Advocates Brace for Nebraska Health Care Briefing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Supporters and opponents of the federal health care law are squaring off in Nebraska in advance of a legislative briefing on the state's efforts to comply.

The executive director of Americans for Prosperity-Nebraska cheered Republican Gov. Dave Heineman Wednesday for his promise to fight any effort to expand Medicaid coverage. Meanwhile, Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson accused Heineman of stalling to delay implementation of the law.

The Legislature's Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday for an update on the state's progress in following the law's requirements. Committee members are not expected to consider any bills, but Lincoln Sen. Danielle Conrad sent a letter to the panel's two top lawmakers urging them to open the briefing for public testimony.

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