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March 2, 2010

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

Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Hearing on Medicaid March 4 in Lincoln

Lincoln – The Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care will hold a hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations for Medicaid. The hearing will be held March 4 at 10:00 a.m. CT, in the Nebraska State Office Building, Lower Level, Conference Room ‘A’, Lincoln, NE. The proposed changes will:

  • Rename the current Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program, using federal
    terminology, to identify Specified Low-Income Beneficiaries (SLMBs) and Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QI-1s);
  • Include payment of Part B premiums for all Medicare and Medicaid individuals with income less than 135% FPL, without regard to living arrangement;
  • Increase the resource allowance for current QMB program up to $6,600 for one and $9,910 for two, adjusted annually; and
  • Add a new Medicaid program of Medicare Savings Program/Qualified Medicare
    Beneficiaries (MSP/QMB). For the MSP/QMB program, Medicaid will pay Medicare co-payments and deductibles on Medicare services only, in addition to Medicare Part B premium for individuals. To qualify, individuals must have income that is less than 100% FPL, but resources greater than $4,000 for one or $6,000 for two (up to $6,600 and $9,910, adjusted annually).

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, March 6, 2010. 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: .