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August 28, 2009

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


Kids Connection Expands to Serve More Low-income Families

Lincoln—Effective September 1, more of Nebraska’s kids will be eligible for medical assistance through Kids Connection, an expansion of Medicaid.

As a result of state legislation, income limits for Kids Connection will change to include children whose family income does not exceed 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

Currently, only those with family incomes at or below 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible.

The expansion means that over 5,000 more children may potentially be eligible for the program. Currently, approximately 23,500 kids are being served per month.

Income eligibility guidelines (monthly gross):

Family size

185 percent of FPL

200 percent of FPL













“DHHS will be conducting outreach to find families whose children might be eligible,” according to Vivianne Chaumont, Director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-term Care. “Applications will be sent home from school with every child, and physicians and other health care providers will be informed about the changes in eligibility.”