By Martha Stoddard
LINCOLN — Expanding Medicaid to cover all low-income Nebraskans could produce savings — not just costs — for the state, according to a national expert.
Joy Johnson Wilson, health policy director for the National Conference of State Legislatures, said Tuesday that states should take a closer look at the potential impact of the expansion that was authorized by the federal health care overhaul law.
Early studies of the impact looked primarily at the cost of adding people to state Medicaid rolls, Wilson said.
That was true in Nebraska, where a consultant brought in by the Department of Health and Human Services concluded that the expansion would cost the state more than $526 million from 2011 through 2020. Gov. Dave Heineman has cited that study in opposing the Medicaid expansion.