- Associated Press - Monday, April 7, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Gov. Dave Heineman has vetoed a bill that would require Nebraska to apply for federal funding for in-home care services for the elderly.

The governor argues in his veto letter that while the bill’s goal is laudable, it would shift millions of dollars in expenses onto state government.

The bill by Sen. Kate Bolz, of Lincoln, would have Nebraska spend $8.2 million to qualify for about $36.5 million in federal dollars over the next two fiscal years. Bolz says it will reduce Nebraska’s long-term Medicaid expenses, because in-home care costs less than nursing home care. Bolz filed a motion Monday to override the veto.

Heineman says Nebraska’s costs would increase by $6 million after September 2015, and the bill is a form of expanded Medicaid.

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The bill is LB690

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