Medicaid: What’s New In 2024 and How Bluestem Health’s Family Medicaid Doctors Can Help

Bluestem Health’s family doctors specialize in providing care to individuals and families covered by Medicaid. In fact, all of Bluestem Health’s providers are enrolled as Medicaid doctors. We’re committed to

Medicaid Doctors

Bluestem Health’s family doctors specialize in providing care to individuals and families covered by Medicaid. In fact, all of Bluestem Health’s providers are enrolled as Medicaid doctors. We’re committed to offering quality healthcare to all our patients, and we know how difficult it can be for patients to navigate Medicaid. We’re always up-to-date with Nebraska Medicaid requirements to give you the best possible care.

What Is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a crucial safety net program designed to provide healthcare coverage to individuals and families with limited financial resources. It operates as a partnership between the federal government and individual states, with each state having some flexibility in administering the program within federal guidelines. Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services details the full range of Medicaid-eligible services here.

What’s New For 2024

Nebraska Medicaid made several important extensions to Medicaid coverage with benefits beginning this year. For example, Nebraska Medicaid extended continuous coverage for all children found newly eligible for Medicaid from six months to a full year. This includes one year of continuous eligibility for kids found eligible at the time of their annual renewal.

Nebraska Medicaid, which is estimated to cover 35% of all births across the state, also moved to ensure better access to healthcare services for mothers. Postpartum coverage increased from 60 days to 12 months, ensuring mothers have access to the care and support they need during a crucial period in their lives.

In the realm of dental care, Nebraska Medicaid now covers the extraction of asymptomatic wisdom teeth. Also known as symptom-free wisdom teeth, it’s estimated that one-third of all wisdom teeth eventually require extraction due to disease. By covering asymptomatic wisdom teeth removal under Medicaid, Nebraska hopes to limit a Medicaid member’s potential for future dental loss.

Finally, Healthy Blue is no longer participating in Nebraska’s Medicaid Managed Care Program. Molina Healthcare of Nebraska is one of the new Medicaid plans available and offers more than 40 years of Medicaid experience. If you need help selecting a new Medicaid Managed Care plan, don’t hesitate to contact our Patient Support Services team. This is a free service to all Bluestem Health patients.

Bluestem Health Has The Right Medicaid Doctors

Our Medicaid Family Medicine doctors ensure you’ll have access to essential healthcare services, providing trusted and compassionate care that also meets your Medicaid criteria. We make every effort to connect you to a multidisciplinary team of experienced and dedicated healthcare providers, including Medicaid-eligible services for dental care, mental health, and substance abuse for children, adolescents, and adults. Just a few of our Medicaid-covered healthcare services include:

Are You Eligible?

Medicaid eligibility is complex. For Nebraskans ages 19 to 64, Medicaid coverage is generally available for those who earn less than 138% of the federal poverty level (just under $21,000 a year, before taxes, for a single person in 2024). Medicaid financial eligibility is also based on Modified Adjusted Gross Income, which takes tax filing relationships into account to determine eligibility.

You might also be able to qualify for Medicaid at slightly higher incomes if you are 65 years of age or older, a caretaker responsible for children 18 years or younger, a person with a disability, 18 years of age or younger, a pregnant woman, or former foster care youth. Medicaid’s complexity often means it’s helpful to check with experts about your potential benefits.

Bluestem Health Patient Benefits

We have Patient Support Services ready to help you determine eligibility, and we want nothing more than for our patients to get the care they need without the burden of cost. Whether you need assistance enrolling in Medicaid or finding a Medicaid doctor, contact Bluestem Health at (402) 476-1455. Not only will we help start the process, our Patient Support Services team can direct you to the high-quality healthcare you and your family need and deserve.

Resources Beyond Medicaid

Bluestem Health provides our patients with resources and community events far beyond our typical healthcare services. We have a dedicated team that will work with you to find additional community services. Our Patient Support Services team also assists with applications for:

  • Medicare
  • CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
  • ADC (Aid to Dependent Children)

Schedule an Appointment at Bluestem Health

Do you have any questions or concerns about enrolling in Medicaid? It’s understandable and exactly why we have Patient Support Specialists to help you. Contact Bluestem Health at (402) 476-1455 and start the process toward receiving the high-quality healthcare you and your family need and deserve.

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