Nebraska Medicaid Program

Kids Connection

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I apply for Kids Connection?
Can I take my mail-in application form to the Department of Health and Human Services local office?
Do I have to have contact with the DHSS office in my area to have my children’s application considered?
My children are already on Medicaid. Is this program better?
Do I include my 18-year old that is at college on the application?
Are state or local government employees eligible for Kids Connection?
How soon will my application be processed?
How will I know if my children are determined eligible for Kids Connection? Do I receive a card or a notice?
How long is approved eligibility good for?
What are the citizenship requirements for eligibility for Kids Connection?
How can I show that I am a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien?
How long must my child be a resident of Nebraska before I am eligible for Kids Connection?
Are there pre-existing condition restrictions affiliated with Kids Connection?
What is the premium for Kids Connection?
I already have health insurance on my children but I am under the income guidelines. Would they be eligible?
I have health insurance coverage for my children now. Can I drop it and apply for Kids Connection? Is there a waiting period if that occurs?
My children do not have insurance for vision and dental. Can I apply just for these two services?
Will Kids Connection replace my child’s school’s requirements that my children have accident insurance before they go out for sports?
Does Kids Connection cover high school athletic physicals?
Are mental health services covered?
What pay stubs do I need to send in?
What if I do not get a pay stub with my paycheck, or recently started a new job, or had a change in my hours.  How do I show my monthly income?
Since I’m self-employed, what type of income information should I attach?
Do I include my 18-year old’s job income in my family income?
Is child support and alimony counted as income?
I am supposed to receive child support but it only comes in occasionally. How is it counted in the income calculation?

Where can I apply for Kids Connection?

You can apply online through ACCESSNebraska at http://accessnebraska.ne.gov/ or print the PDF mail-in application and mail it to the address shown on the application.

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Can I take my mail-in application form to the Department of Health and Human Services local office?

Yes, if your area has an open DHHS office, you may deliver your completed mail-in application. For faster processing, complete the online application.

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Do I have to have contact with the DHHS office in my area to have my children’s application considered?

An interview is not part of the eligibility process. Much of the information DHHS may need in the way of verification may be supplied through the U.S. mail.

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My children are already on Medicaid. Is this program better?

Since Kids Connection is an expansion of the Nebraska Medicaid Program, the same services are offered.

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Do I include my 18-year old that is at college on the application?

Yes, until s/he turns 19 years of age.

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Are state or local government employees eligible for Kids Connection?

The same rules of eligibility for Kids Connection apply to state and local government employees as they do to those not employed by government.

How soon will my application be processed?

Applications are to be processed within 45 days.  One item that can delay processing is not filling it out completely, or not supplying required supporting documentation.  Processing will be quicker if all questions are answered and all documentation is provided. 

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How will I know if my children are determined eligible for Kids Connection? Do I receive a card or a notice?

If your children are determined eligible, you will receive a notice advising you of their eligibility. You will receive a Medicaid Identification Card listing all of the individuals in your household eligible for Medicaid. This will also be the Medicaid Identification Card for Kids Connection services for your children.

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How long is approved eligibility good for?

An eligibility review is completed annually unless there is a change in circumstances that causes the child to be ineligible or the child turns 19 before the annual review.

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What are the citizenship requirements for eligibility for Kids Connection?

The children applying for Kids Connection must be citizens of the United States or a qualified alien. The citizen/alien status of the parent is not taken into consideration.

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How can I show that I am a U.S. citizen or qualified alien?

A birth certificate is a good way to verify U.S. citizenship. Immigration documents can also be used.

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How long must my child be a resident of Nebraska before I am eligible for Kids Connection?

There is no waiting period to gain residency, but you must intend to make Nebraska your child’s home. The Department of Health and Human Services staff may ask for verification.

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Are there pre-existing condition restrictions affiliated with Kids Connection?

There are no pre-existing condition restrictions for someone enrolling in Kids Connection.

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What is the premium for Kids Connection?

There is no premium for Kids Connection coverage. There are no co-payments for children with Kids Connection/Medicaid coverage.

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I already have health insurance on my children but I am under the income guidelines. Would they be eligible?

If your children have health insurance coverage, they will likely not be eligible for Kids Connection. However, they may be eligible for the Medicaid program so you are encouraged to submit an application. Keep in mind that Kids Connection is not concerned if a parent has health insurance. We are only concerned with a child’s coverage.

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I have health insurance coverage for my children now. Can I drop it and apply for Kids Connection? Is there a waiting period if that occurs?

If parents or guardians decide to drop current health insurance on their children and apply for Kids Connection, there is no waiting period in Nebraska. Before dropping commercial health insurance, parents should think of all of the ramifications of doing so. This may determine whether you will be able to get your children back on a commercial policy in future years if need be.

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My children do not have insurance for vision and dental. Can I apply just for these two services?

No, you cannot apply just for these two services.

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Will Kids Connection replace my child’s school’s requirements that my children have accident insurance before they go out for sports?

Kids Connection does cover accidents. However, the school’s officials would make a determination as to whether Kids Connection eligibility meets your school’s accident insurance coverage requirements.

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Does Kids Connection cover high school athletic physicals?

Yes, if a Nebraska Medicaid provider does the physical.

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Are mental health services covered?

Yes, mental health services including counseling are a coverable benefit.

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What pay stubs do I need to send in?

You should include pay-stubs for the previous month or most recent four-week period with your completed application. If you have no income, you should send a signed statement with your application that explains your situation or how you pay your bills.

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What if I do not get a pay stub with my paycheck, or recently started a new job, or had a change in my hours.  How do I show my monthly income.

You should ask your employer to write a letter declaring what your monthly gross income will be and submit a copy of that letter.

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Since I’m self-employed, what type of income information should I attach?

  • If you are self-employed, send in a copy of your signed 1040 and Schedule C; or 
  • If you are a farmer or rancher, send in a copy of your signed 1040 and Schedule F; or
  • If you are involved in a partnership or "S" corporation, send in a copy of your signed 1040 and Form 1065 or 1120S and Schedule K-1.

If you do not have a tax return, please contact the Customer Service Center at 1-800-383-4278 regarding other options. 

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Do I include my 18-year old’s job income in my family income?

If your 18-year old child attends school, do not include the child's earned income when applying for Kids Connection.

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Is child support and alimony counted as income?

Yes, both child support and alimony are counted as income.

I am supposed to receive child support but it only comes in occasionally. How is it counted in the income calculation?

The last three months of child support is averaged and included in the eligibility determination.

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