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Healthcare rollout continues despite concerns

Posted: 11/11/13 08:43

Nebraska’s two U.S Senators continue with their concerns over the Federal Health Care law. Senator Fischer says she wants to hear from Nebraskans about how the federal health insurance law affects them. Fischer says the negative impact of the law has become evident. Fischer says the Department of Health and Human Services has indicated it might have that information by next week. Senator Johanns says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius needs to be more forthright with Congress. Johanns hasn't been impressed with Sebelius' testimony before Congressional committees, especially with her refusal to provide members of Congress the information they request. Johanns says his office has received a lot of complaints about the law from Nebraskans.

A new national report estimates 122,000 people in Nebraska are eligible for tax credits that would help cover the cost of health insurance on the new online marketplaces. It says an estimated 239,000 people in Nebraska are potential customers on the health care marketplaces, including those who don't qualify for Medicaid or for an employer-based health care plan. To receive subsidies, people must have incomes between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level - between $23,550 and $94,200 annually for a family of four. Nebraska is one of 36 states where the federal government is running the online health care exchange. That federal website has faced technical problems since the October 1st rollout.