wait in the mail, she wants people to be more proactive and notify officials of any changes.

“And it could be a situation where someone has an extra child or maybe their income has changed or they have moved. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services needs to know about this. If they don’t get that confirmation, if they don’t get feedback, if they don’t get information from the Medicaid client, then they could lose coverage for a while.”

At One World Community Health Center, staff are already helping their clients through the Medicaid renewal process.

“Just yesterday we sent out about a hundred letters to those people who need to renew their Medicaid within the next two months, and we are also going to send a help message if they need our help to simply answer yes,” Teresa Chavez said. . with One World Community Health Center.

Chavez says they can still help if a client makes more money and no longer qualifies for Medicaid.

“Sometimes a person’s income can change and if they don’t qualify for Medicaid, Nebraska will put them in the marketplace where they can still get affordable health care.”

“During the COVID-19 emergency, all cases were kept open so it didn’t matter if they extended their Medicaid, unless they sent proof that it was necessary, it didn’t matter if they didn’t do anything about it, they remained open, but now that it ends on March 31, if they don’t update or send in the necessary verification, they will close the cases.”

Officials say it is important that all families are aware of the renewal process so that no family is left without health insurance.

You can get help with the Medicaid renewal process at One World Public Health Centers by calling 402-502-8888 or emailing [email protected].

If you have questions about the Medicaid renewal process in Nebraska, please contact the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Nebraska DHHS says Medicaid members can check their renewal date and update contact information by going online, emailing [email protected], or calling.

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