Watch: Gov. Ricketts announces Medicaid program approved to offer benefits

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Neb. Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, May 1, 2020. Expanded testing for COVID-19 will start on Monday in Omaha and Grand Island. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU/AP) – Gov. Ricketts held a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon announcing that Heritage Health, a Medicaid program, has been approved to offer benefits to qualifying beneficiaries.

Low-income residents who qualify for expanded Medicaid coverage in Nebraska will have to work, volunteer or take classes or get job training if they want access to certain health-care services starting in 2022.

Gov. Ricketts said the federal government has approved Nebraska’s request to impose additional requirements on people who want coverage for vision or dental services or over-the-counter drugs.

Nebraska submitted a two-tiered proposal to the federal government, with a prime plan that includes those extra services a basic plan that doesn’t.

The basic plan offers coverage for physical and behavioral health care services and prescription drugs. Recipients will also have to meet with a health care provider for a wellness assessment in 2021.

The governor was joined by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) CEO Dannette R. Smith, and DHHS Deputy Director of policy and Regulations Nate Watson.

Watch a replay of the news conference below.

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