Nebraska’s Health Benefit Exchange Decision
Nebraska, famous for former Senator Ben Nelson’s vote for the Affordable Care Act also known as the Cornhusker Kick-Back, has chosen to utilize the Federal Government for it’s Insurance Exchange. All aspects of the Affordable Care Act will be handled by the Federal Government, releasing Nebraska from any operational function for the fulfillment of the Act. The decision came down from Governor Dave Heineman in November, 2012, saying that he was not interested in running the exchange or partnering with the Federal Government.
After careful consideration, the State of Nebraska determined that it would cost $646 million over the first 7 years operate the Health Benefit Exchange on it’s own. This compared to the Federal Governments cost of $176 million for the first 7 years of the ACA.
The State of Nebraska’s Department of Insurance is overseeing informational aspects of the Affordable Care Act and can be seen here.