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Overview

Nebraska has been active in promoting price transparency. The legislature continued to introduce new legislation in the 2017-2018 legislative term aimed at price transparency. In 2018, the state enacted the Direct Primary Care Pilot Program Act. This bill includes the Right to Shop Act, which would empower patients to choose the best value care by requiring insurance carriers to provide patients with the tools to find the best value and provide cash from shared savings. The legislature also passed laws to promote telehealth in the state.   

In the past, Nebraska passed the 2014 Health Care Transparency Act, which created an advisory committee to investigate the creation of an all-payer claims database, and facilitate the reporting of health care and health quality data, provide for the facilitation of value-based, cost-effective purchasing of health care services by public and private purchasers and consumers, and includes provisions regarding claims and eligibility standards. In addition, Nebraska patients have the ability to petition hospitals for a written estimate of average charges for health care services, which promotes transparency and facilitates price shopping. One of Nebraska’s three insurance carriers, and the second largest cooperative non-profit under the ACA, is slated to be liquidated after financing dried up, which could be expected to lessen competition in the state. 

The State Database

The Source tracks state activities impacting healthcare price and competition in both legislation and litigation in a searchable database to help stakeholders at the state level understand their legal and regulatory environment as they make efforts to improve access, quality, and efficiency, and reduce costs in healthcare. We currently cover bills from the 2017-2018 legislative term and key statutes from each state. Search the database for specific bills, statutes or cases by using keyword, key issue category, and/or jurisdiction.

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Additional Resources

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

Nebraska’s most recent legislative session ran from 1/3/2018 – 4/13/2018. Bills from 2017 were carried over to 2018 for the 2017-2018 legislative term.

2018-2019 BUDGET

The Nebraska state budget operates on a biennium cycle, covering two fiscal years. Nebraska’s fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year. Nebraska passed its 2018-2019 Budget in the 2017 regular legislative session. To view Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services 2018-2019 Budget, visit pages 38-42.

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