Nebraska Praised in Health Report

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nebraska has been praised in a national health report as a leader in providing local public health care. But the same report said the state's Medicaid system has left behind some children.

The report, which appears in the February issue of "Governing" magazine, is part of a six-year study funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts evaluating state government policies and management.

According to the report, over the past three years the state has created a total of 14 new local health experiments and restructured from two others.

However, the report also noted Nebraska has cut back the length of continuous Medicaid coverage for children from 12 months to six months.

Nebraska's chief medical officer, Doctor Richard Raymond, said the report's description of recent Medicaid changes in Nebraska does not appear to be accurate.

Raymond said Nebraska is not categorically removing people from Medicaid after six months. He said the state only switched from evaluating Medicaid cases for eligibility every 12 months to every six months.

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