NEBRASKA: HHS Approves Second Phase Of Kiddiecare Plan
Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala yesterday announced approval for the second phase of Nebraska's Children's Health Insurance Program, which will expand coverage to 16,000 children by October 2000. Phase two of the state's "Kids Connection" plan will expand Medicaid eligibility to children under age 19 in families with incomes up to 185% of the federal poverty level. The benefit package will mirror benefits provided under the standard Medicaid program, and families will not be required to share program costs. The second phase of "Kids Connection" builds on the state's prior move to expand Medicaid eligibility to children ages 15-18 whose families earn up to 100% of the poverty level (HHS release, 10/13).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.