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April 23, 2009

Marla Augustine, DHHS, Communications and Legislative Services, (402-471-4047),


DHHS to Hold Hearing on Medicaid Information Card April 30, 2009 in Lincoln

Lincoln – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, will hold a public hearing April 30, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. CT. The hearing will take place in Lincoln at the State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level Conference Room ‘A.’

At this hearing comments will be accepted on proposed changes to regulations for the Nebraska Medical Assistance Program, also known as Medicaid. These changes are for the newly-designed Nebraska Medicaid Identification Card.

Effective August 2009, the Department will begin issuing a new Medicaid Identification Card, similar to an insurance card. This new card, which is wallet-sized, will replace the current 8-1/2” x 11” piece of paper which is issued monthly. The proposed regulation changes will indicate that the new card will be issued once instead of monthly and the monthly eligibility information found on the current piece of paper will not be on the new card. With the introduction of the new card, providers will need to verify clients’ Medicaid eligibility status by accessing the Department’s Internet Access for Enrolled Providers (; the Nebraska Medicaid Eligibility System (NMES) at 800-642-6092 (in Lincoln, 471-9580); or the Medicaid Inquiry Line at 877-255-3092 (in Lincoln 471-9128).

Anyone may attend and comment at the hearings or submit comments in writing. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT, May 2, 2009. They should be sent to DHHS Regulatory Analysis and Integration, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509; faxed to 402-742-2382; or e-mailed to

If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in a hearing, please call 402-471-9022. Persons with hearing impairments may call the DHHS at 402-471-9570 (voice and TDD) or the Nebraska Relay System at 711 or 800-833-7352 TDD.

Draft regulations and DHHS hearing notices are available online at: