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During each Legislative Session, the Department of Health and Human Services reviews all legislation that might impact DHHS programs and services, and provides testimony and letters on select bills during the Legislature’s public hearing process.  Legislative bills and bill status can be found on the Nebraska Legislature’s website.

Reports submitted to the Nebraska Legislature as required by state statutes are available here.

DHHS Legislative Package for 2016
 
The Department’s 2016 legislative package includes eight bills that provide DHHS the opportunity to reduce regulatory complexity, create a more effective state government, and improve supports for Nebraska’s most vulnerable citizens.

“These bills reflect the work at DHHS to improve transparency, compliance and reduce regulatory overlap and complexity between federal and state laws and regulations,” said DHHS CEO Courtney Phillips.  “The Department is grateful to the bill sponsors for working with us on these initiatives, and also our stakeholders for their diligent and constructive feedback throughout the drafting process.  When passed, these bills will make a positive impact on furthering our mission of helping Nebraskans live better lives.”

There are no new spending requirements associated with the implementation of any of these bills.  The bills are listed below in order of introduction, for consideration by the 104th Legislature, 2nd Session.  A more detailed description is also available.
 
LB 816 by Senator Scheer, will align Nebraska law with the federal Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA), which provides the mechanism for patient privacy but also allows for certain sharing of information. Under Nebraska law, DHHS has had difficulty providing information to other institutions that involve patients at DHHS facilities. Having the ability to share this information is crucial to providing timely and quality treatment.  The bill also terminates duplicative reporting requirements related to the Nebraska Family Helpline. 
 
LB 859 by Senator Campbell, will provide protection from federal antitrust lawsuits for DHHS and for members of licensing boards in performing their responsibilities while also retaining the ability for licensing boards to address unlicensed practice. This change will allow boards to make recommendations to DHHS in order for a Cease and Desist letter to be generated, and remove the direct authority for the board to issue such a letter as is allowed by the current statute.  The U.S. Supreme Court decision North Carolina State Bd. Of Dental Examiners v FTC, February 2015, necessistated this legislative change.
 
LB 869 by Senator Crawford, requires that specified high-risk Nebraska Medicaid providers and persons with 5 percent or more ownership with that provider submit fingerprints for nationwide criminal background checks. Completing a background check is required to comply with federal regulations and for Nebraska Medicaid to continue receiving federal financial participation for Medicaid. The provider is responsible for the fees associated with fingerprinting.
 
LB 899 by Senator Baker, will update the definition of “lead free” in the Nebraska Safe Drinking Water Act to conform to the federal definition.  The federal definition was amended in 2011 and became effective in 2014. Nebraska is required to have laws as stringent as the federal laws and regulations. Public water systems have been following the federal law since 2014, however Nebraska needs this change to enforce the drinking water program in the state.  
 
LB 924 by Senator Kolterman, would allow a non-custodial parent who is not in arrears in his/her child support payments the option to make child support payments outside the income withholding process.  This may expedite payments when a non-custodial parent’s employer is slow remitting payments or if the parent changes jobs frequently.
 
LB 963 by Senator Fox, makes two changes to the Area Agencies (AAA) on Aging statutes by updating the area plan submission timeframes to mirror federal regulations and repeals an outdated maintenance of funding requirement for four of the AAA’s. 
 
LB 1011 by Senator Campbell, makes changes to the Nebraska statute with regard to the financial and operational requirements for the administration of Medicaid behavioral health managed care. Three provisions inhibit Nebraska Medicaid’s ability to realize the financial and health outcome advantages of integrating benefits and services through the implementation of Heritage Health.  The Heritage Health managed care contracts will be awarded in March 2016 and go live in January 2017.
 
LB 1039 by Senator Coash, will clarify the definition of the term intellectual disability.  The current definitions in statute are in multiple locations and not consistent.  This update will add clarity and consistency with generally accepted psychological standards.
 

Legislation that passed during recent Legislative Sessions that impacted DHHS:

DHHS Testimony and Letters

2016 Interim Hearings:

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2016 Legislative Session:
  • Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB816 Change and eliminate provisions relating to state institution patients' records PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 981 Provide for payment of claims against the state PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 1011 Change provisions relating to at-risk managed care contracts as prescribedPDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 998 Provide for emergency community crisis centers and change provisions relating to emergency protective custody PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 869 Require that certain providers under the Medical Assistance Act be subject to a national criminal history record information check. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 782 Provide for a medicaid state plan amendment relating to coverage for family planning services. PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 975 Adopt the Child Welfare Services Preservation Act. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 899 Change lead content provisions relating to the Nebraska Safe Drinking Water Act. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 816 Change and eliminate provisions relating to state institution patients' records. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 1032 Adopt the Transitional Health Insurance Program Act and provide duties for the Department of Health and Human Services. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 696 Provide for a medicaid state plan waiver to provide coverage for treatment of opioid abuse. PDF DHHS Letter
  • Sheri Dawson Confirmation Testimony PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 947  State intent relating to professional or commercial licenses for certain aliens PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 1032 Adopt the Transitional Health Insurance Program Act and provide duties for the Department of Health and Human Services. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 696 Provide for a medicaid state plan waiver to provide coverage for treatment of opioid abuse. PDF DHHS Letter
  • DHHS Budget Testimony PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 817 Adopt the Direct Primary Care Agreement Act.PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 963 Change provisions relating to area plans and budgets under the Nebraska Community Aging Services Act.PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 867 Change provisions relating to the Administrative Procedure Act and require the Department of Correctional Services to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations.PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1023 Require development of treatment protocols for and a needs assessment of committed offenders and correctional facilities. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 1033 Create an advisory committee relating to persons with disabilities within the Department of Health and Human Services. PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 1039 Define and redefine terms relating to developmental disabilities.PDF DHHS Testimony
  • Courtney Miller Confirmation TestimonyPDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 1103 Change provisions relating to medicaid reimbursements, provide for a lien, and change estate procedures.PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 780 Change provisions relating to emergency protective custody.PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 866  Adopt the Transition to Adult Living Success Program Act. Doug Weinberg Confirmation Testimony .pdf DHHS Letter
  • Doug Weinberg Confirmation Testimony PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 708 Provide for a memory care endorsement under the Health Care Facility Licensure Act.  PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 944 Change terminology relating to parentage and marital relationships. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 859 Change cease and desist orders under the Uniform Credentialing Act. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 909 Change powers, duties, and fee and penalty provisions relating to the Department of Agriculture. PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 924 Provide an additional withholding procedure for certain payments under the Income Withholding for Child Support Act. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 893 Modify jurisdiction of juvenile courts and change provisions relating to temporary custody and disposition of juveniles. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 746 Adopt the Nebraska Strengthening Families Act, change provisions for guardians ad litem and services for children, and create the Normalcy Task Force. PDF  DHHS Letter
  • LB 721 Adopt the Surgical First Assistant Practice Act. PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 698 Adopt the Home Care Consumer Bill of Rights Act. PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 690 Change provisions relating to eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  PDF DHHS Testimony

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 2015 Interim Hearings:

 
2015 Legislative Session:
  • Confirmation Testimony for Calder Lynch--Division of Medicaid and Long Term Care PDF   
  • Confirmation Testimony for Courtney Phillips -- CEO PDF  DHHS Testimony
  • LB 631 Change medicaid provisions relating to acceptance of and assent to federal law PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 518 Provide for changes to the medical assistance program
    PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 548 Adopt the Surgical Assistant Practice Act PDF DHHS Letter
  • March 17, 2015 -- Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing for Developmental Disabilities, Children and Family Services and Behavioral Health PDF DHHS Testimony-Sheri Dawson, PDF DHHS Testimony - Tony Green
  • March 16, 2015 -- Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing for Operations, Medicaid and Long-Term Care, Public Health and Veterans' Homes PDF DHHS Testimony-Dr. Joe Acierno, PDF DHHS Testimony-Calder Lynch, PDF DHHS Testimony-Joe Hilgert
  • LB 281 Adopt the Child Support for College Savings Act PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 625 Adopt the Interstate Placement for Involuntarily Admitted Patients Agreement Act PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 643 Adopt the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act
     PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 369 Change provisions relating to impaired credential holders under the Uniform Credentialing Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 264 Provide for issuance of credentials under the Uniform Credentialing Act based on military education, training, or experience PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 258 Adopt the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 21 Provide requirements for rate increases for providers of behavioral health services as prescribed PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 346 Require a medicaid state plan amendment to cover children's day health services PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 28 Adopt the Radon Resistant New Construction Act PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 547 Change provisions of the Quality Child Care Act
    PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 472 Adopt the Medicaid Redesign Act PDF  DHHS Testimony
  • LB 292 Change provisions relating to the central registry of child protection cases PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 592 Change provisions relating to corrections and parole and mentally ill offenders PDF DHHS Testimony-Sheri Dawson PDF DHHS Testimony-Dr. Lori Anderson
  • LB 606 Adopt the Office of Inspector General of the Nebraska Correctional System Act, change provisions relating to the Public Counsel, and mandate a declaration by the Governor of a correctional system overcrowding emergency as prescribed PDF  DHHS Letter
  • LB 243 Create a pilot project relating to family finding services
    PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 296 Require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide notification after removal of a child PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 607 Adopt the Home Care Consumer Bill of Rights Act PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 490 Adopt the Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act
    PDF DHHS Letter
  • AM 242 to LB 430 Change appropriation provisions PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 315 Change provisions relating to medicaid recovery audit contractors PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB 80 Provide, change, and eliminate anesthesia and sedation permit provisions under the Dentistry Practice Act PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 471 Change provisions relating to prescription drug monitoring
    PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 452 Provide advertising requirements under the Uniform Credentialing Act PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 440 Provide for a study of rates for care by an Alzheimer's special care unit as prescribed PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB 320 Adopt the Aging and Disability Resource Center Act PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB148 Provide for medical assistance program coverage for certain youth formerly in foster care PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB19 Change provisions relating to laboratory certification under the Nebraska Safe Drinking Water Safety Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • Confirmation hearing for Joe Acierno -- Division of Public Health
    PDF  DHHS Testimony
  • Confirmation hearing for John Hilgert -- Division of Veterans' Homes
    PDF  DHHS Testimony
  • LB46 Change provisions of the Statewide Trauma System Act PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB61 Change funding for county offices relating to administration of public assistance programs PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB90 Change provisions for directed review under the Nebraska Regulation of Health Professions Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB107  Eliminate integrated practice agreements and provide for transition-to-practice agreements for nurse practitioners PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB27 Create a reporting requirement under the Vital Statistics Act when parenting time is established or modified PDF  DHHS Letter
  • LB37 Adopt the Prescription Drug Safety Act and change and transfer pharmacy, prescription, and drug provisions PDF  DHHS Letter
  • LB72 Change and provide provisions relating to trustees, liens for medicaid reimbursement, and inheritance tax petitions PDF  DHHS Letter
  • LB115 Prohibit certain actions related to social security numbers
    PDF DHHS Letter   

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2014 Interim Hearings:

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2014 Legislative Session:

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2013 Interim Hearings:

  • December 9, 2013 - LR300 Interim study to examine the treatment and services for people dually diagnosed with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental illness, or behavioral health problems. PDF DHHS Testimony DD  PDF  DHHS Testimony BH
  • November 14, 2013 - LR262 Interim study to examine issues surrounding the high rate of placement of Nebraska’s Native American children involved in the foster care system. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • November 14, 2013 - LR261 Interim study to examine barriers to permanent placements for Nebraska children who have been placed out of the home and are wards of the state. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • November 14, 2013 - LR312 Interim study to examine issues surrounding the child protective services system within the Department of Health and Human Services. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • October 25, 2013 - LR387 Interim study to examine how Nebraska is utilizing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds PDF DHHS Testimony
  • October 25, 2013 -  LR238 Interim study to examine the Access Nebraska system, as well as the separation of the economic assistance programs from the medicaid program PDF Medicaid Testimony PDF Children & Family Services Testimony
  • October 25, 2013 - IV-E Waiver Briefing PDF DHHS Testimony

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2013 Legislative Session:

  • January 16, 2013 - Child Welfare Update, Health and Human Services Committee PDF DHHS Testimony
  • March 25, 2013 - Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing for Medicaid and Long-Term Care, Public Health, Operations, and Veterans' Homes PDF DHHS Testimony, PDF  Schemmer PowerPoint on Central Nebraska Replacement Veterans' Home
  • March 26, 2013 - Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing for Behavioral Health, Children and Family Services, and Developmental Disabilities PDF  DHHS Testimony,  PDF DHHS Testimony - Hastings Juvenile Chemical Dependency Program
  • May 9, 2013 - Confirmation hearing for Director of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer, Joseph Acierno, MD, JD PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB8 Provide for coverage of children's day services under medicaid and social services PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB13  Require radon resistant construction and radon mitigation statements for residential construction and create a building codes task force  PDF  DHHS Technical Letter 
  • LB156 Eliminate a report made to the Department of Health and Human Services by counties utilizing a community service program PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB216 Adopt the Young Adult Voluntary Services and Support Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB225  Adopt the Newborn Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening Act PDF  DHHS Technical Letter
  • LB260 Change requirements for a data and information system under the Nebraska Behavioral Health Services Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB265 Change foster care licensure and kinship home and relative home provisions PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB270 Provide for a medicaid state plan amendment relating to services for children with serious emotional disturbance PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB309 Adopt the Department of Health and Human Services Delivery Improvement and Efficiency Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB330 Change eligibility provisions relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB326 Change provisions of Pharmacy Practice Act and Automated Medication Systems Act PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB338 Prohibit certain practices by health care professionals and health care facilities PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB343 Change terminology related to mental retardation PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB368 Create a subsidized employment pilot program within the Department of Health and Human Services PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB371 Adopt the Transparency in Government Procurement Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB421 Provide powers and duties for professional boards regarding credentialing veterans PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB422 Provide duties for credentialing boards and temporary practice permits for military spouses PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB430 Change asset limitation for the aid to dependent children program, child care subsidy, and the Welfare Reform Act PDF  DHHS Letter
  • LB434 Provide for emergency management registries for persons with special needs PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB443 Adopt the Children's Residential Facilities and Placing Licensure Act PDF  DHHS Testimony
  • LB447 Provide for sales tax on soft drinks, change the distribution of sales tax proceeds, and provide funding for projects to help children   PDF DHHS Technical Letter
  • LB452 Require a medicaid waiver to provide coverage for family planning services PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB471 Change provisions relating to juvenile commitment evaluations PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB487 Change health care certificate of need provisions PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB503 Rename the Child Protection Act and provide for alternative response to a report of child abuse or neglect PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB508 Change provisions relating to the aid to dependent children program PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB518 Change certain eligibility provisions of the medical assistance program PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB526 Change optometry licensure and certification to perform minor surgery and use pharmaceutical agents PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB527 Change optometry licensure and certification to use pharmaceutical agents PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB535 Adopt Prescription Monitoring Program Act and repeal prescription monitoring provisions PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB536 Approve claims against the state PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB561 State findings and intent for changes to the juvenile justice system and a funding mechanism PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB555 Adopt the Preparing Students for Educational Success Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB556 Provide for telehealth services for children, change the medical assistance program, and provide duties for the Department of Health and Human Services PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB577 Change provisions relating to the medical assistance program PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB632 Change funding for county offices relating to public assistance programs PDF DHHS Testimony

 


2012 Interim Hearings:
Implementation of Juvenile Services Delivery Project Under LB985 PDF DHHS Testimony
  • Presentation for the Health and Human Services Committee by Director Vivianne Chaumont  PDF  Medicaid 101
  • LR525  Interim study to examine how Nebraska's system for screening, assessing, and investigating reports of child abuse and neglect contributes to Nebraska's rates of out-of-home care & LR529 Interim study to provide for review and assessment and make recommendations relating to the entry of children into the child welfare system - PDF  DHHS Testimony
  • LR535 Interim study to examine the conditions, use, and effectiveness of Nebraska's youth rehabilitation and treatment centers PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LR551  Interim study to assess the effectiveness of ACCESSNebraska for clients, community-based partners, and workers using qualitative and quantitative analysis - PDF DHHS Testimony

2012 Legislative Session:

  • Appropriations Committee - Agency 25, January 30, 2012 - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB712 - Change permitted practice provisions under the Certified Nurse Midwifery Practice Act - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB723 - Change provisions relating to small systems under the Nebraska Safe Drinking Water Act – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB765 - Change bidding requirements relating to contracts with providers of certain health and social services as prescribed - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB773 - Change Uniform Credentialing Act fee provisions - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB794 - Redefine "byproduct material" under the Radiation Control Act – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB820 - Provide for a foster care demonstration project – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB821 - Create the Nebraska Children's Commission and require legislation to create the Department of Children's Services – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB825 - Establish local offices for access to public benefit programs – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB826 - Change provisions relating to legislative consideration of proposed rules and regulations under the Medical Assistance Act – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB831 - Adopt the Genetic Counseling Practice Act - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB834 - Change the Nebraska Regulation of Health Professions Act – PDF DHHS Testimony  
  • LB871 - Provide for policies relating to fees and copays relating to the Behavioral Health Services Act – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB874 - Change foster care licensure provisions – PDF  DHHS Testimony 
  • LB891 - Provide for a medicaid waiver to provide coverage for certain low-income HIV-infected individuals – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB892 - Provide for credentialing military applicants and spouses under the Uniform Credentialing Act - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB904 - Change Vital Statistics Act reporting requirements for annulments and dissolutions of marriage – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB945 - Require licensees under the Child Care Licensing Act to provide proof of radon levels at child care locations - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB949 - Require reports and a strategic plan by the Division of Children and Family Services of the Department of Health and Human Services - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB952 - Change appropriation provisions relating to the medical assistance program – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB957 - Adopt the Office of Inspector General for Nebraska Child Welfare Act – PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB961 - Change provisions relating to case management of child welfare services – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB972 - Transfer the youth rehabilitation and treatment centers from the Office of Juvenile Services to the Department of Correctional Services – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB993 - Change provisions relating to child abuse and neglect teams and child advocacy centers - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1002 - Change long-term care bed moratorium provisions - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB1010 - Change eligibility provisions relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1028 - Require Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a grant relating to long-term care services - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1038 - Require blood-lead testing prior to school enrollment – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1041 - Adopt the Department of Health and Human Services Delivery Improvement and Efficiency Act – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1047 - Require safe injection practices as prescribed - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB1051 - Change registry provisions regarding adult protective services and child protection cases – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1060 - Change procedures for adoption and promulgation of rules and regulations - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1063 - Adopt the Children's Health and Treatment Act - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1073 - Deny payment of claims - PDF  DHHS Testimony
  • LB1083 - Clarify permitted practices under the Nurse Practice Act - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB1136 - Create and provide for a wage subsidy program - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1146 - Appropriate funds to carry out the Nebraska Prostitution Intervention and Treatment Act - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1153 - Require timely provisions of juvenile-court ordered treatment or services - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1158 - Provide requirements for medical assistance behavioral health managed care contracts - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1160 - Require Department of Health and Human Services to develop an information system and provide for reports and an evaluation - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB1172 - Provide an additional ground for termination of parental rights - PDF DHHS Letter

 


 

Bryson Bartels, Legislative Liaison
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5044
Phone: (402) 471-0541
 
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