Nebraska Medicaid expansion plan draws lawmaker scrutiny

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska's plan to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law is drawing scrutiny from lawmakers who are concerned about what services it will offer.

Members of a joint legislative committee questioned state agency officials Thursday who are working to put the plan in place after voters approved it in November.

The proposal creates a basic plan for all newly qualified recipients and a premium plan that's only available to people who are working, in school, volunteering or caring for a relative. The premium plan would cover dental and vision appointments and over-the-counter drugs.

Officials with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services say they haven't decided which benefits to provide in the package. Some are mandatory but others such as physical therapy and hospice care are considered optional.

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