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June 16, 2010

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287

Implementation of ACCESSNebraska Results in Growth in Online Applications

Lincoln – Over 104,000 Nebraskans went online at to apply for economic assistance benefits through ACCESSNebraska since September 2008.

Economic assistance programs include SNAP (formerly food stamps), energy assistance, Medicaid, Kids Connection (children’s health insurance), Aid to Dependent Children (ADC), and child care assistance.

“This is a big step forward in using technology to be more effective and efficient, and people are taking advantage of the convenience it allows them,” said Todd Reckling, director of the Division of Children and Family Services in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). “There is no need to come to our office or wait in line. Clients can use any computer with Internet access, whether at home, at the library or at a friend’s house, to apply for services.”

As of May 2010:

  • 32 percent of total monthly applications received (both paper and electronic) were received electronically; and
  • 36 percent of online applications came in outside of normal business hours.

“ACCESSNebraska is the quick, easy way for clients to check eligibility, apply for benefits and report changes in things like income, address or expenses when it’s convenient for them,” Reckling said.