68-101. Repealed. Laws 1969, c. 532, § 2.

68-102. Repealed. Laws 1969, c. 532, § 2.

68-103. Repealed. Laws 1983, LB 604, § 32.

68-104. Department of Health and Human Services; overseer of poor; county board; assistance; powers and duties.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall be the overseer of the poor and shall be vested with the entire and exclusive superintendence of the poor in this state, except that the county board of each county shall furnish such medical service as may be required for the poor of the county who are not eligible for other medical assistance programs and general assistance for the poor of the county. Any person who is or becomes ineligible for other medical assistance programs due to his or her own actions or inactions shall also be ineligible for medical services from the county.

The county board of each county shall administer the medical assistance provided pursuant to this section. A county board may enter into an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services which allows the department to aid in the administration of such medical assistance program. In providing medical and hospital care for the poor, the county board shall make use of any existing facilities, including tax-supported hospitals and charitable clinics so far as the same may be available, and shall use the financial eligibility criteria established for the standard of need developed by the county pursuant to section 68-126.

A county board may transfer funds designated for public assistance to the Department of Health and Human Services for purposes of payments to providers who serve eligible recipients of medical assistance or low-income uninsured persons and meet federal and state disproportionate-share payment requirements pursuant to subdivision (2)(c) of section 68-910.

Source:R.S.1866, c. 40, § 4, p. 275; Laws 1875, § 1, p. 89; R.S.1913, § 5798; Laws 1915, c. 20, § 1, p. 80; Laws 1919, c. 128, § 1, p. 302; C.S.1922, § 5143; C.S.1929, § 68-104; Laws 1937, c. 150, § 1, p. 574; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 68-104; R.S.1943, § 68-104; Laws 1947, c. 218, § 1, p. 705; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 20; Laws 1982, LB 602, § 1; Laws 1983, LB 604, § 19; Laws 1984, LB 886, § 1; Laws 1995, LB 455, § 3; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 285; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 67;    Laws 2007, LB292, § 1.    


Cross References

Annotations

68-105. Repealed. Laws 1983, LB 604, § 32.

68-106. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-107. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-108. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-109. Repealed. Laws 1983, LB 604, § 32.

68-110. Repealed. Laws 1983, LB 604, § 32.

68-111. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-112. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-113. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-114. Nonresident poor persons; temporary aid; relief when legal residence not determined.

Whenever any nonresident shall fall sick in any county in this state, not having money or property to pay his or her board, or whenever any poor person not having a legal settlement in the county is found in distress, without friends or money, so that he or she is likely to suffer, it shall be the duty of the county board to furnish such temporary assistance to such person as it shall deem necessary; and if any such person shall die, the county board shall provide all necessary means for a decent burial of such person. If such poor person, applying for or receiving relief, belongs to another state, the county board may furnish such person, in addition to necessary temporary aid, transportation and the requisite expenses incurred thereby, and may return such poor person to the state in which he or she has legal settlement; Provided, that the claim by the poor person of a legal settlement shall be verified by the county board, and assurance be given the board that such poor person will be received and given care in the place of his or her legal settlement. If any such poor person shall be found applying for relief in any county, and the county board of such county shall be unable to ascertain and establish the last place of legal residence of such person, the county board shall proceed in its discretion to provide for such poor person in the same manner as other poor persons are directed to be provided for.

Source:R.S.1866, c. 40, § 14, p. 277; R.S.1913, § 5808; Laws 1915, c. 20, § 1, p. 81; C.S.1922, § 5153; C.S.1929, § 68-114; Laws 1933, c. 118, § 8, p. 482; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 68-114; R.S.1943, § 68-114; Laws 1982, LB 602, § 2.


Cross References

Annotations

68-115. Legal settlement, defined; exclusions; minors; termination.

(1) The term legal settlement for all public assistance programs shall be taken and considered to mean as follows:

Every person, except those hereinafter mentioned, who has resided one year continuously in any county, shall be deemed to have a legal settlement in such county.

Every person who has resided one year continuously within the state, but not in any one county shall have a legal settlement in the county in which he or she has resided six months continuously.

(2) The time during which a person has been an inmate of any public or private charitable or penal institution, or has received care at public expense in any type of care home, nursing home, or board and room facility licensed as such and caring for more than one patient or guest, and each month during which he or she has received relief from private charity or the poor fund of any county shall be excluded in determining the time of residence hereunder, as referred to in subsection (1) of this section.

(3) Every minor who is not emancipated and settled in his or her own right shall have the same legal settlement as the parent with whom he or she has resided.

(4) A legal settlement in this state shall be terminated and lost by (a) acquiring a new one in another state or by (b) voluntary and uninterrupted absence from this state for the period of one year with intent to abandon residence in Nebraska.

Source:R.S.1866, c. 40, § 15, p. 277; R.S.1913, § 5809; C.S.1922, § 5154; C.S.1929, § 68-115; Laws 1933, c. 118, § 9, p. 483; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 68-115; R.S.1943, § 68-115; Laws 1953, c. 229, § 1, p. 800; Laws 1961, c. 327, § 1, p. 1034; Laws 1975, LB 165, § 1; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 24; Laws 1982, LB 602, § 3; Laws 1983, LB 604, § 20.


Annotations

68-116. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-117. Repealed. Laws 1951, c. 212, § 1.

68-118. Repealed. Laws 1951, c. 212, § 1.

68-119. Repealed. Laws 1951, c. 212, § 1.

68-120. Repealed. Laws 1951, c. 212, § 1.

68-121. Repealed. Laws 1951, c. 212, § 1.

68-122. Repealed. Laws 1951, c. 212, § 1.

68-123. Repealed. Laws 1951, c. 212, § 1.

68-124. Repealed. Laws 1951, c. 212, § 1.

68-125. Repealed. Laws 1951, c. 212, § 1.

68-126. Health services; maximum payments; rules and regulations; standard of need for medical services; established.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations establishing maximum payments for all health services furnished to recipients of public assistance. Each county shall, not later than December 31, 1984, establish a standard of need for medical services furnished, pursuant to section 68-104, by the counties to indigent persons who are not eligible for other medical assistance programs. This standard shall not exceed the Office of Management and Budget income poverty guidelines.

Source:Laws 1963, c. 384, § 1, p. 1229; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 25; Laws 1982, LB 602, § 4; Laws 1984, LB 886, § 2; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 286; Laws 2007, LB296, § 236.    


68-127. Repealed. Laws 1984, LB 904, § 11.

68-128. Emergency assistance; families with children.

From such funds as may be appropriated for such purpose, the Department of Health and Human Services shall provide emergency assistance benefits on behalf of families who have children.

Source:Laws 1973, LB 477, § 1; Laws 1989, LB 362, § 4; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 287.


68-129. Public assistance; computation of available resources; exclusions.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall, by rule and regulation, when determining need for public assistance on the basis of available resources, exclude from the definition of available resources of an applicant for assistance either the funds deposited in an irrevocable trust fund created pursuant to section 12-1106 or up to four thousand dollars, increased annually as provided in this section, of the amount paid for a policy of insurance the proceeds of which are specifically and irrevocably designated, assigned, or pledged for the payment of the applicant's burial expenses. The Department of Health and Human Services shall increase such amount annually on September 1 beginning with the year 2006 by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers published by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics at the close of the twelve-month period ending on August 31 of such year. This section shall not preclude the eligibility for assistance of an applicant who has purchased such a policy of insurance prior to July 9, 1988, unless such applicant is subject to subdivision (3) of section 68-1002.

Source:Laws 1982, LB 314, § 1; Laws 1986, LB 643, § 22; Laws 1988, LB 1010, § 1; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 288; Laws 2006, LB 85, § 2;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 237.    


68-130. Counties; maintain office and service facilities; review by department.

(1) Counties shall maintain, at no additional cost to the Department of Health and Human Services, office and service facilities used for the administration of the public assistance programs as such facilities existed on April 1, 1983.

(2) The county board of any county may request in writing that the department review office and service facilities provided by the county for the department to determine if the department is able to reduce or eliminate office and service facilities within the county. The department shall respond in writing to such request within thirty days after receiving the request. The final decision with respect to maintaining, reducing, or eliminating office and service facilities in such county shall be made by the department, and the county may reduce or eliminate office and service facilities if authorized by such final decision.

Source:Laws 1982, LB 602, § 5; Laws 1983, LB 604, § 21; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 289; Laws 2007, LB296, § 238;    Laws 2011, LB234, § 1.    


68-131. Poor person; support by county; when eligible.

When any poor person does not have a spouse, parent, or stepparent supporting him or her or is not eligible for other general assistance programs, the poor person shall receive such relief, referred to as general assistance for purposes of sections 68-131 to 68-148, out of the treasury of the county in which he or she has legal settlement at the time of applying for assistance, in the manner provided in sections 68-131 to 68-148. Any person who is or becomes ineligible for other general assistance programs due to his or her own actions or inactions shall also be ineligible for general assistance from the county.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 1; Laws 1995, LB 455, § 4.


68-132. County board; duties.

The county board of each county shall be the overseer of the poor and shall be vested with the superintendence of the poor in such county. It shall be the duty of the county board to provide general assistance to all poor persons (1) who meet the requirements contained in section 68-131 and who are eligible for general assistance pursuant to standards established by the county board as required by section 68-133 or (2) who are eligible for and participate in a program established pursuant to section 68-152. Such general assistance shall be in amounts established by the county board as required by section 68-133 and shall be adequate to insure maintenance of minimum health and decency.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 2; Laws 1990, LB 422, § 6.


68-133. County; adopt standards; requirements.

Each county shall, not later than July 1, 1984, adopt written standards of eligibility and assistance for general assistance to poor persons. Such standards shall:

(1) Provide that all individuals desiring to make application for general assistance shall have opportunity to do so and that general assistance shall be furnished to all eligible individuals:

(a) Within seven days after the submission of the application if the need is short-term; and

(b) Within thirty days after the submission of the application if the need is continuous;

(2) Provide a schedule of goods and services necessary for the maintenance of minimum decency and health for families of various sizes, including single persons. Such schedule shall include, but not be limited to, food, housing, utilities, clothing, medical expenses, burial expenses, laundry, transportation, housing supplies, personal care, and such other goods and services as the county board shall deem necessary to insure the maintenance of minimum health and decency;

(3) Provide a schedule setting forth the amount of money needed to obtain those goods and services referred to in subdivision (2) of this section;

(4) Provide a schedule setting forth the amount of money to be paid to families and individuals who are in need of those goods and services when:

(a) That need is continuous; and

(b) That need is short-term;

(5) Provide a schedule of the income and assets which shall be considered as being available to a family or individual and which shall guarantee that only such income and assets as are in the immediate possession and control of the family or person shall be considered as available;

(6) Include a definition of poor persons which will insure that all families and individuals whose available income and assets, as set forth pursuant to subdivision (5) of this section, are less than those determined to be necessary pursuant to subdivisions (2) and (3) of this section will be eligible to receive general assistance; and

(7) Designate whether the county board or a class of employees in the county shall hold and conduct the hearings of aggrieved persons as required by sections 68-139 to 68-141.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 3.


Annotations

68-134. Standards; review; filing; availability.

The standards established pursuant to section 68-133 and all amendments to such standards shall be reviewed by the county on a biennial basis to insure that such standards reflect changes in living standards and costs-of-living. A copy of all standards and amendments to such standards shall be filed with the Department of Health and Human Services within thirty days after their adoption by the county. Upon request of a county board, the Department of Health and Human Services shall assist the board in developing standards or amendments. Each county shall make a copy of its standards and amendments available for public inspection during normal business hours.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 4; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 290.


68-135. Standards; hearing and notice.

No county shall adopt standards or amendments to such standards pursuant to section 68-133 or 68-134 without first holding a public hearing to permit discussion and the presentation of testimony or evidence by interested persons. Notice of such hearing shall be published not more than twenty days nor less than ten days prior to the hearing in a newspaper in general circulation throughout the county.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 5.


68-136. Failure to adopt or review standards; judicial review.

A county board's failure to adopt standards or to review standards as required by sections 68-131 to 68-148 may be reviewed by the district court of the county in an action in mandamus.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 6.


68-137. Repayment; when required.

No county shall require a person to make repayment or any other form of compensation for general assistance provided to such person pursuant to sections 68-131 to 68-148 if such general assistance was not obtained through misrepresentation or fraud, except that a county may require reimbursement for interim general assistance granted pending a determination of an applicant's eligibility for any supplemental security income program or other program of categorical assistance or pending the issuance of a lost or stolen categorical warrant.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 7; Laws 1984, LB 886, § 3.


68-138. Assistance; denial; termination; reduction; notice; hearing.

Any person whose application for assistance, made pursuant to section 68-104 or sections 68-131 to 68-148, is denied or whose continuing assistance is terminated or reduced shall, at the time of the denial, termination, or reduction, be given a written notice of the specific reasons for such denial, termination, or reduction. Such notice shall also inform the person of the right to a hearing to review the denial, termination, or reduction and the procedures for requesting such hearing.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 8; Laws 1984, LB 886, § 4.


68-139. Hearing before county board or hearing examiner; when allowed.

Any person whose claim for general assistance or medical services (1) has not been acted upon within the time established by section 68-133, (2) has been denied, (3) has not been granted in full, (4) has been reduced or terminated, or (5) has been suspended for failure to participate in a program established pursuant to section 68-152 may request a hearing on such action or inaction before the county board or, if the county board so delegates as allowed by section 68-133, before an employee of the county.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 9; Laws 1984, LB 886, § 5; Laws 1990, LB 422, § 7.


68-140. Hearing; rights of person requesting.

A person requesting a hearing pursuant to section 68-139 shall have the following rights:

(1) To examine the county file pertaining to his or her case prior to and during the hearing;

(2) To be represented in the proceedings by a lawyer, friend, relative, or anyone else he or she may select;

(3) To present evidence; and

(4) To confront and cross-examine witnesses.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 10; Laws 1984, LB 886, § 6.


68-141. Hearing; procedure.

The county board or hearing examiner, as the case may be, shall use the following procedure for all hearings:

(1) Tape-record the hearing;

(2) Make a decision within thirty days following the hearing;

(3) Make the decision based upon the evidence adduced and the law;

(4) Provide the claimant a written copy of the decision setting forth findings and conclusions; and

(5) Preserve the tape of the hearing and all exhibits offered at the hearing for not less than sixty days following entry of the hearing decision.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 11.


68-142. Judicial review; procedure.

(1) Any person aggrieved by a decision rendered pursuant to sections 68-139 to 68-141 may obtain a review of such decision in the district court of the county.

(2) Proceedings for review shall be instituted by filing a petition in the district court of the county where the decision was rendered within thirty days after service of the decision on the claimant. The county shall be made a party to the proceedings for review and summons shall be served as in other actions against a county. The court may permit other interested parties to intervene.

(3) Within fifteen days after service of summons upon the county or within such further time as the court for good cause shown may allow, the county shall prepare and transmit to the court a certified transcript of the proceedings had before it, which transcript shall include the county's standards and all amendments regarding eligibility and assistance for general assistance, the transcribed hearing record, all exhibits offered at the hearing, and the final decision sought to be reversed, vacated, or modified.

(4) The review shall be conducted by the court without a jury on the record of the county.

(5) The court may affirm the decision, remand the case for further proceedings, or reverse or modify the decision if any substantial rights of the petitioner may have been prejudiced because the decision is:

(a) In violation of constitutional provisions;

(b) In excess of the statutory authority or jurisdiction of the county;

(c) Made upon unlawful procedure;

(d) Unsupported by competent, material, and substantial evidence in view of the entire record as made on review; or

(e) Arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with the law.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 12.


68-143. Poor person; where chargeable.

Any person becoming chargeable as a poor person in this state shall be chargeable as such in the county in which he or she has established a legal settlement as defined in section 68-115.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 13.


68-144. Poor person; duties of county where found and county of legal settlement.

If any person shall become chargeable in any county in which he or she has not established a legal settlement at the time of applying for aid, he or she shall be duly taken care of by the proper authority of the county where he or she may be found. It shall be the duty of the clerk of the county board to send a notice by mail to the clerk of the county board of the county in which such poor person has a legal settlement that such person has become chargeable as a poor person, and requesting the authorities of such county to promptly remove such poor person and to pay the expense accrued in taking care of him or her.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 14.


68-145. Poor person; county where found; action to recover costs; when authorized.

If a poor person, by reason of sickness or disease, or by neglect of the authorities of the county in which he or she has a legal settlement, or for any other sufficient cause, cannot be removed, then the county taking charge of such individual may sue for, and recover from the county to which such individual belongs, the amount expended for and in behalf of such poor person and in taking care of such person.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 15.


68-146. Nonresident poor person; general assistance; legal settlement verified; assurances.

Whenever any poor person without a legal settlement in this state shall become sick in any county in this state, not having income and assets available to pay for medical services, or whenever any poor person without a legal settlement in this state is found in distress in any county in this state and is without income and assets to preclude suffering, it shall be the duty of the county board to furnish such temporary assistance to such person as it shall deem necessary. If any such person shall die, the county board shall provide all necessary means for a decent burial of such person. If such poor person has a legal settlement in another state, the county board may furnish such person, in addition to temporary assistance, transportation and the requisite expenses incurred thereby and may return such poor person to the state in which he or she has legal settlement. The representation by a poor person of a legal settlement shall be verified by the county board and assurance shall be given the board that such poor person will be received and given care in the place of his or her legal settlement. If any poor person without a legal settlement in this state shall apply for general assistance in any county in which he or she is situated, the county board may proceed at its discretion to provide for such poor person in the same manner as it would provide for a poor person with legal settlement in the county.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 16.


68-147. County, when liable.

Even though a poor person may be eligible for general assistance, the county board shall have no liability to such person until the county board or the person to whom it has delegated responsibility for administration of general assistance shall have passed upon a written application for assistance or shall have failed to act upon the written application within the appropriate time prescribed in section 68-133. If a poor person is incapable, for any cause, of completing a written application for assistance, it may be completed by another acting in the interest of such poor person.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 17.


68-148. General assistance; not alienable; exception.

No general assistance shall be alienable by assignment or transfer, or be subject to attachment, garnishment, or any other legal process, except that a county may pay general assistance directly to any person, corporation, or other legal entity providing goods or services, as described in section 68-133, to the poor person.

Source:Laws 1983, LB 604, § 18.


68-149. Reimbursement to county; when; procedure.

The county shall be reimbursed for any medical assistance or health services by the spouse, father, or mother of any recipient if they or any of them are of sufficient ability. A proceeding may be instituted in any court of competent jurisdiction in this state against such relative for reimbursement of medical care or health services made to or on behalf of a recipient at any time prior to the expiration of one year after the date of the last assistance payment. Suit shall be instituted in the name of the county.

Source:Laws 1984, LB 886, § 7.


68-150. Application; right of subrogation.

An application for county general assistance or for county health services shall give a right of subrogation to the county furnishing such aid. Subject to sections 68-921 to 68-925, subrogation shall include every claim or right which the applicant may have against a third party when such right or claim involves money for medical care. The third party shall be liable to make payments directly to the county as soon as he or she is notified in writing of the valid claim for subrogation under this section.

Source:Laws 1984, LB 886, § 8; Laws 1988, LB 419, § 12; Laws 1989, LB 362, § 5; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 68.    


68-151. Employable recipients; legislative findings.

The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the increase in the number of recipients of county general assistance funds by employable recipients is a cause of great concern among county governments. County officials realize that a part of the recent increase in recipients was caused by the recent economic recession, especially in the rural areas of the state. Recognizing such increase and some of its causes, county officials wish to establish a program designed to encourage employable recipients to enroll in county-approved vocational, rehabilitation, or job training programs or to require employable recipients to perform community service in exchange for county general assistance. The establishment of such a program will result in more persons leading productive lives, less unemployment, and savings for the taxpayers of the state.

Source:Laws 1990, LB 422, § 1; Laws 1991, LB 227, § 1.


68-152. Employable recipients; programs authorized.

A county may develop, establish, and implement vocational, rehabilitation, job training, and community service programs for employable recipients.

Source:Laws 1990, LB 422, § 2; Laws 1991, LB 227, § 2.


68-153. Employable recipients; terms, defined.

For purposes of sections 68-151 to 68-155:

(1) Community service shall mean labor performed for a governmental agency, nonprofit corporation, or health care corporation;

(2) Employable recipient shall mean any individual who is eighteen years of age or older, who is receiving county general assistance pursuant to sections 68-131 to 68-148, who is not engaged in full-time employment or satisfactorily participating in a county-approved vocational, rehabilitation, job training, or community service program, and who is not rendered unable to work by illness or significant and substantial mental or physical incapacitation to the degree and of the duration that the illness or incapacitation prevents the person from performing designated vocational, rehabilitation, job training, or community service activities;

(3) Full-time employment shall mean being employed at least twenty-five hours per week and receiving wages, tips, and other compensation which meet the applicable federal minimum wage requirements; and

(4) Job training program shall mean vocational training in technical job skills and equivalent knowledge.

Source:Laws 1990, LB 422, § 3; Laws 1991, LB 227, § 3; Laws 2013, LB156, § 1.    


68-154. Employable recipients; rules and regulations.

Any county which establishes a vocational, rehabilitation, job training, or community service program shall adopt and promulgate written rules and regulations to ensure fair and equitable treatment of employable recipients of general assistance.

Source:Laws 1990, LB 422, § 4; Laws 1991, LB 227, § 4.


68-154.01. Employable recipient; community service required; exception.

(1) Any individual applying for general assistance who has completed a county-approved vocational, rehabilitation, or job training program within two years prior to the date of such application or who refuses or fails to participate in such a program may be required to participate in a county-approved community service program. Any employable recipient who has completed such a vocational, rehabilitation, or job training program and continues to be unemployed for a period of three calendar months from the date of completing such program may be required to participate in such a community service program.

(2) No individual who is a single parent and has legal custody of his or her child under six years of age shall be required to perform community service. No individual shall be required to participate in a county-approved community service program unless he or she has first been given the opportunity to participate in a county-approved vocational, rehabilitation, or job training program.

(3) The maximum number of hours of community service required of each employable recipient shall be determined by dividing the amount of his or her general assistance received in the calendar month by the federal minimum hourly wage. No individual shall be required to perform community service for more than eight hours in any one day or more than sixteen hours in one week.

(4) No individual required to perform community service pursuant to this section shall be denied general assistance for failure to participate in a county-approved community service program through no fault of his or her own.

Source:Laws 1991, LB 227, § 5.


68-154.02. Employable recipient; community service; costs; paid by county.

The cost of transportation of participants to community service projects, supervision, and necessary equipment shall be paid by the county.

Source:Laws 1991, LB 227, § 6.


68-154.03. Employable recipient; community service; participation; how construed.

Participation in a county-approved community service program shall not be construed as employment for purposes of Chapter 48. No employable recipient participating in such a community service program shall be deemed an employee of the county for purposes of the County Employees Retirement Act or for any other purpose.

Source:Laws 1991, LB 227, § 7.


Cross References

68-155. Employable recipients; ineligible; when; notice; appeal.

Any employable recipient who fails or refuses to participate in a county-approved vocational, rehabilitation, job training, or community service program shall be ineligible for continued general assistance for a period of three calendar months, except that any employable recipient denied general assistance pursuant to this section shall receive written notice of his or her ineligibility and shall have thirty days from the date of receipt of the written notice to appeal such decision. All such appeals shall be governed by sections 68-139 to 68-142.

Source:Laws 1990, LB 422, § 5; Laws 1991, LB 227, § 8.


68-156. Repealed. Laws 2013, LB 156, § 3.

68-157. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 1155, § 121.

68-158. Program to provide amino acid-based elemental formulas; Department of Health and Human Services; duties; report.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall establish a program to provide amino acid-based elemental formulas for the diagnosis and treatment of Immunoglobulin E and non-Immunoglobulin E mediated allergies to multiple food proteins, food-protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, eosinophilic disorders, and impaired absorption of nutrients caused by disorders affecting the absorptive surface, functional length, and motility of the gastrointestinal tract, when the ordering physician has issued a written order stating that the amino acid-based elemental formula is medically necessary for the treatment of a disease or disorder. Up to fifty percent of the actual out-of-pocket cost, not to exceed twelve thousand dollars, for amino acid-based elemental formulas shall be available to an individual without fees each twelve-month period. The department shall distribute funds on a first-come, first-served basis. Nothing in this section is deemed to be an entitlement. The maximum total General Fund expenditures per year for amino acid-based elemental formulas shall not exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars each fiscal year in FY2014-15 and FY2015-16. The Department of Health and Human Services shall provide an electronic report on the program to the Legislature annually on or before December 15 of each year.

Source:Laws 2014, LB254, § 3.    


68-201. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 237, § 11.

68-202. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-203. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-204. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-205. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-206. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-206.01. Repealed. Laws 1963, c. 340, § 1.

68-206.02. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-207. Repealed. Laws 1961, c. 328, § 1.

68-208. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-209. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-210. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-211. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-212. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-213. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-214. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 1155, § 121.

68-215. Repealed. Laws 1971, LB 130, § 2.

68-215.01. Repealed. Laws 1971, LB 130, § 2.

68-215.02. Repealed. Laws 1971, LB 130, § 2.

68-215.03. Repealed. Laws 1971, LB 130, § 2.

68-215.04. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-215.05. Repealed. Laws 1971, LB 130, § 2.

68-215.06. Repealed. Laws 1971, LB 130, § 2.

68-215.07. Repealed. Laws 1971, LB 130, § 2.

68-215.08. Repealed. Laws 1971, LB 130, § 2.

68-215.09. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-215.10. Repealed. Laws 1971, LB 130, § 2.

68-215.11. Repealed. Laws 1971, LB 130, § 2.

68-215.12. Repealed. Laws 1971, LB 130, § 2.

68-215.13. Repealed. Laws 1971, LB 130, § 2.

68-215.14. Repealed. Laws 1987, LB 3, § 3.

68-216. Transferred to section 68-1001.02.

68-217. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-218. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-219. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-220. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-221. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-222. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-223. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-224. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-225. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-226. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-227. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-228. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-229. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-230. Repealed. Laws 1959, c. 372, § 2.

68-301. State Assistance Fund; created; investment.

A fund to be known as the State Assistance Fund is created and established in the treasury of the State of Nebraska. Such fund shall consist of all money appropriated to it by the Legislature, allocated by the government of the United States, or donated or allocated from other sources. Any money in the fund available for investment shall be invested by the state investment officer pursuant to the Nebraska Capital Expansion Act and the Nebraska State Funds Investment Act.

Source:Laws 1935, Spec. Sess., c. 20, § 1, p. 134; Laws 1937, c. 188, § 1, p. 747; Laws 1939, c. 121, § 1, p. 509; Laws 1941, c. 174, § 1, p. 682; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 68-317; R.S.1943, § 68-301; Laws 1947, c. 144, § 15, p. 400; Laws 1959, c. 311, § 1, p. 1151; Laws 1965, c. 399, § 1, p. 1280; Laws 1969, c. 584, § 63, p. 2384; Laws 1995, LB 7, § 65.


Cross References

Annotations

68-302. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-303. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 237, § 11.

68-304. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 237, § 11.

68-305. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 237, § 11.

68-306. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 237, § 11.

68-307. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-308. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-309. Department of Health and Human Services; sole state agency for administration of welfare programs.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall be the sole agency of the State of Nebraska to administer the State Assistance Fund for assistance to the aged, blind, or disabled, aid to dependent children, medical assistance, medically handicapped children's services, child welfare services, and such other assistance and services as may be made available to the State of Nebraska by the government of the United States.

Source:Laws 1935, Spec. Sess., c. 20, § 7, p. 136; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 68-323; R.S.1943, § 68-309; Laws 1951, c. 216, § 1, p. 780; Laws 1963, c. 388, § 2, p. 1238; Laws 1965, c. 399, § 2, p. 1280; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 28; Laws 1985, LB 249, § 2; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 294; Laws 2007, LB296, § 239.    


68-310. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-310.01. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-310.02. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-311. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-312. Department of Health and Human Services; rules and regulations; records and other communications; use by other agency or department.

The Department of Health and Human Services has the power to establish and enforce reasonable rules and regulations governing the custody, use, and preservation of the records, papers, files, and communications of the state. The use of such records, papers, files, and communications by any other agency or department of government to which they may be furnished shall be limited to the purposes for which they are furnished.

Source:Laws 1941, c. 174, § 3, p. 684; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 68-340; R.S.1943, § 68-312; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 29; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 295; Laws 2007, LB296, § 240.    


68-313. Records and information; use and disclosure; limitations.

It shall be unlawful, except as permitted by section 68-313.01 and except for purposes directly connected with the administration of general assistance, medically handicapped children's services, medical assistance, assistance to the aged, blind, or disabled, or aid to dependent children, and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services, for any person or persons to solicit, disclose, receive, make use of, authorize, knowingly permit, participate in, or acquiesce in the use of, any list of or names of, any information concerning, or persons applying for or receiving such aid or assistance, directly or indirectly derived from the records, papers, files, or communications of the state, or subdivisions or agencies thereof, or acquired in the course of the performance of official duties.

Source:Laws 1941, c. 174, § 3, p. 684; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 68-340; R.S.1943, § 68-313; Laws 1953, c. 234, § 1(1), p. 813; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 30; Laws 1985, LB 249, § 3; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 296; Laws 2007, LB296, § 241.    


Annotations

68-313.01. Records and information; access by the Legislature and state and county officials; open to public; limitation.

Members of the Nebraska Legislature and all state and county officials of this state shall have free access at all times to all records and information in connection with the aid and assistance referred to in section 68-313. The public shall have free access to all information concerning lists of names and amounts of payments which appear on any financial records, except that no lists shall be used for commercial or political purposes.

Source:Laws 1941, c. 174, § 3, p. 684; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 68-340; R.S.1943, § 68-313; Laws 1953, c. 234, § 1(1), p. 813; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 30; Laws 1983, LB 604, § 22.


Annotations

68-314. Violations; penalty.

Any person who knowingly violates the provisions of section 68-313 shall be deemed guilty of a Class III misdemeanor.

Source:Laws 1941, c. 174, § 3, p. 684; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 68-340; R.S.1943, § 68-314; Laws 1977, LB 39, § 126.


68-315. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-316. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 237, § 11.

68-317. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-318. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-319. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-320. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-321. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-322. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-322.01. Repealed. Laws 1977, LB 312, § 9.

68-323. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-324. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 237, § 11.

68-325. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 399, § 4.

68-326. Transferred to section 68-702.01.

68-327. Repealed. Laws 1961, c. 415, § 38.

68-328. Assistance; application; furnish with reasonable promptness.

All individuals desiring to make an application for any type of public assistance shall have an opportunity to do so, and public assistance shall be furnished with reasonable promptness to all eligible individuals.

Source:Laws 1951, c. 210, § 1, p. 772; Laws 1965, c. 399, § 3, p. 1281.


68-329. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-401. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 237, § 11.

68-402. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-403. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-404. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-404.01. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-405. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-406. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-407. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-408. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-409. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-410. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-411. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-412. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-413. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-414. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-415. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-416. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-417. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-418. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-419. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-420. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-421. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-422. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-423. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-501. Repealed. Laws 1949, c. 193, § 9.

68-502. Repealed. Laws 1949, c. 193, § 9.

68-503. Repealed. Laws 1949, c. 193, § 9.

68-504. Repealed. Laws 1949, c. 193, § 9.

68-505. Repealed. Laws 1949, c. 193, § 9.

68-506. Repealed. Laws 1949, c. 193, § 9.

68-507. Repealed. Laws 1949, c. 193, § 9.

68-508. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 250, § 2.

68-509. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 250, § 2.

68-510. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 250, § 2.

68-511. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 250, § 2.

68-512. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 250, § 2.

68-513. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 250, § 2.

68-514. Repealed. Laws 1953, c. 250, § 2.

68-515. Repealed. Laws 1955, c. 263, § 1.

68-601. Social security; policy.

(1) In order to extend to the employees of the state and its political subdivisions and to the dependents and survivors of such employees the basic protection accorded to others by the old age and survivors insurance system embodied in the Social Security Act, it is hereby declared to be the policy of the Legislature, subject to the limitations of sections 68-601 to 68-631, that such steps be taken as to provide such protection to employees of the State of Nebraska and its political subdivisions on as broad a basis as is permitted under the act.

(2) In conformity with the policy of the Congress of the United States of America, it is hereby declared to be the policy of the State of Nebraska that the protection afforded employees in positions covered by retirement systems on the date the state agreement is made applicable to service performed in such positions or receiving periodic benefits under such retirement systems at such time will not be impaired as a result of making the agreement so applicable or as a result of legislative or executive action taken in anticipation or in consequence thereof and that the benefits provided by the Social Security Act and made available to employees of the State of Nebraska and of political subdivisions thereof or instrumentalities jointly created by the state and any other state or states, who are or may be members of a retirement system, shall be supplementary to the benefits provided by such retirement system.

Source:Laws 1951, c. 297, § 1, p. 977; Laws 1955, c. 264, § 1, p. 812; Laws 1990, LB 820, § 1; Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 8;    Laws 2010, LB684, § 1.    


Annotations

68-602. Terms, defined.

For purposes of sections 68-601 to 68-631, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) Wages shall mean all remuneration for employment, including the cash value of all remuneration paid in any medium other than cash, except that wages shall not include that part of such remuneration which, even if it were for employment within the meaning of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, would not constitute wages within the meaning of the act;

(2) Employment shall mean any service performed by an employee in the employ of the State of Nebraska or any political subdivision thereof for such employer except (a) service which, in the absence of an agreement entered into under sections 68-601 to 68-631, would constitute employment as defined in the Social Security Act or (b) service which under the act may not be included in an agreement between the state and the Secretary of Health and Human Services entered into under sections 68-601 to 68-631. Service which under the act may be included in an agreement only upon certification by the Governor in accordance with section 218(d)(3) of the act shall be included in the term employment if and when the Governor issues, with respect to such service, a certificate to the Secretary of Health and Human Services pursuant to subsection (2) of section 68-624;

(3) Employee shall include an officer of the state or a political subdivision thereof;

(4) State agency shall mean the Director of Administrative Services;

(5) Secretary of Health and Human Services shall include any individual to whom the Secretary of Health and Human Services has delegated any functions under the Social Security Act with respect to coverage under such act of employees of states and their political subdivisions and, with respect to any action taken prior to April 11, 1953, includes the Federal Security Administrator and any individual to whom such administrator had delegated any such function;

(6) Political subdivision shall include an instrumentality of the state, of one or more of its political subdivisions, or of the state and one or more of its political subdivisions, but only if such instrumentality is a juristic entity which is essentially legally separate and distinct from the state or subdivision and only if its employees are not by virtue of their relation to such juristic entity employees of the state or subdivision;

(7) Social Security Act shall mean the Act of Congress approved August 14, 1935, Chapter 531, 49 Stat. 620, officially cited as the Social Security Act, including regulations and requirements issued pursuant thereto, as such act has been amended or recodified to December 25, 1969, and may from time to time hereafter be amended or recodified; and

(8) Federal Insurance Contributions Act shall mean Chapter 21, subchapters A, B, and C of the Internal Revenue Code, and the term employee tax shall mean the tax imposed by section 3101 of such code.

Source:Laws 1951, c. 297, § 2, p. 978; Laws 1955, c. 264, § 2, p. 813; Laws 1969, c. 536, § 1, p. 2181; Laws 1977, LB 194, § 1; Laws 1984, LB 933, § 2; Laws 1990, LB 820, § 2; Laws 1995, LB 574, § 57; Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 9;    Laws 2010, LB684, § 2.    


Annotations

68-603. Agreement with federal government; state agency; approval of Governor.

The state agency, with the approval of the Governor, is hereby authorized to enter, on behalf of the State of Nebraska, into an agreement with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, consistent with the terms and provisions of sections 68-601 to 68-631, for the purpose of extending the benefits of the federal old age and survivors' insurance system to employees of the state or any political subdivision thereof with respect to services specified in such agreement which constitute employment. The state agency, with the approval of the Governor, is further authorized to enter, on behalf of the State of Nebraska, into such modifications and amendments to such agreement with the Secretary of Health and Human Services as shall be consistent with the terms and provisions of sections 68-601 to 68-631 if such modification or amendment is necessary or desirable to secure the benefits and exemptions allowable to the State of Nebraska or any political subdivision thereof or to any employee of the State of Nebraska or any political subdivision thereof provided by the Social Security Act, the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, or the employee tax. Such agreement may contain such provisions relating to coverage, benefits, contributions, effective date, modification and termination of the agreement, administration, and other appropriate provisions as the state agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services shall agree upon, but, except as may be otherwise required by or under the Social Security Act as to the services to be covered, such agreement shall provide in effect that:

(1) Benefits will be provided for employees whose services are covered by the agreement and their dependents and survivors on the same basis as though such services constituted employment within the meaning of Title II of the Social Security Act;

(2) The state will pay to the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, at such time or times as may be prescribed under the Social Security Act, contributions with respect to wages equal to the sum of the taxes which would be imposed by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act if the services covered by the agreement constituted employment within the meaning of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act;

(3) Such agreement shall be effective with respect to services in employment covered by the agreement performed after a date specified in the agreement, but in no event may it be effective with respect to any such services performed prior to the first day of the calendar year in which such agreement is entered into or in which the modification of the agreement making it applicable to such services is entered into, except that if a political subdivision made reports and payments for social security coverage of its employees to the Internal Revenue Service under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act in the mistaken belief that such action provided coverage for the employees, such agreement shall be effective as of the first day of the first calendar quarter for which such reports were erroneously filed;

(4) All services which constitute employment and are performed in the employ of the state by employees of the state shall be covered by the agreement;

(5) All services which constitute employment, are performed in the employ of a political subdivision of the state, and are covered by a plan which is in conformity with the terms of the agreement and has been approved by the state agency under sections 68-608 to 68-611 shall be covered by the agreement;

(6) As modified, the agreement shall include all services described in either subdivision (4) or (5) of this section or both of such subdivisions and performed by individuals to whom section 218(c)(3)(c) of the Social Security Act is applicable and shall provide that the service of any such individual shall continue to be covered by the agreement in case he or she thereafter becomes eligible to be a member of a retirement system; and

(7) As modified, the agreement shall include all services described in either subdivision (4) or (5) of this section or both of such subdivisions and performed by individuals in positions covered by a retirement system with respect to which the Governor has issued a certificate to the Secretary of Health and Human Services pursuant to subsection (2) of section 68-624.

Source:Laws 1951, c. 297, § 3(1), p. 979; Laws 1955, c. 264, § 3, p. 814; Laws 1969, c. 536, § 2, p. 2183; Laws 1979, LB 576, § 1; Laws 1984, LB 933, § 3; Laws 1990, LB 820, § 3; Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 10;    Laws 2010, LB684, § 3.    


68-604. Agreement with federal government; instrumentality jointly created with other state.

Any instrumentality jointly created by this state and any other state or states is hereby authorized, upon the granting of like authority by such other state or states, (1) to enter into an agreement with the Secretary of Health and Human Services whereby the benefits of the federal old age and survivors' insurance system shall be extended to employees of such instrumentality, (2) to require its employees to pay, and for that purpose to deduct from their wages, contributions equal to the amounts which they would be required to pay under section 68-605 if they were covered by an agreement made pursuant to section 68-603, and (3) to make payments to the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States in accordance with such agreement, including payments from its own funds, and otherwise to comply with such agreements. Such an agreement shall, to the extent practicable, be consistent with the terms and provisions of section 68-603 and other provisions of sections 68-601 to 68-631.

Source:Laws 1951, c. 297, § 3(2), p. 980; Laws 1955, c. 264, § 4, p. 816; Laws 1984, LB 933, § 4; Laws 1990, LB 820, § 4; Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 11;    Laws 2010, LB684, § 4.    


68-605. Contributions by state employees; amount.

Every employee of the state whose services are covered by an agreement entered into under sections 68-603 and 68-604 shall be required to pay for the period of such coverage, contributions, with respect to wages, as defined in section 68-602, equal to the amount of tax which would be imposed by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act if such services constituted employment within the meaning of that act. Such liability shall arise in consideration of the employee's retention in the service of the state, or his or her entry upon such service, after the enactment of sections 68-601 to 68-631.

Source:Laws 1951, c. 297, § 4(1), p. 980; Laws 1955, c. 264, § 5, p. 817; Laws 1987, LB 3, § 1; Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 12;    Laws 2010, LB684, § 5.    


68-606. Contribution by state employees; collection.

The contribution imposed by section 68-605 shall be collected by deducting the amount of the contribution from wages as and when paid, but failure to make such deduction shall not relieve the employee from liability for such contribution.

Source:Laws 1951, c. 297, § 4(2), p. 981.


68-607. Contribution by state employees; adjustments.

If more or less than the correct amount of the contribution imposed by section 68-605 is paid or deducted with respect to any remuneration, proper adjustments, or refund if adjustment is impracticable, shall be made, without interest, in such manner and at such times as the state agency shall prescribe.

Source:Laws 1951, c. 297, § 4(3), p. 981.


68-608. Coverage by political subdivisions; plan; modification; approval by state agency.

Unless otherwise provided for by sections 68-601 to 68-631, each political subdivision of the state is hereby authorized to submit for approval by the state agency a plan for extending the benefits of Title II of the Social Security Act, in conformity with applicable provisions of such act, to employees of such political subdivision and is hereby further authorized to submit for approval by the state agency any modification or amendment to any then existing plan if such modification or amendment is necessary or desirable to secure the benefits and exemptions allowable to such political subdivisions thereof or to any employee of the political subdivision in conformity with Title II of the act. Each such plan and any amendment thereof shall be approved by the state agency if it finds that such plan or such plan as amended is in conformity with such requirements as are provided in regulations of the state agency, except that no such plan shall be approved unless: (1) It is in conformity with the requirements of the act and with the agreement entered into under sections 68-603 and 68-604; (2) it provides that all services which constitute employment and are performed in the employ of the political subdivision by employees thereof will be covered by the plan; (3) it specifies the source or sources from which the funds necessary to make the payments required by subsection (1) of section 68-610 and by section 68-611 are expected to be derived and contains reasonable assurance that such sources will be adequate for such purpose; (4) it provides for such methods of administration of the plan by the political subdivision as are found by the state agency to be necessary for the proper and efficient administration of the plan; (5) it provides that the political subdivision will make such reports in such form and containing such information as the state agency may from time to time require and will comply with such provisions as the state agency or the Secretary of Health and Human Services may from time to time find necessary to assure the correctness and verification of such reports; and (6) it authorizes the state agency to terminate the plan in its entirety, in the discretion of the state agency, if it finds that there has been a failure to comply substantially with any provision contained in such plan, such termination to take effect at the expiration of such notice and on such conditions as may be provided by regulations of the state agency and may be consistent with the provisions of the act.

Source:Laws 1951, c. 297, § 5(1), p. 981; Laws 1955, c. 264, § 6, p. 817; Laws 1969, c. 536, § 3, p. 2184; Laws 1984, LB 933, § 5; Laws 1990, LB 820, § 5; Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 13;    Laws 2010, LB684, § 6.    


68-609. Coverage by political subdivisions; refusal, amendment, or termination of plan; notice; hearing.

The state agency shall not finally refuse to approve a plan submitted by a political subdivision under section 68-608, nor any proposed amendment to such plan, and shall not terminate an approved plan, without reasonable notice and opportunity for hearing to the political subdivision affected thereby, nor with respect to the employees of such a political subdivision who are members of a retirement system, until such political subdivision has proposed and adopted a method that is acceptable to the members concerned of protecting the retirement rights and expectancies of such members.

Source:Laws 1951, c. 297, § 5(2), p. 982; Laws 1955, c. 264, § 7, p. 818; Laws 1969, c. 536, § 4, p. 2186.


68-610. Coverage by political subdivisions; amount; payment.

(1) Each political subdivision as to which a plan has been approved under sections 68-608 to 68-611 or prepared under section 68-625 shall be required to pay for the period of such coverage, contributions in the amounts and at the rates specified in the applicable agreement entered into by the state agency under sections 68-603 and 68-604.

(2) Each political subdivision required to make payments under section 68-609 is authorized, in consideration of the employee's retention in or entry upon employment after enactment of sections 68-601 to 68-631, to impose upon each of its employees, as to services which are covered by an approved plan, a contribution with respect to his or her wages not exceeding the amount of tax which would be imposed by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act if such services constituted employment within the meaning of the act and to deduct the amount of such contribution from his or her wages as and when paid. Failure to deduct such contribution shall not relieve the employee or employer of liability therefor.

Source:Laws 1951, c. 297, § 5(3), p. 982; Laws 1955, c. 264, § 8, p. 819; Laws 1990, LB 820, § 6; Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 14;    Laws 2010, LB684, § 7.    


68-611. Coverage by political subdivisions; delinquent payments; penalty; collection.

Delinquent payments due under subsection (1) of section 68-610, plus one-half the amount of the delinquent payment, may be recovered by action in a court of competent jurisdiction against the political subdivision liable therefor or may, at the request of the state agency, be deducted from any other money payable to such subdivision by any department or agency of the state.

Source:Laws 1951, c. 297, § 5(4), p. 983; Laws 1953, c. 236, § 1, p. 816.


68-612. Repealed. Laws 2010, LB 684, § 13.

68-613. Repealed. Laws 2010, LB 684, § 13.

68-614. Repealed. Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 31.

68-615. Repealed. Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 31.

68-616. Repealed. Laws 1987, LB 3, § 3.

68-617. Repealed. Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 31.

68-618. Repealed. Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 31.

68-619. Repealed. Laws 1961, c. 284, § 1.

68-620. Cities and villages; special levy; addition to levy limitations; contribution to state agency.

Notwithstanding any tax levy limitations contained in any other law or city home rule charter, when any city or village of this state elects to accept the provisions of sections 68-601 to 68-631 relating to old age and survivors insurance and enters into a written agreement with the state agency as provided in such sections, the city or village shall levy a tax, in addition to all other taxes, in order to defray the cost of such city or village in meeting the obligations arising by reason of such written agreement, and the revenue raised by such special levy shall be used for no other purpose.

Source:Laws 1951, c. 296, § 1, p. 976; Laws 1955, c. 264, § 14, p. 821; Laws 1971, LB 667, § 1; Laws 1979, LB 187, § 181; Laws 1990, LB 820, § 10; Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 17;    Laws 2010, LB684, § 8.    


68-620.01. Transferred to section 18-1221.

68-621. Terms, defined.

(1) A referendum group, as referred to in sections 68-621 to 68-630, shall consist of the employees of the state, a single political subdivision of this state, or any instrumentality jointly created by this state and any other state or states, the employees of which are or may be members of a retirement system covering such employees, except that: (a) The employees of the University of Nebraska shall constitute a referendum group; (b) the employees of a Class V school district shall constitute a referendum group; (c) all employees of the State of Nebraska who are or may be members of the School Employees Retirement System of the State of Nebraska, including employees of institutions operated by the Board of Trustees of the Nebraska State Colleges, employees of institutions operated by the Department of Correctional Services and the Department of Health and Human Services, and employees subordinate to the State Board of Education, shall constitute a referendum group; and (d) all employees of school districts of the State of Nebraska, county superintendents, and county school administrators, who are or may be members of the School Employees Retirement System of the State of Nebraska, shall constitute a single referendum group.

(2) The managing authority of a political subdivision or educational institution shall be the board, committee, or council having general authority over a political subdivision, university, college, or school district whose employees constitute or are included in a referendum group; the managing authority of the state shall be the Governor; and insofar as sections 68-601 to 68-631 may be applicable to county superintendents and county school administrators, managing authority shall mean the board of county commissioners or county supervisors of the county in which the county superintendent was elected or with which the county school administrator contracted.

(3) Eligible employees, as referred to in sections 68-621 to 68-630, shall mean those employees of the state or any political subdivision thereof who at or during the time of voting in a referendum as herein provided are in positions covered by a retirement system, are members of such retirement system, and were in such positions at the time of giving of the notice of such referendum, as herein required, except that no such employee shall be considered an eligible employee if at the time of such voting such employee is in a position to which the state agreement applies or if such employee is in service in a police officer or firefighter position.

(4) State agreement, as referred to in sections 68-621 to 68-630, shall mean the agreement between the State of Nebraska and the designated officer of the United States of America entered into pursuant to section 68-603.

Source:Laws 1955, c. 264, § 15, p. 821; Laws 1969, c. 537, § 1, p. 2187; Laws 1973, LB 563, § 6; Laws 1988, LB 802, § 6; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 297; Laws 1999, LB 272, § 20;    Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 18;    Laws 2010, LB684, § 9;    Laws 2011, LB509, § 13.    


68-622. Referendum; persons eligible to vote; Governor; powers.

(1) All employees of the State of Nebraska or any political subdivision thereof or any instrumentality jointly created by this state and any other state or states who have heretofore been excluded from receiving or qualifying for benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act because of membership in a retirement system may, when sections 68-621 to 68-630 have been complied with, vote at a referendum upon the question of whether service in positions covered by such retirement system should be excluded from or included under the state agreement, except that if such a referendum has been conducted and certified in accordance with section 218(d)(3) of the Social Security Act, as amended in 1954, prior to May 18, 1955, then no further referendum shall be required, but this shall not prohibit the conducting of such further referendum.

(2) The Governor may authorize a referendum and designate any agency or individual to supervise its conduct, in accordance with the requirements of section 218(d)(3) of the Social Security Act, on the question of whether service in positions covered by a retirement system established by the state or by a political subdivision thereof should be excluded from or included under an agreement under sections 68-601 to 68-631.

Source:Laws 1955, c. 264, § 16, p. 822; Laws 1990, LB 820, § 11; Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 19;    Laws 2010, LB684, § 10.    


68-623. Referendum; how conducted.

Such referendum shall comply with the conditions set out in section 218(d)(3) of the Social Security Act, and: (1) It shall be by secret written ballot upon the question of whether service in positions covered by such retirement system should be excluded from or included under the state agreement; (2) an opportunity to vote in such referendum shall be given, and shall be limited, to eligible employees; (3) not less than ninety days' notice of such referendum shall be given to all such employees; and (4) such referendum shall be conducted under the supervision of the Governor, or an agency or individual designated by him.

Source:Laws 1955, c. 264, § 17, p. 823.


68-624. Referendum; completion; certification; notice; contents.

(1) Upon completion of such referendum, the agency or individual designated by the Governor to supervise such referendum shall certify the result thereof to the Governor and shall further provide the Governor with such proof as the Governor may require that the conduct of the referendum met the requirements set forth in section 68-623.

(2) Upon receipt of the certificate mentioned in subsection (1) of this section and the additional proof submitted therewith, the Governor shall, if the result of such referendum is favorable to the inclusion of service covered by the retirement system in question under the state agreement, prepare and submit to the Secretary of Health and Human Services the certificate required by section 218(d)(3) of the Social Security Act and shall further notify the state agency forthwith of the result of such referendum, whether such result is favorable or unfavorable to such inclusion.

(3) The state agency shall, within seven days after the receipt of notice of the result of any such referendum as provided for in subsection (2) of this section, give notice thereof to each managing authority, as defined in subsection (2) of section 68-621, whose employees, or some of whose employees, are included in the referendum group, as defined in subsection (1) of section 68-621, participating in such referendum. Such notice shall include a designation of the employees subordinate to such managing authority affected by such referendum and shall be given to such managing authorities by prepaid United States mail by either registered or certified letter addressed to such managing authority with a return receipt requested.

Source:Laws 1955, c. 264, § 18, p. 823; Laws 1957, c. 242, § 50, p. 861; Laws 1984, LB 933, § 7.


68-625. Referendum; state agency; prepare plan; modification of state agreement.

If, upon referendum, a majority of the eligible employees included in a referendum group which is defined in section 68-621 vote in favor of including service in positions included in such group under the state agreement, the state agency shall, within ninety days after the mailing of notice of the result of such referendum, prepare a plan for extending the benefits of Title II of the Social Security Act to such employees. Such plan shall meet the requirements of section 68-608 and shall inform the managing authority or authorities whose employees are included in such group of the provisions of such plan. Upon completion of such plan, the state agency shall apply for a modification of the state agreement to make it applicable to services performed by the employees of the state or of such political subdivision or educational institution eligible for inclusion under such agreement. The state agency may prepare such applications for modification to cover one or more such plans as it deems advisable, except that the state agency shall not delay application for such modification more than six months after the preparation of any plan as set forth in this section. The state agency may require any such managing authority to furnish any information necessary for the preparation of such plan by the state agency.

Source:Laws 1955, c. 264, § 19, p. 824; Laws 1988, LB 802, § 7.


68-626. Referendum; state agency; forms; make available; aid political subdivisions.

The state agency shall prepare and make available for the use of the state, its political subdivisions, and instrumentalities of the state and any other state or states, forms of notices, ballots, and any other forms necessary for the conduct of the referendum provided for in sections 68-621 to 68-630, and shall aid in the completion and preparation of such instruments by the officers of referendum groups and shall provide advice and assistance to officers of the state, political subdivisions thereof, and instrumentalities of the state and other states jointly, relative to the preparation for and conduct of such referendums, and relative to the preparation and submission of plans for the extension of benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act to the employees thereof.

Source:Laws 1955, c. 264, § 20, p. 825.


68-627. Referendum; supervision.

The Governor or some agency or individual designated by him or her shall, at such time or times and places and in such manner as the Governor or such agency or individual shall determine, conduct and supervise referendums as provided by sections 68-621 to 68-630 among the eligible employees included in the referendum groups referred to in section 68-621.

Source:Laws 1955, c. 264, § 21, p. 825; Laws 1988, LB 802, § 8.


68-628. Repealed. Laws 1988, LB 802, § 41.

68-629. Referendum; Governor; appointment of agency to conduct; cost; payment.

Upon written request made by the managing authority of any referendum group, other than those referendum groups mentioned in section 68-621, and delivered to the Governor, the Governor, shall, within fifteen days after the receipt of such request, appoint the managing authority, or such other agency or individual, as he may designate, to conduct a referendum as provided by the provisions of sections 68-621 to 68-630 among the eligible employees included in such referendum group within four months of the date of such appointment. The cost of such a referendum shall be paid by the managing authority making the request.

Source:Laws 1955, c. 264, § 23, p. 826.


68-630. Political subdivisions; delinquency in payment; manner of collection.

In addition to other remedies provided for the collection or recovery of delinquent payments due under section 68-610, the state agency may, in the event of any such delinquency, notify the county treasurer of the appropriate county to withhold payment to the delinquent political subdivision of any funds in the hands of such county treasurer to which such delinquent political subdivision would otherwise be entitled. The notice referred to shall be sent to the county treasurer by certified or registered mail, and a copy of such notice shall be sent by ordinary mail to the secretary of the delinquent political subdivision. The county treasurer shall thereafter withhold payments in the manner provided in this section until notified by the state agency that the delinquency has been corrected.

Source:Laws 1955, c. 264, § 24, p. 826; Laws 1987, LB 93, § 17.


68-631. Metropolitan utilities district; social security; employees; separate group; referendum; effect.

Sections 68-601 to 68-631 and any amendments thereto shall, except as otherwise provided in this section, be applicable to metropolitan utilities districts and employees and appointees of metropolitan utilities districts. The state agency contemplated in such sections is authorized to enter, on behalf of the State of Nebraska, into an agreement with any authorized agent of the United States Government for the purpose of extending the benefits of the Federal Old Age and Survivors' Insurance system, as amended by Public Law 761, approved September 1, 1954, to the appointees and employees of each metropolitan utilities district, and all of the appointees and employees covered by a contributory retirement plan are hereby declared to be a separate group for the purposes of referendum and subsequent coverage. Metropolitan utilities districts are hereby declared to be political subdivisions as defined in section 68-602, and the Governor is authorized to appoint the board of directors of any metropolitan utilities district as the agency designated by him or her to supervise any referendum required to be conducted under the Social Security Act and is authorized to make any certifications required by the act to be made to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Source:Laws 1955, c. 25, § 2, p. 118; Laws 1984, LB 933, § 8; Laws 1990, LB 820, § 12; Laws 2000, LB 1216, § 20;    Laws 2010, LB684, § 11.    


68-632. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 592, § 2.

68-633. Repealed. Laws 1986, LB 878, § 2.

68-701. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 985.

68-701.01. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 985.

68-701.02. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 985.

68-701.03. Repealed. Laws 1993, LB 109, § 1.

68-702. Repealed. Laws 1961, c. 415, § 38.

68-702.01. Repealed. Laws 1990, LB 1067, § 2.

68-702.02. Repealed. Laws 1990, LB 1067, § 2.

68-702.03. Repealed. Laws 1990, LB 1067, § 2.

68-702.04. Repealed. Laws 1967, c. 253, § 4.

68-703. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 985.

68-703.01. Department of Health and Human Services; federal funds; expenditures; authorized.

The Department of Health and Human Services has the authority to use any funds which may be made available through an agency of the government of the United States to reimburse any county of this state, either in whole or in part, for the following expenditures: (1) Employment of staff whose duties involve the giving or strengthening of services to children, (2) the return of any nonresident child to his or her place of residence when such child shall be found in the county, and (3) the temporary cost of board and care of a needy child who by necessity requires care in a foster home.

Source:Laws 1959, c. 312, § 1, p. 1152; Laws 1961, c. 415, § 16, p. 1254; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 298; Laws 2007, LB296, § 242.    


68-704. Repealed. Laws 2000, LB 889, § 1.

68-705. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-706. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-707. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-708. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-709. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-709.01. Repealed. Laws 1981, LB 497, § 1.

68-710. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 592, § 2.

68-711. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 592, § 2.

68-712. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 592, § 2.

68-713. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 592, § 2.

68-714. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 592, § 2.

68-715. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 592, § 2.

68-716. Department of Health and Human Services; medical assistance; right of subrogation.

An application for medical assistance shall give a right of subrogation to the Department of Health and Human Services or its assigns. Subject to sections 68-921 to 68-925, subrogation shall include every claim or right which the applicant may have against a third party when such right or claim involves money for medical care. The third party shall be liable to make payments directly to the department or its assigns as soon as he or she is notified in writing of the valid claim for subrogation under this section.

Source:Laws 1976, LB 239, § 1; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 35; Laws 1988, LB 419, § 14; Laws 1989, LB 362, § 7; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 300; Laws 1996, LB 1155, § 22; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 69;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 243.    


Annotations

68-717. Department of Health and Human Services; assume responsibility for public assistance programs.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall assume the responsibility for all public assistance, including aid to families with dependent children, emergency assistance, assistance to the aged, blind, or disabled, medically handicapped children's services, commodities, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and medical assistance.

Source:Laws 1982, LB 522, § 33; Laws 1983, LB 604, § 23; Laws 1985, LB 249, § 4; Laws 1989, LB 362, § 8; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 301; Laws 2007, LB296, § 244;    Laws 2009, LB288, § 17.    


68-718. Furniture, property, personnel; transferred to Department of Health and Human Services; personnel, how treated.

All furniture, equipment, books, files, records, and personnel utilized by the county divisions or boards of public welfare for the administration of public assistance programs shall be transferred and delivered to the Department of Health and Human Services. The transferred employees shall not lose any accrued benefits or status due to the transfer and shall receive the same benefits as other state employees, including participation in the State Employees Retirement Fund.

Source:Laws 1982, LB 522, § 34; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 302; Laws 2007, LB296, § 245.    


Annotations

68-719. Certain vendor payments prohibited.

No payments shall be made to any vendor, under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, as reimbursement for dues for any educational or professional association.

Source:Laws 1982, LB 933, § 6.


68-720. Aid to dependent children; child care subsidy program; administrative disqualification; intentional program violation; disqualification period.

(1) The Department of Health and Human Services shall establish an administrative disqualification process for the aid to dependent children program described in section 43-512 and the child care subsidy program established pursuant to section 68-1202. The department may initiate an administrative disqualification proceeding when it has reason to believe, on the basis of sufficient documentary evidence, that an individual has committed an intentional program violation. Proceedings under this section shall be subject to the Administrative Procedure Act.

(2) If an individual is found to have committed an intentional program violation, a period of disqualification shall be imposed. The period may be determined by the Department of Health and Human Services after an administrative disqualification hearing or without a hearing if the individual waives his or her right to such hearing. The period of disqualification shall be: (a) For a first violation, up to one year; (b) for a second violation, up to two years; and (c) for a third violation, permanent disqualification. The penalties described in this subsection shall also be imposed if the individual is found by a court to have violated section 68-1017.

(3) For the aid to dependent children program, only the individual found to have committed the intentional program violation shall be disqualified under this section. For the child care subsidy program, the individual found to have committed the intentional violation shall disqualify such individual and his or her family under this section. The department shall inform each applicant in writing of the penalties described in this section for intentional program violations each time an application for benefits is made to either program.

(4) For purposes of this section, intentional program violation means any action by an individual to intentionally (a) make a false statement, either verbally or in writing, to obtain benefits to which the individual is not entitled, (b) conceal information to obtain benefits to which the individual is not entitled, or (c) alter one or more documents to obtain benefits to which the individual is not entitled.

(5) The department may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to carry out this section.

Source:Laws 2008, LB797, § 30.    


Cross References

68-721. Repealed. Laws 2015, LB 6, § 1.

68-722. Repealed. Laws 1990, LB 820, § 13.

68-723. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 985.

68-724. Repealed. Laws 1999, LB 13, § 1.

68-801. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-802. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-803. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-804. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-804.01. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-805. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-806. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-807. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-808. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-809. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-810. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-811. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-812. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-813. Repealed. Laws 1965, c. 395, § 27.

68-901. Medical Assistance Act; act, how cited.

Sections 68-901 to 68-976 shall be known and may be cited as the Medical Assistance Act.

Source:Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 1;    Laws 2008, LB830, § 1;    Laws 2009, LB27, § 1;    Laws 2009, LB288, § 18;    Laws 2009, LB342, § 1;    Laws 2009, LB396, § 1;    Laws 2010, LB1106, § 1;    Laws 2011, LB525, § 1;    Laws 2012, LB541, § 1;    Laws 2012, LB599, § 2;    Laws 2015, LB500, § 1;    Laws 2016, LB698, § 15.    
Operative Date: March 31, 2016


Annotations

68-902. Purposes of act.

The purposes of the Medical Assistance Act are to (1) reorganize and recodify statutes relating to the medical assistance program, (2) provide for implementation of the Medicaid Reform Plan, (3) clarify public policy relating to the medical assistance program, (4) provide for administration of the medical assistance program within the department, and (5) provide for legislative oversight and public comment regarding the medical assistance program.

Source:Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 2.    


68-903. Medical assistance program; established.

The medical assistance program is established, which shall also be known as medicaid.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 397, § 3, p. 1277; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1018; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 3.    


Annotations

68-904. Legislative findings.

The Legislature finds that (1) many low-income Nebraska residents have health care and related needs and are unable, without assistance, to meet such needs, (2) publicly funded medical assistance provides essential coverage for necessary health care and related services for eligible low-income Nebraska children, pregnant women and families, aged persons, and persons with disabilities, (3) publicly funded medical assistance alone cannot meet all of the health care and related needs of all low-income Nebraska residents, (4) the State of Nebraska cannot sustain a rate of growth in medical assistance expenditures that exceeds the rate of growth of General Fund revenue, (5) policies must be established for the medical assistance program that will effectively address the health care and related needs of eligible recipients and effectively moderate the growth of medical assistance expenditures, and (6) publicly funded medical assistance must be integrated with other public and private health care and related initiatives providing access to health care and related services for Nebraska residents.

Source:Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 4.    


68-905. Program of medical assistance; statement of public policy.

It is the public policy of the State of Nebraska to provide a program of medical assistance on behalf of eligible low-income Nebraska residents that (1) assists eligible recipients to access necessary and appropriate health care and related services, (2) emphasizes prevention, early intervention, and the provision of health care and related services in the least restrictive environment consistent with the health care and related needs of the recipients of such services, (3) emphasizes personal independence, self-sufficiency, and freedom of choice, (4) emphasizes personal responsibility and accountability for the payment of health care and related expenses and the appropriate utilization of health care and related services, (5) cooperates with public and private sector entities to promote the public health, (6) cooperates with providers, public and private employers, and private sector insurers in providing access to health care and related services and encouraging and supporting the development and utilization of alternatives to publicly funded medical assistance for such services, (7) is appropriately managed and fiscally sustainable, and (8) qualifies for federal matching funds under federal law.

Source:Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 5.    


68-906. Medical assistance; state accepts federal provisions.

For purposes of paying medical assistance under the Medical Assistance Act and sections 68-1002 and 68-1006, the State of Nebraska accepts and assents to all applicable provisions of Title XIX and Title XXI of the federal Social Security Act. Any reference in the Medical Assistance Act to the federal Social Security Act or other acts or sections of federal law shall be to such federal acts or sections as they existed on January 1, 2010.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 397, § 6, p. 1278; Laws 1993, LB 808, § 2; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 324; Laws 1998, LB 1063, § 7; Laws 2000, LB 1115, § 10;    Laws 2005, LB 301, § 4;    R.S.Supp.,2005, § 68-1021; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 6;    Laws 2007, LB185, § 1;    Laws 2008, LB797, § 4;    Laws 2009, LB288, § 19;    Laws 2010, LB849, § 13.    


Annotations

68-907. Terms, defined.

For purposes of the Medical Assistance Act:

(1) Committee means the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature;

(2) Department means the Department of Health and Human Services;

(3) Medicaid Reform Plan means the Medicaid Reform Plan submitted on December 1, 2005, pursuant to the Medicaid Reform Act enacted pursuant to Laws 2005, LB 709;

(4) Medicaid state plan means the comprehensive written document, developed and amended by the department and approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which describes the nature and scope of the medical assistance program and provides assurances that the department will administer the program in compliance with federal requirements;

(5) Provider means a person providing health care or related services under the medical assistance program;

(6) School-based health center means a health center that:

(a) Is located in or is adjacent to a school facility;

(b) Is organized through school, school district, learning community, community, and provider relationships;

(c) Is administered by a sponsoring facility;

(d) Provides school-based health services onsite during school hours to children and adolescents by health care professionals in accordance with state and local laws, rules, and regulations, established standards, and community practice;

(e) Does not perform abortion services or refer or counsel for abortion services and does not dispense, prescribe, or counsel for contraceptive drugs or devices; and

(f) Does not serve as a child's or an adolescent's medical or dental home but augments and supports services provided by the medical or dental home;

(7) School-based health services may include any combination of the following as determined in partnership with a sponsoring facility, the school district, and the community:

(a) Medical health;

(b) Behavioral and mental health;

(c) Preventive health; and

(d) Oral health;

(8) Sponsoring facility means:

(a) A hospital;

(b) A public health department as defined in section 71-1626;

(c) A federally qualified health center as defined in section 1905(l)(2)(B) of the federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 1396d(l)(2)(B), as such act and section existed on January 1, 2010;

(d) A nonprofit health care entity whose mission is to provide access to comprehensive primary health care services;

(e) A school or school district; or

(f) A program administered by the Indian Health Service or the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs or operated by an Indian tribe or tribal organization under the federal Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, or an urban Indian program under Title V of the federal Indian Health Care Improvement Act, as such acts existed on January 1, 2010; and

(9) Waiver means the waiver of applicability to the state of one or more provisions of federal law relating to the medical assistance program based on an application by the department and approval of such application by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Source:Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 7;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 246;    Laws 2010, LB1106, § 2.    


68-908. Department; powers and duties.

(1) The department shall administer the medical assistance program.

(2) The department may (a) enter into contracts and interagency agreements, (b) adopt and promulgate rules and regulations, (c) adopt fee schedules, (d) apply for and implement waivers and managed care plans for services for eligible recipients, including services under the Nebraska Behavioral Health Services Act, and (e) perform such other activities as necessary and appropriate to carry out its duties under the Medical Assistance Act. A covered item or service as described in section 68-911 that is furnished through a school-based health center, furnished by a provider, and furnished under a managed care plan pursuant to a waiver does not require prior consultation or referral by a patient's primary care physician to be covered. Any federally qualified health center providing services as a sponsoring facility of a school-based health center shall be reimbursed for such services provided at a school-based health center at the federally qualified health center reimbursement rate.

(3) The department shall maintain the confidentiality of information regarding applicants for or recipients of medical assistance and such information shall only be used for purposes related to administration of the medical assistance program and the provision of such assistance or as otherwise permitted by federal law.

(4)(a) The department shall prepare an annual summary and analysis of the medical assistance program for legislative and public review, including, but not limited to, a description of eligible recipients, covered services, provider reimbursement, program trends and projections, program budget and expenditures, the status of implementation of the Medicaid Reform Plan, and recommendations for program changes.

(b) The department shall provide a draft report of such summary and analysis to the Medicaid Reform Council no later than September 15 of each year. The council shall conduct a public meeting no later than October 1 of each year to discuss and receive public comment regarding such report. The council shall provide any comments and recommendations regarding such report in writing to the department no later than November 1 of each year. The department shall submit a final report of such summary and analysis to the Governor, the Legislature, and the council no later than December 1 of each year. The report submitted to the Legislature shall be submitted electronically. Such final report shall include a response to each written recommendation provided by the council.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 397, § 8, p. 1278; Laws 1967, c. 413, § 2, p. 1278; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 43; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 325; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1023; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 8;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 247;    Laws 2009, LB288, § 20;    Laws 2010, LB1106, § 3;    Laws 2012, LB782, § 91;    Laws 2012, LB1158, § 1.    


Cross References

68-909. Existing contracts, agreements, rules, regulations, plan, and waivers; how treated; report required; exception; Medicaid Reform Council; department; powers and duties.

(1) All contracts, agreements, rules, and regulations relating to the medical assistance program as entered into or adopted and promulgated by the department prior to July 1, 2006, and all provisions of the medicaid state plan and waivers adopted by the department prior to July 1, 2006, shall remain in effect until revised, amended, repealed, or nullified pursuant to law.

(2) Prior to the adoption and promulgation of proposed rules and regulations under section 68-912 or relating to the implementation of medicaid state plan amendments or waivers, the department shall provide a report to the Governor, the Legislature, and the Medicaid Reform Council no later than December 1 before the next regular session of the Legislature summarizing the purpose and content of such proposed rules and regulations and the projected impact of such proposed rules and regulations on recipients of medical assistance and medical assistance expenditures. The report submitted to the Legislature shall be submitted electronically. Any changes in medicaid copayments in fiscal year 2011-12 are exempt from the reporting requirement of this subsection and the requirements of section 68-912.

(3) The Medicaid Reform Council, no later than thirty days after the date of receipt of any report under subsection (2) of this section, may conduct a public meeting to receive public comment regarding such report. The council shall promptly provide any comments and recommendations regarding such report in writing to the department. Such comments and recommendations shall be advisory only and shall not be binding on the department, but the department shall promptly provide a written response to such comments or recommendations to the council.

(4) The department shall monitor and shall periodically, as necessary, but no less than biennially, report to the Governor, the Legislature, and the Medicaid Reform Council on the implementation of rules and regulations, medicaid state plan amendments, and waivers adopted under the Medical Assistance Act and the effect of such rules and regulations, amendments, or waivers on eligible recipients of medical assistance and medical assistance expenditures. The report submitted to the Legislature shall be submitted electronically.

Source:Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 9;    Laws 2008, LB928, § 15;    Laws 2011, LB468, § 1;    Laws 2012, LB782, § 92.    


68-910. Medical assistance payments; source of funds.

(1) Medical assistance shall be paid from General Funds, cash funds, federal funds, and such other funds as may qualify for federal matching funds under federal law. General Fund appropriations for the program shall be based on an assessment by the Legislature of General Fund revenue and the competing needs of other state-funded programs.

(2) Medical assistance paid on behalf of eligible recipients may include, but is not limited to, (a) direct payments to vendors under a fee-for-service, managed care, or other provider contract, (b) premium payments, deductibles, and coinsurance for private health insurance coverage, employer-sponsored coverage, catastrophic health insurance coverage, or long-term care insurance coverage, and (c) payments to providers who serve eligible recipients of medical assistance or low-income uninsured persons and meet federal and state disproportionate-share payment requirements.

(3) Medical assistance shall not be paid directly to eligible recipients.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 397, § 7, p. 1278; Laws 1967, c. 410, § 2, p. 1274; Laws 1979, LB 138, § 1; Laws 1981, LB 39, § 1; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 42; Laws 1983, LB 604, § 24; Laws 1986, LB 1253, § 1; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1022; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 10.    


68-911. Medical assistance; mandated and optional coverage; department; submit state plan amendment or waiver.

(1) Medical assistance shall include coverage for health care and related services as required under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, including, but not limited to:

(a) Inpatient and outpatient hospital services;

(b) Laboratory and X-ray services;

(c) Nursing facility services;

(d) Home health services;

(e) Nursing services;

(f) Clinic services;

(g) Physician services;

(h) Medical and surgical services of a dentist;

(i) Nurse practitioner services;

(j) Nurse midwife services;

(k) Pregnancy-related services;

(l) Medical supplies;

(m) Mental health and substance abuse services; and

(n) Early and periodic screening and diagnosis and treatment services for children which shall include both physical and behavioral health screening, diagnosis, and treatment services.

(2) In addition to coverage otherwise required under this section, medical assistance may include coverage for health care and related services as permitted but not required under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, including, but not limited to:

(a) Prescribed drugs;

(b) Intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities;

(c) Home and community-based services for aged persons and persons with disabilities;

(d) Dental services;

(e) Rehabilitation services;

(f) Personal care services;

(g) Durable medical equipment;

(h) Medical transportation services;

(i) Vision-related services;

(j) Speech therapy services;

(k) Physical therapy services;

(l) Chiropractic services;

(m) Occupational therapy services;

(n) Optometric services;

(o) Podiatric services;

(p) Hospice services;

(q) Mental health and substance abuse services;

(r) Hearing screening services for newborn and infant children; and

(s) Administrative expenses related to administrative activities, including outreach services, provided by school districts and educational service units to students who are eligible or potentially eligible for medical assistance.

(3) No later than July 1, 2009, the department shall submit a state plan amendment or waiver to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide coverage under the medical assistance program for community-based secure residential and subacute behavioral health services for all eligible recipients, without regard to whether the recipient has been ordered by a mental health board under the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act to receive such services.

(4) On or before October 1, 2014, the department, after consultation with the State Department of Education, shall submit a state plan amendment to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as necessary, to provide that the following are direct reimbursable services when provided by school districts as part of an individualized education program or an individualized family service plan: Early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment services for children; medical transportation services; mental health services; nursing services; occupational therapy services; personal care services; physical therapy services; rehabilitation services; speech therapy and other services for individuals with speech, hearing, or language disorders; and vision-related services.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 397, § 4, p. 1277; Laws 1967, c. 413, § 1, p. 1278; Laws 1969, c. 542, § 1, p. 2193; Laws 1993, LB 804, § 1; Laws 1993, LB 808, § 1; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 315; Laws 1998, LB 1063, § 5; Laws 1998, LB 1073, § 60; Laws 2002, Second Spec. Sess., LB 8, § 1;    R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1019; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 11;    Laws 2009, LB603, § 1;    Laws 2013, LB23, § 12;    Laws 2013, LB556, § 5;    Laws 2014, LB276, § 4.    


Cross References

68-912. Limits on goods and services; considerations; procedure.

(1) The department may establish (a) premiums, copayments, and deductibles for goods and services provided under the medical assistance program, (b) limits on the amount, duration, and scope of goods and services that recipients may receive under the medical assistance program subject to subsection (5) of this section, and (c) requirements for recipients of medical assistance as a necessary condition for the continued receipt of such assistance, including, but not limited to, active participation in care coordination and appropriate disease management programs and activities.

(2) In establishing and limiting coverage for services under the medical assistance program, the department shall consider (a) the effect of such coverage and limitations on recipients of medical assistance and medical assistance expenditures, (b) the public policy in section 68-905, (c) the experience and outcomes of other states, (d) the nature and scope of benchmark or benchmark-equivalent health insurance coverage as recognized under federal law, and (e) other relevant factors as determined by the department.

(3) Coverage for mandatory and optional services and limitations on covered services as established by the department prior to July 1, 2006, shall remain in effect until revised, amended, repealed, or nullified pursuant to law. Any proposed reduction or expansion of services or limitation of covered services by the department under this section shall be subject to the reporting and review requirements of section 68-909.

(4) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, proposed rules and regulations under this section relating to the establishment of premiums, copayments, or deductibles for eligible recipients or limits on the amount, duration, or scope of covered services for eligible recipients shall not become effective until the conclusion of the earliest regular session of the Legislature in which there has been a reasonable opportunity for legislative consideration of such rules and regulations. This subsection does not apply to rules and regulations that are (a) required by federal or state law, (b) related to a waiver in which recipient participation is voluntary, or (c) proposed due to a loss of federal matching funds relating to a particular covered service or eligibility category. Legislative consideration includes, but is not limited to, the introduction of a legislative bill, a legislative resolution, or an amendment to pending legislation relating to such rules and regulations.

(5) Any limitation on the amount, duration, or scope of goods and services that recipients may receive under the medical assistance program shall give full and deliberate consideration to the role of home health services from private duty nurses in meeting the needs of a disabled family member or disabled person.

Source:Laws 1993, LB 804, § 2; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 316; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1019.01; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 12;    Laws 2012, LB1122, § 1.    


68-913. Medical assistance program; public awareness; public school district; hospital; duties.

(1) Each public school district shall annually, at the beginning of the school year, provide written information supplied by the department to every student describing the availability of children's health services provided under the medical assistance program.

(2) Each hospital shall provide the mother of every child born in such hospital, at the time of such birth, written information provided by the department describing the availability of children's health services provided under the medical assistance program.

(3) The department shall develop and implement other activities designed to increase public awareness of the availability of children's health services provided under the medical assistance program. Such activities shall include materials and efforts designed to increase participation in the program by minority populations.

Source:Laws 1998, LB 1063, § 10; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1025.01; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 13;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 248.    


68-914. Application for medical assistance; form; department; decision; appeal.

(1) An applicant for medical assistance shall file an application with the department in a manner and form prescribed by the department. The department shall process each application to determine whether the applicant is eligible for medical assistance. The department shall provide a determination of eligibility for medical assistance in a timely manner in compliance with 42 C.F.R. 435.911, including, but not limited to, a timely determination of eligibility for coverage of an emergency medical condition, such as labor and delivery.

(2) The department shall notify an applicant for or recipient of medical assistance of any decision of the department to deny or discontinue eligibility or to deny or modify medical assistance. Decisions of the department, including the failure of the department to act with reasonable promptness, may be appealed, and the appeal shall be in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.

Source:Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 14;    Laws 2011, LB494, § 1.    


Cross References

68-915. Eligibility.

The following persons shall be eligible for medical assistance:

(1) Dependent children as defined in section 43-504;

(2) Aged, blind, and disabled persons as defined in sections 68-1002 to 68-1005;

(3) Children under nineteen years of age who are eligible under section 1905(a)(i) of the federal Social Security Act;

(4) Persons who are presumptively eligible as allowed under sections 1920 and 1920B of the federal Social Security Act;

(5) Children under nineteen years of age with a family income equal to or less than two hundred percent of the Office of Management and Budget income poverty guideline, as allowed under Title XIX and Title XXI of the federal Social Security Act, without regard to resources, and pregnant women with a family income equal to or less than one hundred eighty-five percent of the Office of Management and Budget income poverty guideline, as allowed under Title XIX and Title XXI of the federal Social Security Act, without regard to resources. Children described in this subdivision and subdivision (6) of this section shall remain eligible for six consecutive months from the date of initial eligibility prior to redetermination of eligibility. The department may review eligibility monthly thereafter pursuant to rules and regulations adopted and promulgated by the department. The department may determine upon such review that a child is ineligible for medical assistance if such child no longer meets eligibility standards established by the department;

(6) For purposes of Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act as provided in subdivision (5) of this section, children with a family income as follows:

(a) Equal to or less than one hundred fifty percent of the Office of Management and Budget income poverty guideline with eligible children one year of age or younger;

(b) Equal to or less than one hundred thirty-three percent of the Office of Management and Budget income poverty guideline with eligible children over one year of age and under six years of age; or

(c) Equal to or less than one hundred percent of the Office of Management and Budget income poverty guideline with eligible children six years of age or older and less than nineteen years of age;

(7) Persons who are medically needy caretaker relatives as allowed under 42 U.S.C. 1396d(a)(ii);

(8) As allowed under 42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(10)(A)(ii), disabled persons as defined in section 68-1005 with a family income of less than two hundred fifty percent of the Office of Management and Budget income poverty guideline and who, but for earnings in excess of the limit established under 42 U.S.C. 1396d(q)(2)(B), would be considered to be receiving federal Supplemental Security Income. The department shall apply for a waiver to disregard any unearned income that is contingent upon a trial work period in applying the Supplemental Security Income standard. Such disabled persons shall be subject to payment of premiums as a percentage of family income beginning at not less than two hundred percent of the Office of Management and Budget income poverty guideline. Such premiums shall be graduated based on family income and shall not be less than two percent or more than ten percent of family income;

(9) As allowed under 42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(10)(A)(ii), persons who:

(a) Have been screened for breast and cervical cancer under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention breast and cervical cancer early detection program established under Title XV of the federal Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 300k et seq., in accordance with the requirements of section 1504 of such act, 42 U.S.C. 300n, and who need treatment for breast or cervical cancer, including precancerous and cancerous conditions of the breast or cervix;

(b) Are not otherwise covered under creditable coverage as defined in section 2701(c) of the federal Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 300gg(c);

(c) Have not attained sixty-five years of age; and

(d) Are not eligible for medical assistance under any mandatory categorically needy eligibility group; and

(10) Persons eligible for services described in subsection (3) of section 68-972.

Except as provided in section 68-972, eligibility shall be determined under this section using an income budgetary methodology that determines children's eligibility at no greater than two hundred percent of the Office of Management and Budget income poverty guideline and adult eligibility using adult income standards no greater than the applicable categorical eligibility standards established pursuant to state or federal law. The department shall determine eligibility under this section pursuant to such income budgetary methodology and subdivision (1)(q) of section 68-1713.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 397, § 5, p. 1278; Laws 1984, LB 1127, § 4; Laws 1988, LB 229, § 1; Laws 1995, LB 455, § 6; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 323; Laws 1998, LB 1063, § 6; Laws 1999, LB 594, § 34;    Laws 2001, LB 677, § 1;    Laws 2002, Second Spec. Sess., LB 8, § 2;    Laws 2003, LB 411, § 2;    Laws 2005, LB 301, § 3;    R.S.Supp.,2005, § 68-1020; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 15;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 249;    Laws 2007, LB351, § 3;    Laws 2009, LB603, § 2;    Laws 2012, LB599, § 3.    


Annotations

68-916. Medical assistance; application; assignment of rights; exception.

The application for medical assistance shall constitute an automatic assignment of the rights specified in this section to the department or its assigns effective from the date of eligibility for such assistance. The assignment shall include the rights of the applicant or recipient and also the rights of any other member of the assistance group for whom the applicant or recipient can legally make an assignment.

Pursuant to this section and subject to sections 68-921 to 68-925, the applicant or recipient shall assign to the department or its assigns any rights to medical care support available to him or her or to other members of the assistance group under an order of a court or administrative agency and any rights to pursue or receive payments from any third party liable to pay for the cost of medical care and services arising out of injury, disease, or disability of the applicant or recipient or other members of the assistance group which otherwise would be covered by medical assistance. Medicare benefits shall not be assigned pursuant to this section. Rights assigned to the department or its assigns under this section may be directly reimbursable to the department or its assigns by liable third parties, as provided by rule or regulation of the department, when prior notification of the assignment has been made to the liable third party.

Source:Laws 1984, LB 723, § 1; Laws 1988, LB 419, § 15; Laws 1989, LB 362, § 10; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 326; Laws 1996, LB 1155, § 23; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1026; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 16.    


Annotations

68-917. Applicant or recipient; failure to cooperate; effect.

Refusal by the applicant or recipient specified in section 68-916 to cooperate in obtaining reimbursement for medical care or services provided to himself or herself or any other member of the assistance group renders the applicant or recipient ineligible for assistance. Ineligibility shall continue for so long as such person refuses to cooperate. Cooperation may be waived by the department upon a determination of the reasonable likelihood of physical or emotional harm to the applicant, recipient, or other member of the assistance group if the applicant or recipient were to cooperate. Eligibility shall continue for any individual who cannot legally assign his or her own rights and who would have been eligible for assistance but for the refusal by another person, legally able to assign such individual's rights, to cooperate as required by this section.

Source:Laws 1984, LB 723, § 2; Laws 1997, LB 307, § 108; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1027; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 17.    


68-918. Restoration of rights; when.

If the applicant or recipient or any member of the assistance group becomes ineligible for medical assistance, the department shall restore to him or her the rights assigned under section 68-916.

Source:Laws 1984, LB 723, § 3; Laws 1997, LB 307, § 109; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1028; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 18.    


68-919. Medical assistance recipient; liability; when; claim; procedure; department; powers.

(1) The recipient of medical assistance under the medical assistance program shall be indebted to the department for the total amount paid for medical assistance on behalf of the recipient if:

(a) The recipient was fifty-five years of age or older at the time the medical assistance was provided; or

(b) The recipient resided in a medical institution and, at the time of institutionalization or application for medical assistance, whichever is later, the department determines that the recipient could not have reasonably been expected to be discharged and resume living at home. For purposes of this section, medical institution means a nursing facility, an intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities, or an inpatient hospital.

(2) The debt accruing under subsection (1) of this section arises during the life of the recipient but shall be held in abeyance until the death of the recipient. Any such debt to the department that exists when the recipient dies shall be recovered only after the death of the recipient's spouse, if any, and only when the recipient is not survived by a child who either is under twenty-one years of age or is blind or totally and permanently disabled as defined by the Supplemental Security Income criteria.

(3) The debt shall include the total amount of medical assistance provided when the recipient was fifty-five years of age or older or during a period of institutionalization as described in subsection (1) of this section and shall not include interest.

(4) The debt may be recovered from the estate of a recipient of medical assistance, including any real property, personal property, or other asset in which the recipient had any legal title or interest at the time of the recipient's death, to the extent of such interests. In furtherance and not in limitation of the foregoing, for purposes of this section, the estate of the recipient of medical assistance also includes assets to be transferred to a beneficiary described in section 77-2004 or 77-2005 in relation to the recipient through a revocable trust or other similar arrangement which has become irrevocable by reason of the recipient's death.

(5) In any probate proceedings in which the department has filed a claim under this section, no additional evidence of foundation shall be required for the admission of the department's payment record supporting its claim if the payment record bears the seal of the department, is certified as a true copy, and bears the signature of an authorized representative of the department.

(6) The department may waive or compromise its claim, in whole or in part, if the department determines that enforcement of the claim would not be in the best interests of the state or would result in undue hardship as provided in rules and regulations of the department.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 39; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 334; Laws 2001, LB 257, § 1;    Laws 2004, LB 1005, § 7;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1036.02; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 19;    Laws 2007, LB185, § 2;    Laws 2013, LB23, § 13;    Laws 2015, LB72, § 4.    


Annotations

68-920. Department; garnish employment income; when; limitation.

The department may garnish the wages, salary, or other employment income of a person for the costs of health services provided to a child who is eligible for medical assistance pursuant to the medical assistance program if:

(1) The person is required by court or administrative order to provide health care coverage for the costs of such services; and

(2) The person has received payment from a third party for the costs of such services but has not used the payment to reimburse either the other parent or guardian or the provider of such services.

The amount garnished shall be limited to the amount necessary to reimburse the department for its expenditures for the costs of such services under the medical assistance program. Any claim for current or past-due child support shall take priority over a claim for the costs of health services.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 71; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 335; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1036.03; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 20.    


68-921. Entitlement of spouse; terms, defined.

For purposes of sections 68-921 to 68-925:

(1) Assets means property which is not exempt from consideration in determining eligibility for medical assistance under rules and regulations adopted and promulgated under section 68-922;

(2) Community spouse monthly income allowance means the amount of income determined by the department in accordance with section 1924 of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, Public Law 100-360, 42 U.S.C. 1396r-5;

(3) Community spouse resource allowance means the amount of assets determined in accordance with section 1924 of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, Public Law 100-360, 42 U.S.C. 1396r-5. For purposes of 42 U.S.C. 1396r-5(f)(2)(A)(i), the amount specified by the state shall be twelve thousand dollars;

(4) Home and community-based services means services furnished under home and community-based waivers as defined in Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1396;

(5) Qualified applicant means a person (a) who applies for medical assistance on or after July 9, 1988, (b) who is under care in a state-licensed hospital, a nursing facility, an intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities, an assisted-living facility, or a center for the developmentally disabled, as such terms are defined in the Health Care Facility Licensure Act, or an adult family home certified by the department or is receiving home and community-based services, and (c) whose spouse is not under such care or receiving such services and is not applying for or receiving medical assistance;

(6) Qualified recipient means a person (a) who has applied for medical assistance before July 9, 1988, and is eligible for such assistance, (b) who is under care in a facility certified to receive medical assistance funds or is receiving home and community-based services, and (c) whose spouse is not under such care or receiving such services and is not applying for or receiving medical assistance; and

(7) Spouse means the spouse of a qualified applicant or qualified recipient.

Source:Laws 1988, LB 419, § 1; Laws 1989, LB 362, § 11; Laws 1991, LB 244, § 1; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 336; Laws 1997, LB 608, § 4; Laws 2000, LB 819, § 81;    R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1038; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 21;    Laws 2007, LB185, § 3;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 250;    Laws 2013, LB23, § 14.    


Cross References

68-922. Amount of entitlement; department; rules and regulations.

For purposes of determining medical assistance eligibility and the right to and obligation of medical support pursuant to sections 68-716, 68-915, and 68-916, a spouse may retain (1) assets equivalent to the community spouse resource allowance and (2) an amount of income equivalent to the community spouse monthly income allowance.

The department shall administer this section in accordance with section 1924 of the Social Security Act, as amended, Public Law 100-360, 42 U.S.C. 1396r-5, and shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations as necessary to implement and enforce sections 68-921 to 68-925.

Source:Laws 1988, LB 419, § 2; Laws 1989, LB 362, § 12; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1039; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 22;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 251.    


68-923. Assets; eligibility for assistance; future medical support; considerations; subrogation.

If a portion of the aggregate assets is designated in accordance with section 68-924:

(1) Only the assets not designated for the spouse shall be considered in determining the eligibility of an applicant for medical assistance;

(2) In determining the eligibility of an applicant, the assets designated for the spouse shall not be taken into account and proof of adequate consideration for any assignment or transfer made as a result of the designation of assets shall not be required;

(3) The assets designated for the spouse shall not be considered to be available to an applicant or recipient for future medical support and the spouse shall have no duty of future medical support of the applicant or recipient from such assets;

(4) Recovery may not be made from the assets designated for the spouse for any amount paid for future medical assistance provided to the applicant or recipient; and

(5) Neither the department nor the state shall be subrogated to or assigned any future right of the applicant or recipient to medical support from the assets designated for the spouse.

Source:Laws 1988, LB 419, § 3; Laws 1989, LB 362, § 13; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1040; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 23;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 252.    


68-924. Designation of assets; procedure.

A designation of assets pursuant to section 68-922 shall be evidenced by a written statement listing such assets and signed by the spouse. A copy of such statement shall be provided to the department at the time of application and shall designate assets owned as of the date of application. Failure to complete any assignments or transfers necessary to place the designated assets in sole ownership of the spouse within a reasonable time after the statement is signed as provided in rules and regulations adopted and promulgated under section 68-922 may render the applicant or recipient ineligible for assistance in accordance with such rules and regulations.

Source:Laws 1988, LB 419, § 5; Laws 1989, LB 362, § 14; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1042; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 24;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 253.    


68-925. Department; furnish statement.

The department shall furnish to each qualified applicant for and each qualified recipient of medical assistance a clear and simple written statement explaining the provisions of section 68-922.

Source:Laws 1988, LB 419, § 6; Laws 1989, LB 362, § 15; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 337; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1043; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 25;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 254.    


68-926. Legislative findings.

The Legislature finds that (1) the department relies on health insurance and claims information from private insurers to ensure accuracy in processing state benefit program payments to providers and in verifying individual recipients' eligibility, (2) delay or refusal to provide such information causes unnecessary expenditures of state funds, (3) disclosure of such information to the department is permitted pursuant to the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability privacy rules under 45 C.F.R. part 164, and (4) for medical assistance program recipients who also have other insurance coverage, including coverage by licensed and self-funded insurers, the department is required by 42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(25) to assure that licensed and self-funded insurers coordinate benefits with the program.

Source:Laws 2005, LB 589, § 1;    R.S.Supp.,2005, § 68-10,100; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 26;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 255.    


68-927. Terms, defined.

For purposes of sections 68-926 to 68-933:

(1) Coordinate benefits means:

(a) Provide to the department information regarding the licensed insurer's or self-funded insurer's existing coverage for an individual who is eligible for a state benefit program; and

(b) Meet payment obligations;

(2) Coverage information means health information possessed by a licensed insurer or self-funded insurer that is limited to the following information about an individual:

(a) Eligibility for coverage under a health plan;

(b) Coverage of health care under the health plan; or

(c) Benefits and payments associated with the health plan;

(3) Health plan means any policy of insurance issued by a licensed insurer or any employee benefit plan offered by a self-funded insurer that provides for payment to or on behalf of an individual as a result of an illness, disability, or injury or change in a health condition;

(4) Individual means a person covered by a state benefit program, including the medical assistance program, or a person applying for such coverage;

(5) Licensed insurer means any insurer, except a self-funded insurer, including a fraternal benefit society, producer, or other person licensed or required to be licensed, authorized or required to be authorized, or registered or required to be registered pursuant to the insurance laws of the state; and

(6) Self-funded insurer means any employer or union who or which provides a self-funded employee benefit plan.

Source:Laws 2005, LB 589, § 2;    R.S.Supp.,2005, § 68-10,101; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 27;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 256.    


68-928. Licensed insurer or self-funded insurer; provide coverage information.

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, at the request of the department, a licensed insurer or a self-funded insurer shall provide coverage information to the department without an individual's authorization for purposes of:

(a) Determining an individual's eligibility for state benefit programs, including the medical assistance program; or

(b) Coordinating benefits with state benefit programs.

Such information shall be provided within thirty days after the date of request unless good cause is shown. Requests for coverage information shall specify individual recipients for whom information is being requested.

(2)(a) Coverage information requested pursuant to subsection (1) of this section regarding a limited benefit policy shall be limited to whether a specified individual has coverage and, if so, a description of that coverage, and such information shall be used solely for the purposes of subdivision (1)(a) of this section.

(b) For purposes of this section, limited benefit policy means a policy of insurance issued by a licensed insurer that consists only of one or more, or any combination of the following:

(i) Coverage only for accident or disability income insurance, or any combination thereof;

(ii) Coverage for specified disease or illness; or

(iii) Hospital indemnity or other fixed indemnity insurance.

Source:Laws 2005, LB 589, § 3;    R.S.Supp.,2005, § 68-10,102; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 28;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 257.    


68-929. Licensed insurer; violation.

Any violation of section 68-928 by a licensed insurer shall be subject to the Unfair Insurance Claims Settlement Practices Act.

Source:Laws 2005, LB 589, § 4;    R.S.Supp.,2005, § 68-10,103; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 29.    


Cross References

68-930. Self-funded insurer; violation; civil penalty.

The department may impose and collect a civil penalty on a self-funded insurer who violates the requirements of section 68-928 if the department finds that the self-funded insurer:

(1) Committed the violation flagrantly and in conscious disregard of the requirements; or

(2) Has committed violations with such frequency as to indicate a general business practice to engage in that type of conduct.

The civil penalty shall not be more than one thousand dollars for each violation, not to exceed an aggregate penalty of thirty thousand dollars, unless the violation by the self-funded insurer was committed flagrantly and in conscious disregard of section 68-928, in which case the penalty shall not be more than fifteen thousand dollars for each violation, not to exceed an aggregate penalty of one hundred fifty thousand dollars.

Source:Laws 2005, LB 589, § 5;    R.S.Supp.,2005, § 68-10,104; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 30;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 258.    


68-931. Recovery; authorized.

The department is authorized to recover all amounts paid or to be paid to state benefit programs as a result of failure to coordinate benefits by a licensed insurer or a self-funded insurer.

Source:Laws 2005, LB 589, § 6;    R.S.Supp.,2005, § 68-10,105; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 31;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 259.    


68-932. Process for resolving violations; appeal.

The department shall establish a process by rule and regulation for resolving any violation by a self-funded insurer of section 68-928 and for assessing the financial penalties contained in section 68-930. Any appeal of an action by the department under such policies shall be in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.

Source:Laws 2005, LB 589, § 7;    R.S.Supp.,2005, § 68-10,106; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 32;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 260.    


Cross References

68-933. Civil penalties; disposition.

All money collected as a civil penalty under section 68-929 or 68-930 shall be remitted to the State Treasurer for distribution in accordance with Article VII, section 5, of the Constitution of Nebraska.

Source:Laws 2005, LB 589, § 8;    R.S.Supp.,2005, § 68-10,107; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 33.    


68-934. False Medicaid Claims Act; act, how cited.

Sections 68-934 to 68-947 shall be known and may be cited as the False Medicaid Claims Act.

Source:Laws 1996, LB 1155, § 67; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1037.01; Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 1;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1073; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 34;    Laws 2009, LB288, § 21.    


68-935. Terms, defined.

For purposes of the False Medicaid Claims Act:

(1) Attorney General means the Attorney General, the office of the Attorney General, or a designee of the Attorney General;

(2) Claim means any request or demand, whether under a contract or otherwise, for money or property, and whether or not the state has title to the money or property, that:

(a) Is presented to an officer, employee, or agent of the state; or

(b) Is made to a contractor, grantee, or other recipient, if the money or property is to be spent or used on the state's behalf or to advance a state program or interest, and if the state:

(i) Provides or has provided any portion of the money or property requested or demanded; or

(ii) Will reimburse such contractor, grantee, or other recipient for any portion of the money or property which is requested or demanded;

(3) Good or service includes (a) any particular item, device, medical supply, or service claimed to have been provided to a recipient and listed in an itemized claim for payment and (b) any entry in the cost report, books of account, or other documents supporting such good or service;

(4)(a) Knowing and knowingly means that a person, with respect to information:

(i) Has actual knowledge of the information;

(ii) Acts in deliberate ignorance of the truth or falsity of the information; or

(iii) Acts in reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of the information.

(b) Acts committed in a knowing manner or committed knowingly shall not require proof of a specific intent to defraud;

(5) Material means having a natural tendency to influence or be capable of influencing the payment or receipt of money or property;

(6) Obligation means an established duty, whether or not fixed, arising from (a) an express or implied contractual, grantor-grantee, or licensor-licensee relationship, (b) a fee-based or similar relationship, (c) statute or rule or regulation, or (d) the retention of any overpayment;

(7) Person means any body politic or corporate, society, community, the public generally, individual, partnership, limited liability company, joint-stock company, or association; and

(8) Recipient means an individual who is eligible to receive goods or services for which payment may be made under the medical assistance program.

Source:Laws 1996, LB 1155, § 68; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1037.02; Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 2;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1074; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 35;    Laws 2013, LB277, § 1.    


68-936. Presentation of false medicaid claim; civil liability; violation of act; civil penalty; damages; costs and attorney's fees.

(1) A person presents a false medicaid claim and is subject to civil liability if such person:

(a) Knowingly presents, or causes to be presented, a false or fraudulent claim for payment or approval;

(b) Knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement material to a false or fraudulent claim;

(c) Conspires to commit a violation of the False Medicaid Claims Act;

(d) Has possession, custody, or control of property or money used, or to be used, by the state and knowingly delivers, or causes to be delivered, less than all of the money or property;

(e) Is authorized to make or deliver a document certifying receipt of property used, or to be used, by the state and, intending to defraud the state, makes or delivers the receipt knowing that the information on the receipt is not true;

(f) Knowingly buys, or receives as a pledge of an obligation or debt, public property from any officer or employee of the state who may not lawfully sell or pledge such property; or

(g) Knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement material to an obligation to pay or transmit money or property to the state or knowingly conceals, avoids, or decreases an obligation to pay or transmit money or property to the state.

(2) A person who commits a violation of the False Medicaid Claims Act is subject to, in addition to any other remedies that may be prescribed by law, a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars. In addition to any civil penalty, any such person may be subject to damages in the amount of three times the amount of the false claim because of the act of that person.

(3) If the state is the prevailing party in an action under the False Medicaid Claims Act, the defendant, in addition to penalties and damages, shall pay the state's costs and attorney's fees for the civil action brought to recover penalties or damages under the act.

(4) Liability under this section is joint and several for any act committed by two or more persons.

Source:Laws 1996, LB 1155, § 69; Laws 1997, LB 307, § 110; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1037.03; Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 3;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1075; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 36;    Laws 2013, LB277, § 2.    


68-937. Failure to report.

A person violates the False Medicaid Claims Act, and is subject to civil liability as provided in section 68-936, if such person is a beneficiary of an inadvertent submission of a false medicaid claim to the state, and subsequently discovers and, knowing the claim is false, fails to report the claim to the department within sixty days of such discovery. The beneficiary is not obliged to make such a report to the department if more than six years have passed since submission of the claim.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 4;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1076; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 37.    


68-938. Charge, solicitation, acceptance, or receipt; unlawful; when.

A person violates the False Medicaid Claims Act, and a claim submitted with regard to a good or service is deemed to be false and subjects such person to civil liability as provided in section 68-936, if he or she, acting on behalf of a provider providing such good or service to a recipient under the medical assistance program, charges, solicits, accepts, or receives anything of value in addition to the amount legally payable under the medical assistance program in connection with a provision of such good or service knowing that such charge, solicitation, acceptance, or receipt is not legally payable.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 5;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1077; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 38.    


68-939. Records; duties; acts prohibited; liability; costs and attorney's fees.

(1) A person violates the False Medicaid Claims Act and is subject to civil liability as provided in section 68-936 and damages as provided in subsection (2) of this section if he or she:

(a) Having submitted a claim or received payment for a good or service under the medical assistance program, knowingly fails to maintain such records as are necessary to disclose fully the nature of all goods or services for which a claim was submitted or payment was received, or such records as are necessary to disclose fully all income and expenditures upon which rates of payment were based, for a period of at least six years after the date on which payment was received; or

(b) Knowingly destroys such records within six years from the date payment was received.

(2) A person who knowingly fails to maintain records or who knowingly destroys records within six years from the date payment for a claim was received shall be subject to damages in the amount of three times the amount of the claim submitted for which records were knowingly not maintained or knowingly destroyed.

(3) If the state is the prevailing party in an action under this section, the defendant, in addition to penalties and damages, shall pay the state's costs and attorney's fees for the civil action brought to recover penalties or damages under the act.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 6;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1078; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 39.    


68-940. Penalties or damages; considerations; liability; costs and attorney's fees.

(1) In determining the amount of any penalties or damages awarded under the False Medicaid Claims Act, the following shall be taken into account:

(a) The nature of claims and the circumstances under which they were presented;

(b) The degree of culpability and history of prior offenses of the person presenting the claims;

(c) Coordination of the total penalties and damages arising from the same claims, goods, or services, whether based on state or federal statute; and

(d) Such other matters as justice requires.

(2)(a) Any person who presents a false medicaid claim is subject to civil liability as provided in section 68-936, except when the court finds that:

(i) The person committing the violation of the False Medicaid Claims Act furnished officials of the state responsible for investigating violations of the act with all information known to such person about the violation within thirty days after the date on which the defendant first obtained the information;

(ii) Such person fully cooperated with any state investigation of such violation; and

(iii) At the time such person furnished the state with the information about the violation, no criminal prosecution, civil action, or administrative action had commenced under the act with respect to such violation and the person did not have actual knowledge of the existence of an investigation into such violation.

(b) The court may assess not more than two times the amount of the false medicaid claims submitted because of the action of a person coming within the exception under subdivision (2)(a) of this section, and such person is also liable for the state's costs and attorney's fees for a civil action brought to recover any penalty or damages.

(3) Amounts recovered under the False Medicaid Claims Act shall be remitted to the State Treasurer for credit to the Health and Human Services Cash Fund, except that (a) amounts recovered for the state's costs and attorney's fees pursuant to subdivision (2)(b) of this section and sections 68-936 and 68-939 shall be remitted to the State Treasurer for credit to the State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Cash Fund and (b) the State Treasurer shall distribute civil penalties in accordance with Article VII, section 5, of the Constitution of Nebraska.

Source:Laws 1996, LB 1155, § 70; Laws 1997, LB 307, § 111; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1037.04; Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 7;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1079; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 40;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 261;    Laws 2009, LB288, § 22.    


68-940.01. State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Cash Fund; created; use; investment.

The State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Cash Fund is created. The fund shall be maintained by the Department of Justice and administered by the Attorney General. The fund shall consist of any recovery for the state's costs and attorney's fees received pursuant to subdivision (2)(b) of section 68-940 and sections 68-936 and 68-939, except criminal penalties, whether such recovery is by way of verdict, judgment, compromise, or settlement in or out of court, or other final disposition of any case or controversy under such subdivision or sections. Money in the fund shall be used to pay the salaries and related expenses of the Department of Justice for the state medicaid fraud control unit. Any money in the fund available for investment shall be invested by the state investment officer pursuant to the Nebraska Capital Expansion Act and the Nebraska State Funds Investment Act.

Source:Laws 2009, LB288, § 23.    


Cross References

68-941. Limitation of actions; burden of proof.

(1) A civil action under the False Medicaid Claims Act shall be brought within six years after the date the claim is discovered or should have been discovered by exercise of reasonable diligence and, in any event, no more than ten years after the date on which the violation of the act was committed.

(2) In an action brought under the act, the state shall prove all essential elements of the cause of action, including damages, by a preponderance of the evidence.

Source:Laws 1996, LB 1155, § 71; R.S.1943, (2003), § 68-1037.05; Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 8;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1080; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 41.    


68-942. Investigation and prosecution.

(1) In any case involving allegations of civil violations or criminal offenses under the False Medicaid Claims Act, the Attorney General may take full charge of any investigation or advancement or prosecution of the case.

(2) The department shall cooperate with the state medicaid fraud control unit in conducting such investigations, civil actions, and criminal prosecutions and shall provide such information for such purposes as may be requested by the Attorney General.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 9;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1081; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 42.    


68-943. State medicaid fraud control unit; certification.

The Attorney General shall:

(1) Establish a state medicaid fraud control unit that meets the standards prescribed by 42 U.S.C. 1396b(q); and

(2) Apply to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for certification of the unit under 42 U.S.C. 1396b(q).

Source:Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 10;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1082; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 43.    


68-944. State medicaid fraud control unit; powers and duties.

The state medicaid fraud control unit shall employ such attorneys, auditors, investigators, and other personnel as authorized by law to carry out the duties of the unit in an effective and efficient manner. The purpose of the state medicaid fraud control unit is to conduct a statewide program for the investigation and prosecution of medicaid fraud and violations of all applicable state laws relating to the providing of medical assistance and the activities of providers. The state medicaid fraud control unit may review and act on complaints of abuse and neglect of patients at health care facilities that receive payments under the medical assistance program and may provide for collection or referral for collection of overpayments made under the medical assistance program that are discovered by the unit.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 11;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1083; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 44.    


68-945. Attorney General; powers and duties.

In carrying out the duties and responsibilities under the False Medicaid Claims Act, the Attorney General may:

(1) Enter upon the premises of any provider participating in the medical assistance program (a) to examine all accounts and records that are relevant in determining the existence of fraud in the medical assistance program, (b) to investigate alleged abuse or neglect of patients, or (c) to investigate alleged misappropriation of patients' private funds. The accounts or records of a nonmedicaid patient may not be reviewed by, or turned over to, the Attorney General without the patient's written consent or a court order;

(2) Subpoena witnesses or materials, including medical records relating to recipients, within or outside the state and, through any duly designated employee, administer oaths and affirmations and collect evidence for possible use in either civil or criminal judicial proceedings;

(3) Request and receive the assistance of any prosecutor or law enforcement agency in the investigation and prosecution of any violation of this section; and

(4) Refer to the department for collection each instance of overpayment to a provider under the medical assistance program which is discovered during the course of an investigation.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 12;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1084; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 45.    


68-946. Attorney General; access to records.

(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Attorney General, upon reasonable request, shall have full access to all records held by a provider, or by any other person on his or her behalf, that are relevant to the determination of (a) the existence of civil violations or criminal offenses under the False Medicaid Claims Act or related offenses, (b) the existence of patient abuse, mistreatment, or neglect, or (c) the theft of patient funds.

(2) In examining such records, the Attorney General shall safeguard the privacy rights of recipients, avoiding unnecessary disclosure of personal information concerning named recipients. The Attorney General may transmit such information as he or she deems appropriate to the department and to other agencies concerned with the regulation of health care facilities or health professionals.

(3) No person holding such records may refuse to provide the Attorney General access to such records for the purposes described in the act on the basis that release would violate (a) a recipient's right of privacy, (b) a recipient's privilege against disclosure or use, or (c) any professional or other privilege or right.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 13;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1085; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 46.    


68-947. Contempt of court.

Any person who, after being ordered by a court to comply with a subpoena issued under the False Medicaid Claims Act, fails in whole or in part to testify or to produce evidence, documentary or otherwise, shall be in contempt of court as if the failure was committed in the presence of the court. The court may assess a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars for each day such person fails to comply. No person shall be found to be in contempt of court nor shall any fine be assessed if compliance with such subpoena violates such person's right against self-incrimination.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 1084, § 14;    R.S.Supp.,2004, § 68-1086; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 47.    


68-948. Medicaid Reform Council; established; members; duties; expenses; terms; vacancies; department; provide information.

(1) The Medicaid Reform Council is established. The council shall consist of ten persons appointed by the Governor. The chairperson of the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature or his or her designee shall serve as a nonvoting, ex officio member of the council. The council shall include, but not be limited to, at least one representative from each of the following: Providers, recipients of medical assistance, advocates for such recipients, business representatives, insurers, and elected officials. The Governor shall appoint the chairperson of the council. Members of the council may be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses as provided in sections 81-1174 to 81-1177.

(2) The council shall (a) oversee and advise the department regarding implementation of reforms to the medical assistance program, including, but not limited to, reforms such as those contained in the Medicaid Reform Plan, (b) conduct public meetings at least quarterly and other meetings at the call of the chairperson of the council, in consultation with the department, and (c) provide comments and recommendations to the department regarding the administration of the medical assistance program and any proposed changes to such program.

(3) The department shall provide the council with any reports, data, analysis, or other such information upon which the department relied, which provided a basis for the department's proposed reforms, or which the department otherwise intends to present to the council at least two weeks prior to the quarterly meeting.

(4) Beginning June 30, 2010, the terms of the existing members of the council shall be extended as follows: One-half of the members shall serve for two-year terms and one-half of the members shall serve for four-year terms as determined by the Governor. Thereafter all members shall serve for four-year terms. Members may be reappointed at the discretion of the Governor. Appointments to the council occurring as a result of replacement of an existing member at the expiration of the member's term or due to resignation of an existing member shall be made by the Governor.

Source:Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 48;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 262;    Laws 2009, LB288, § 24.    


68-949. Medical assistance program; legislative intent; department; duties; reports.

(1) It is the intent of the Legislature that the department implement reforms to the medical assistance program such as those contained in the Medicaid Reform Plan, including (a) an incremental expansion of home and community-based services for aged persons and persons with disabilities consistent with such plan, (b) an increase in care coordination or disease management initiatives to better manage medical assistance expenditures on behalf of high-cost recipients with multiple or chronic medical conditions, and (c) other reforms as deemed necessary and appropriate by the department, in consultation with the committee and the Medicaid Reform Council.

(2)(a) The department shall develop recommendations based on a comprehensive analysis of various options available to the state under applicable federal law for the provision of medical assistance to persons with disabilities who are employed, including persons with a medically improved disability, to enhance and replace current eligibility provisions contained in subdivision (8) of section 68-915.

(b) The department shall provide a draft report of such recommendations to the committee and the Medicaid Reform Council no later than October 1, 2008. The council shall conduct a public meeting no later than October 15, 2008, to discuss and receive public comment regarding such report. The council shall provide any comments and recommendations regarding such report in writing to the department and the committee no later than November 1, 2008. The department shall provide a final report of such recommendations to the Governor, the committee, and the council no later than December 1, 2008.

(3)(a) The department shall develop recommendations for further modification or replacement of the defined benefit structure of the medical assistance program. Such recommendations shall be consistent with the public policy in section 68-905 and shall consider the needs and resources of low-income Nebraska residents who are eligible or may become eligible for medical assistance, the experience and outcomes of other states that have developed and implemented such changes, and other relevant factors as determined by the department.

(b) The department shall provide a draft report of such recommendations to the committee and the Medicaid Reform Council no later than October 1, 2008. The council shall conduct a public meeting no later than October 15, 2008, to discuss and receive public comment regarding such report. The council shall provide any comments and recommendations regarding such report in writing to the department and the committee no later than November 1, 2008. The department shall provide a final report of such recommendations to the Governor, the committee, and the council no later than December 1, 2008.

Source:Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 49;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 263;    Laws 2008, LB928, § 16.    


68-950. Medicaid Prescription Drug Act, how cited.

Sections 68-950 to 68-956 shall be known and may be cited as the Medicaid Prescription Drug Act.

Source:Laws 2008, LB830, § 2.    


68-951. Purpose of act.

The purpose of the Medicaid Prescription Drug Act is to provide appropriate pharmaceutical care to medicaid recipients in a cost-effective manner by requiring the establishment of a preferred drug list and other activities as prescribed. The preferred drug list and other activities mandated by the act shall not be construed to replace, prohibit, or limit other lawful activities of the department not specifically permitted or required by the act.

Source:Laws 2008, LB830, § 3.    


68-952. Terms, defined.

For purposes of the Medicaid Prescription Drug Act:

(1) Labeler means a person or entity that repackages prescription drugs for retail sale and has a labeler code from the federal Food and Drug Administration under 21 C.F.R. 207.20, as such regulation existed on January 1, 2008;

(2) Manufacturer means a manufacturer of prescription drugs as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1396r-8(k)(5), as such section existed on January 1, 2008, including a subsidiary or affiliate of such manufacturer;

(3) Multistate purchasing pool means an entity formed by an agreement between two or more states to negotiate for supplemental rebates on prescription drugs;

(4) Pharmacy benefit manager means a person or entity that negotiates prescription drug price and rebate arrangements with manufacturers or labelers;

(5) Preferred drug list means a list of prescription drugs that may be prescribed for medicaid recipients without prior authorization by the department; and

(6) Prescription drug has the definition found in section 38-2841.

Source:Laws 2008, LB830, § 4.    


68-953. Preferred drug list; department; establish and maintain; pharmaceutical and therapeutics committee; members; expenses.

(1) No later than July 1, 2010, the department shall establish and maintain a preferred drug list for the medical assistance program. The department shall establish a pharmaceutical and therapeutics committee to advise the department on all matters relating to the establishment and maintenance of such list.

(2) The pharmaceutical and therapeutics committee shall include at least fifteen but no more than twenty members. The committee shall consist of at least (a) eight physicians, (b) four pharmacists, (c) a university professor of pharmacy or a person with a doctoral degree in pharmacology, and (d) two public members. No more than twenty-five percent of the committee shall be state employees.

(3) The physician members of the committee, so far as practicable, shall include physicians practicing in the areas of (a) family medicine, (b) internal medicine, (c) pediatrics, (d) cardiology, (e) psychiatry or neurology, (f) obstetrics or gynecology, (g) endocrinology, and (h) oncology.

(4) Members of the committee shall submit conflict of interest disclosure statements to the department and shall have an ongoing duty to disclose conflicts of interest not included in the original disclosure.

(5) The committee shall elect a chairperson and a vice-chairperson from among its members. Members of the committee shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses as provided in sections 81-1174 to 81-1177.

(6) The department, in consultation with the committee, shall adopt and publish policies and procedures relating to the preferred drug list, including (a) guidelines for the presentation and review of drugs for inclusion on the preferred drug list, (b) the manner and frequency of audits of the preferred drug list for appropriateness of patient care and cost effectiveness, (c) an appeals process for the resolution of disputes, and (d) such other policies and procedures as the department deems necessary and appropriate.

Source:Laws 2008, LB830, § 5.    


68-954. Preferred drug list; considerations; availability of list.

(1) The department and the pharmaceutical and therapeutics committee shall consider all therapeutic classes of prescription drugs for inclusion on the preferred drug list, except that antidepressant, antipsychotic, and anticonvulsant prescription drugs shall not be subject to consideration for inclusion on the preferred drug list.

(2)(a) The department shall include a prescription drug on the preferred drug list if the prescription drug is therapeutically equivalent to or superior to a prescription drug on the list and the net cost of the new prescription drug is equal to or less than the net cost of the listed drug, after consideration of applicable rebates or discounts negotiated by the department.

(b) If the department finds that two or more prescription drugs under consideration for inclusion on the preferred drug list are therapeutically equivalent, the department shall include the more cost-effective prescription drug or drugs on the preferred drug list, after consideration of applicable rebates or discounts negotiated by the department.

(3) The department shall maintain an updated preferred drug list in electronic format and shall make the list available to the public on the department's Internet web site.

Source:Laws 2008, LB830, § 6.    


68-955. Prescription of drug not on preferred drug list; conditions.

(1) A health care provider may prescribe a prescription drug not on the preferred drug list to a medicaid recipient if (a) the prescription drug is medically necessary, (b)(i) the provider certifies that the preferred drug has not been therapeutically effective, or with reasonable certainty is not expected to be therapeutically effective, in treating the recipient's condition or (ii) the preferred drug causes or is reasonably expected to cause adverse or harmful reactions in the recipient, and (c) the department authorizes coverage for the prescription drug prior to the dispensing of the drug. The department shall respond to a prior authorization request no later than twenty-four hours after receiving such request.

(2) A health care provider may prescribe a prescription drug not on the preferred drug list to a medicaid recipient without prior authorization by the department if the provider certifies that (a) the recipient is achieving therapeutic success with a course of antidepressant, antipsychotic, or anticonvulsant medication or medication for human immunodeficiency virus, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cancer, or immunosuppressant therapy or (b) the recipient has experienced a prior therapeutic failure with a medication.

Source:Laws 2008, LB830, § 7.    


68-956. Department; duties.

The department shall: (1) Enter into a multistate purchasing pool; (2) negotiate directly with manufacturers or labelers; or (3) contract with a pharmacy benefit manager for negotiated discounts or rebates for all prescription drugs under the medical assistance program in order to achieve the lowest available price for such drugs under such program.

Source:Laws 2008, LB830, § 8.    


68-957. Medical Home Pilot Program Act; act, how cited; purpose; termination.

Sections 68-957 to 68-961 shall be known and may be cited as the Medical Home Pilot Program Act. The Medical Home Pilot Program Act terminates on June 30, 2014. The purposes of the act are to improve health care access and health outcomes for patients and to contain costs of the medical assistance program.

Source:Laws 2009, LB396, § 2.    Termination Date: June 30, 2014


68-958. Medical Home Pilot Program Act; terms, defined.

For purposes of the Medical Home Pilot Program Act:

(1) Division means the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care of the Department of Health and Human Services;

(2) Medical home means a provider of primary health care services to patients that meets the requirements for participation in the medical home pilot program established under section 68-960;

(3) Patient means a recipient of medical assistance under the Medical Assistance Act; and

(4) Primary care physician means a physician licensed under the Uniform Credentialing Act and practicing in the area of general medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, or internal medicine.

Source:Laws 2009, LB396, § 3.    Termination Date: June 30, 2014


Cross References

68-959. Medical home pilot program; designation; division; duties; evaluation; report.

(1) No later than January 1, 2012, the division shall design and implement a medical home pilot program, in consultation with the Medical Home Advisory Council, in one or more geographic regions of the state to provide access to medical homes for patients. The division shall apply for any available federal or other funds for the program. The division shall establish necessary and appropriate reimbursement policies and incentives under such program to accomplish the purposes of the Medical Home Pilot Program Act. The reimbursement policies:

(a) Shall require the provision of a medical home for clients;

(b) Shall be designed to increase the availability of primary health care services to clients;

(c) May provide an increased reimbursement rate to providers who provide primary health care services to clients outside of regular business hours or on weekends; and

(d) May provide a postevaluation incentive payment.

(2) No later than June 1, 2014, the division shall evaluate the medical home pilot program and report the results of such evaluation to the Governor and the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature. The report submitted to the committee shall be submitted electronically. Such report shall include an evaluation of health outcomes and cost savings achieved, recommendations for improvement, recommendations regarding continuation and expansion of the program, and such other information as deemed necessary by the division or requested by the committee.

Source:Laws 2009, LB396, § 4;    Laws 2012, LB782, § 93.    Termination Date: June 30, 2014


68-960. Medical home; duties.

A medical home shall:

(1) Provide comprehensive, coordinated health care for patients and consistent, ongoing contact with patients throughout their interactions with the health care system, including, but not limited to, electronic contacts and ongoing care coordination and health maintenance tracking for patients;

(2) Provide primary health care services for patients and appropriate referral to other health care professionals or behavioral health professionals as needed;

(3) Focus on the ongoing prevention of illness and disease;

(4) Encourage active participation by a patient and the patient's family, guardian, or authorized representative, when appropriate, in health care decisionmaking and care plan development;

(5) Encourage the appropriate use of specialty care services and emergency room services by patients; and

(6) Provide other necessary and appropriate health care services and supports to accomplish the purposes of the Medical Home Pilot Program Act.

Source:Laws 2009, LB396, § 5.    Termination Date: June 30, 2014


68-961. Medical Home Advisory Council; created; members; chairperson; expenses; removal; duties.

(1) The Medical Home Advisory Council is created. The council shall consist of seven voting members appointed by the Governor as follows:

(a) Two licensed primary care physicians actively practicing in the area of general and family medicine;

(b) Two licensed primary care physicians actively practicing in the area of pediatrics;

(c) Two licensed primary care physicians actively practicing in the area of internal medicine; and

(d) One representative from a licensed hospital in Nebraska.

(2) The chairperson of the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature or another member of the committee designated by the chairperson shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member of the council.

(3) The council shall annually select one of its appointed members to serve as chairperson of the council for a one-year term. Appointed members of the council shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses as provided in sections 81-1174 to 81-1177. The division shall provide administrative support to the council.

(4) The Governor may remove appointed members of the council for good cause upon written notice and an opportunity to be heard. Any appointed member of the council who ceases to meet the requirements for appointment to the council shall cease to be a member of the council. A vacancy on the council shall be filled in the same manner as provided for the original appointment.

(5) The Governor shall make initial appointments to the council no later than October 1, 2009. The council shall conduct its initial organizational meeting no later than October 31, 2009.

(6) The council shall (a) guide and assist the division in the design and implementation of the medical home pilot program and (b) promote the use of best practices to ensure access to medical homes for patients and accomplish the purposes of the Medical Home Pilot Program Act.

Source:Laws 2009, LB396, § 6.    Termination Date: June 30, 2014


68-962. Autism Treatment Program Act; act, how cited.

Sections 68-962 to 68-966 shall be known and may be cited as the Autism Treatment Program Act.

Source:Laws 2007, LB482, § 1;    R.S.1943, (2008), § 85-1,138; Laws 2009, LB27, § 2.    


68-963. Purpose of Autism Treatment Program Act.

The purpose of the Autism Treatment Program Act is to provide for the development and administration of a waiver or an amendment to an existing waiver under the medical assistance program established in section 68-903.

Source:Laws 2007, LB482, § 2;    R.S.1943, (2008), § 85-1,139; Laws 2009, LB27, § 3.    


68-964. Autism Treatment Program; created; administration; funding.

The Autism Treatment Program is created. The program shall be administered by the department.

Source:Laws 2007, LB482, § 3;    R.S.1943, (2008), § 85-1,140; Laws 2009, LB27, § 4.    


68-965. Autism Treatment Program Cash Fund; created; use; investment.

(1) The Autism Treatment Program Cash Fund is created. The fund shall include revenue received from gifts, grants, bequests, donations, other similar donation arrangements, or other contributions from public or private sources. The department shall administer the fund. The fund shall be used as the state's matching share for the waiver established under section 68-966 and for expenses incurred in the administration of the Autism Treatment Program. Any money in the fund available for investment shall be invested by the state investment officer pursuant to the Nebraska Capital Expansion Act and the Nebraska State Funds Investment Act.

(2) The program shall utilize private funds deposited in the fund. No donations from a provider of services under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act shall be deposited into the fund.

Source:Laws 2007, LB482, § 4;    R.S.1943, (2008), § 85-1,141; Laws 2009, LB27, § 5;    Laws 2012, LB969, § 8.    


Cross References

68-966. Department; apply for medical assistance program waiver or amendment; legislative intent.

(1) The department shall apply for a waiver or an amendment to an existing waiver under the medical assistance program established in section 68-903 for the purpose of providing medical assistance for intensive early intervention services based on behavioral principles for children with a medical diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder or an educational verification of autism. Such waiver shall not be construed to create an entitlement to services provided under such waiver.

(2) It is the intent of the Legislature that such waiver (a) require means testing for and cost-sharing by recipient families, (b) limit eligibility only to children for whom such services have been initiated prior to the age of nine years, (c) limit the number of children served according to available funding, (d) require demonstrated progress toward the attainment of treatment goals as a condition for continued receipt of medical assistance benefits for such treatment, (e) be developed in consultation with the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and with the input of parents and families of children with autism spectrum disorders and organizations advocating on behalf of such persons, and (f) be submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as soon as practicable, but no later than September 1, 2009.

Source:Laws 2007, LB482, § 5;    R.S.1943, (2008), § 85-1,142; Laws 2009, LB27, § 6.    


68-967. Comprehensive treatment of pediatric feeding disorders; amendment to state medicaid plan; department; duties.

(1) On or before July 1, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services shall submit an application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the United States Department of Health and Human Services amending the state medicaid plan to provide for medicaid payments for the comprehensive treatment of pediatric feeding disorders through interdisciplinary treatment.

(2) For purposes of this section, interdisciplinary treatment means the collaboration of medicine, psychology, nutrition science, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work, and other appropriate medical and behavioral disciplines in an integrated program.

(3) This section terminates on January 1, 2015, unless extended by action of the Legislature.

Source:Laws 2009, LB342, § 2.    Termination Date: January 1, 2015


68-968. School-based health centers; School Health Center Advisory Council; members.

(1) To ensure that the interests of the school district, community, and health care provider are reflected within the policies, procedures, and scope of services of school-based health centers, each school district shall establish a School Health Center Advisory Council for each school in the district hosting a school-based health center.

(2) The School Health Center Advisory Council shall include:

(a) At least one representative of the school administration or school district administration;

(b) At least one representative of the sponsoring facility; and

(c) At least one parent recommended by a school administrator or school district administrator and approved by a majority vote of the school board. Any parent serving on a School Health Center Advisory Council shall have at least one child enrolled in the school through which the school-based health center is organized.

(3) If another institution or organization sponsors the school-based health center, at least one representative of each sponsoring institution or organization shall be included on the School Health Center Advisory Council.

(4) School Health Center Advisory Councils may also include students enrolled in the school district through which the school-based health center is organized. Any such students must be appointed by a school administrator or school district administrator.

Source:Laws 2010, LB1106, § 4.    


68-969. Amendment to medicaid state plan or waiver; children eligible for medicaid and CHIP; treatment for pregnant women; department; duties.

(1) On or before July 1, 2010, the department shall submit an application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, amending the medicaid state plan or seeking a waiver thereto to provide for utilization of money to allow for payments for treatment for children who are lawfully residing in the United States and who are otherwise eligible for medicaid and CHIP pursuant to the federal Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, Public Law 111-3, as such act existed on January 1, 2010, and for treatment for pregnant women who are lawfully residing in the United States and who are otherwise eligible for medicaid pursuant to the federal Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, Public Law 111-3, as such act existed on January 1, 2010.

(2) For purposes of this section, (a) CHIP means the Children's Health Insurance Program established pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1397aa et seq., and (b) medicaid means the program for medical assistance established under 42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq., as such sections existed on January 1, 2010.

Source:Laws 2010, LB1106, § 5.    


68-970. Nebraska Regional Poison Center; legislative findings.

The Legislature finds that:

(1) The Nebraska Regional Poison Center funded through the University of Nebraska Medical Center Cash Fund provides a valuable service to Nebraska;

(2) The center receives over seventeen thousand calls annually, seventy-two percent of the calls involve children, and over twenty-seven percent of the calls relate to children in families whose annual household income is at or below two hundred percent of the federal poverty level;

(3) The operation of the center has resulted in over ninety percent of the calls regarding a child under six years of age being handled in a manner such that the child was able to remain at home and the child did not have to visit an emergency room or use 911 or emergency medical services; and

(4) The operation of the center results in a cost savings of one hundred seventy-five dollars per call in 1996 dollars.

Source:Laws 2011, LB525, § 2.    


68-971. Amendment to medicaid state plan or waiver; Nebraska Regional Poison Center; payments; use; department; duties; University of Nebraska Medical Center; report.

(1) On or before January 1, 2012, the department shall submit an application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the United States Department of Health and Human Services to amend the medicaid state plan or seek a waiver to provide for utilization of the unused administrative cap to allow for payments to the Nebraska Regional Poison Center funded through the University of Nebraska Medical Center Cash Fund to help offset the cost for treatment of children who are eligible for assistance under the medical assistance program and the Children's Health Insurance Program established pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1397aa et seq., pursuant to the federal Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, Public Law 111-3, as such act existed on January 1, 2010.

(2) Upon approval of the amendment to the medicaid state plan or the granting of the waiver, the University of Nebraska Medical Center shall transfer an amount, not to exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars, to the Health and Human Services Cash Fund for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to meet the state match to maximize the use of the unused administrative cap money. At the time the department receives the transferred amount or any portion thereof and the corollary federal funds, the department shall transfer the combined funds to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Cash Fund for operation of the Nebraska Regional Poison Center. If no amendment is approved nor waiver granted or if less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars is needed for the match, then the University of Nebraska Medical Center may use the remaining state appropriation for the operation of the Nebraska Regional Poison Center.

(3) The University of Nebraska Medical Center shall report electronically to the Legislative Fiscal Analyst on or before October 1 of every year the amount transferred to the department in the prior fiscal year and the amount of matching funds received under this section for the Nebraska Regional Poison Center in the prior fiscal year.

Source:Laws 2011, LB525, § 3;    Laws 2012, LB782, § 94.    


68-972. Prenatal care; legislative findings; creation of separate program; benefits provided; department; submit state plan amendment or waiver; eligibility.

(1) The Legislature finds that:

(a) Title XXI of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, authorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program to assist state efforts to initiate and expand provisions of child health assistance to uninsured, low-income children;

(b) As defined in Title XXI of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, child means an individual under the age of nineteen years, including any period of time from conception to birth, up to age nineteen years;

(c) Pursuant to Title XXI of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, eligibility can only be conferred to a targeted low-income child, including an unborn child, under a separate child health program;

(d) Under Title XXI of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, child health assistance is available to benefit unborn children independent of the mother's eligibility and immigration status;

(e) Under Title XXI of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, child health assistance expressly includes prenatal care that connects to the health of the unborn child;

(f) Prenatal care has been clearly shown to reduce the likelihood of premature delivery or low birth weight, both of which are associated with a wide range of congenital disabilities as well as infant mortality, and such care can detect a great number of serious and even life-threatening disabilities, many of which can now be successfully treated in utero;

(g) Ensuring prenatal care for more children will significantly help reduce infant mortality and morbidity rates and will spare many infants from the burden of congenital disabilities and reduce the cost of treating those congenital disabilities after birth;

(h) It is well established that access to prenatal care can improve health outcomes during infancy as well as over a child's life. Since healthy babies and children require less medical care than babies and children with health problems, provision of prenatal care will result in lower medical expenditures for the affected children in the long run; and

(i) Adopting federal law to provide for medical services related to unborn children before birth will result in healthier infants, better long-term child growth and development, and ultimate cost savings to the state through reduced expenditures for high cost neonatal and potential long-term medical rehabilitation.

(2) Such coverage shall be implemented through the creation of a separate program as allowed under Title XXI of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, and 42 C.F.R. 457.10, solely for the unborn children of mothers who are ineligible for coverage under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act. All other aspects of the medical assistance program relating to the State Children's Health Insurance Program remain a medicaid expansion program as defined in 42 C.F.R. 457.10.

(3) The benefits provided pursuant to this subsection, unless the recipient qualifies for coverage under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, shall be prenatal care and pregnancy-related services connected to the health of the unborn child, including: (a) Professional fees for labor and delivery, including live birth, fetal death, miscarriage, and ectopic pregnancy; (b) pharmaceuticals and prescription vitamins; (c) outpatient hospital care; (d) radiology, ultrasound, and other necessary imaging; (e) necessary laboratory testing; (f) hospital costs related to labor and delivery; (g) services related to conditions that could complicate the pregnancy, including those for diagnosis or treatment of illness or medical conditions that threaten the carrying of the unborn child to full term or the safe delivery of the unborn child; and (h) other pregnancy-related services approved by the department. Services not covered under this subsection include medical issues separate to the mother and unrelated to pregnancy.

(4) The department shall receive the state and federal funds appropriated or provided for benefits provided pursuant to this section. Within thirty days after July 19, 2012, the department shall submit a state plan amendment or waiver for approval by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide coverage under the medical assistance program to persons eligible under this section.

(5) Eligibility shall be determined under this section using an income budgetary methodology that determines children's eligibility at no greater than one hundred eighty-five percent of the Office of Management and Budget income poverty guideline.

Source:Laws 2012, LB599, § 4.    


68-973. Improper payments; postpayment reimbursement; legislative findings.

The Legislature finds that the medical assistance program would benefit from increased efforts to (1) prevent improper payments to service providers, including, but not limited to, enforcement of eligibility criteria for recipients of benefits, enforcement of enrollment criteria for providers of benefits, determination of third-party liability for benefits, review of claims for benefits prior to payment, and identification of the extent and cause of improper payment, (2) identify and recoup improper payments, including, but not limited to, identification and investigation of questionable payments for benefits, administrative recoupment of payments for benefits, and referral of cases of fraud to the state medicaid fraud control unit for prosecution, and (3) collect postpayment reimbursement, including, but not limited to, maximizing prescribed drug rebates and maximizing recoveries from estates for paid benefits.

Source:Laws 2012, LB541, § 2.    


68-974. Recovery audit contractors; contracts; contents; duties; health insurance premium assistance payment program; contract; department; powers and duties; form of records authorized; appeal; report.

(1) The department shall contract with one or more recovery audit contractors to promote the integrity of the medical assistance program and to assist with cost-containment efforts and recovery audits. The contract or contracts shall include services for (a) cost-avoidance through identification of third-party liability, (b) cost recovery of third-party liability through postpayment reimbursement, (c) casualty recovery of payments by identifying and recovering costs for claims that were the result of an accident or neglect and payable by a casualty insurer, and (d) reviews of claims submitted by providers of services or other individuals furnishing items and services for which payment has been made to determine whether providers have been underpaid or overpaid, and to take actions to recover any overpayments identified or make payment for any underpayment identified.

(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all recovery audit contractors retained by the department when conducting a recovery audit shall:

(a) Review claims within two years from the date of the payment;

(b) Send a determination letter concluding an audit within sixty days after receipt of all requested material from a provider;

(c) In any records request to a provider, furnish information sufficient for the provider to identify the patient, procedure, or location;

(d) Develop and implement with the department a procedure in which an improper payment identified by an audit may be resubmitted as a claims adjustment;

(e) Utilize a licensed health care professional from the area of practice being audited to establish relevant audit methodology consistent with established practice guidelines, standards of care, and state-issued medicaid provider handbooks;

(f) Provide a written notification and explanation of an adverse determination that includes the reason for the adverse determination, the medical criteria on which the adverse determination was based, an explanation of the provider's appeal rights, and, if applicable, the appropriate procedure to submit a claims adjustment in accordance with subdivision (2)(d) of this section; and

(g) Schedule any onsite audits with advance notice of not less than ten business days and make a good faith effort to establish a mutually agreed upon time and date for the onsite audit.

(3) The department shall exclude the following from the scope of review of recovery audit contractors: (a) Claims processed or paid through a capitated medicaid managed care program; and (b) any claims that are currently being audited or that have already been audited by the recovery audit contractor or currently being audited by another entity. No payment shall be recovered in a medical necessity review in which the provider has obtained prior authorization for the service and the service was performed as authorized.

(4) The department shall contract with one or more persons to support a health insurance premium assistance payment program.

(5) The department may enter into any other contracts deemed to increase the efforts to promote the integrity of the medical assistance program.

(6) Contracts entered into under the authority of this section may be on a contingent fee basis. Contracts entered into on a contingent fee basis shall provide that contingent fee payments are based upon amounts recovered, not amounts identified. Whether the contract is a contingent fee contract or otherwise, the contractor shall not recover overpayments by the department until all appeals have been completed unless there is a credible allegation of fraudulent activity by the provider, the contractor has referred the claims to the department for investigation, and an investigation has commenced. In that event, the contractor may recover overpayment prior to the conclusion of the appeals process. In any contract between the department and a recovery audit contractor, the payment or fee provided for identification of overpayments shall be the same provided for identification of underpayments. Contracts shall be in compliance with federal law and regulations when pertinent, including a limit on contingent fees of no more than twelve and one-half percent of amounts recovered, and initial contracts shall be entered into as soon as practicable under such federal law and regulations.

(7) All amounts recovered and savings generated as a result of this section shall be returned to the medical assistance program.

(8) Records requests made by a recovery audit contractor in any one-hundred-eighty-day period shall be limited to not more than five percent of the number of claims filed by the provider for the specific service being reviewed, not to exceed two hundred records. The contractor shall allow a provider no less than forty-five days to respond to and comply with a record request. If the contractor can demonstrate a significant provider error rate relative to an audit of records, the contractor may make a request to the department to initiate an additional records request regarding the subject under review for the purpose of further review and validation. The contractor shall not make the request until the time period for the appeals process has expired.

(9) On an annual basis, the department shall require the recovery audit contractor to compile and publish on the department's Internet web site metrics related to the performance of each recovery audit contractor. Such metrics shall include: (a) The number and type of issues reviewed; (b) the number of medical records requested; (c) the number of overpayments and the aggregate dollar amounts associated with the overpayments identified by the contractor; (d) the number of underpayments and the aggregate dollar amounts associated with the identified underpayments; (e) the duration of audits from initiation to time of completion; (f) the number of adverse determinations and the overturn rating of those determinations in the appeal process; (g) the number of appeals filed by providers and the disposition status of such appeals; (h) the contractor's compensation structure and dollar amount of compensation; and (i) a copy of the department's contract with the recovery audit contractor.

(10) The recovery audit contractor, in conjunction with the department, shall perform educational and training programs annually for providers that encompass a summary of audit results, a description of common issues, problems, and mistakes identified through audits and reviews, and opportunities for improvement.

(11) Providers shall be allowed to submit records requested as a result of an audit in electronic format which shall include compact disc, digital versatile disc, or other electronic format deemed appropriate by the department or via facsimile transmission, at the request of the provider.

(12)(a) A provider shall have the right to appeal a determination made by the recovery audit contractor.

(b) The contractor shall establish an informal consultation process to be utilized prior to the issuance of a final determination. Within thirty days after receipt of notification of a preliminary finding from the contractor, the provider may request an informal consultation with the contractor to discuss and attempt to resolve the findings or portion of such findings in the preliminary findings letter. The request shall be made to the contractor. The consultation shall occur within thirty days after the provider's request for informal consultation, unless otherwise agreed to by both parties.

(c) Within thirty days after notification of an adverse determination, a provider may request an administrative appeal of the adverse determination as set forth in the Administrative Procedure Act.

(13) The department shall by December 1 of each year report to the Legislature the status of the contracts, including the parties, the programs and issues addressed, the estimated cost recovery, and the savings accrued as a result of the contracts. Such report shall be filed electronically.

(14) For purposes of this section:

(a) Adverse determination means any decision rendered by the recovery audit contractor that results in a payment to a provider for a claim for service being reduced or rescinded;

(b) Person means bodies politic and corporate, societies, communities, the public generally, individuals, partnerships, limited liability companies, joint-stock companies, and associations; and

(c) Recovery audit contractor means private entities with which the department contracts to audit claims for medical assistance, identify underpayments and overpayments, and recoup overpayments.

Source:Laws 2012, LB541, § 3;    Laws 2015, LB315, § 1.    


Cross References

68-975. Department; apply for amendment to medicaid state plan; multisystemic therapy for youth.

(1) On or before May 1, 2016, the department shall submit an application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the United States Department of Health and Human Services to amend the medicaid state plan to provide for utilization of money to allow for payments for multisystemic therapy for youth who are eligible for the medical assistance program and CHIP pursuant to the federal Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, Public Law 111-3, as such act existed on January 1, 2015.

(2) For purposes of this section, CHIP means the Children's Health Insurance Program established pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1397aa et seq., as such section existed on January 1, 2015.

Source:Laws 2015, LB500, § 2.    


68-976. Provider with high categorical risk level; fingerprint-based criminal history record information check; Nebraska State Patrol; issue report; cost; department; powers and duties.

(1)(a) Any provider with a high categorical risk level as determined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or the medicaid assistance program established pursuant to the Medical Assistance Act shall be subject to a fingerprint-based criminal history record information check.

(b) Such provider who is an individual, or any individual with at least a five percent direct or indirect ownership interest in any such provider, shall provide his or her fingerprints to the Nebraska State Patrol. The Nebraska State Patrol shall undertake a search for fingerprint-based criminal history record information relating to such provider, including transmittal of the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national fingerprint-based criminal history record information check.

(c) The fingerprint-based criminal history record information check shall include information concerning the provider from federal repositories of such information and repositories of such information in other states, if authorized by federal law.

(d) The Nebraska State Patrol shall issue a report to the department that includes the fingerprint-based criminal history record information concerning the provider.

(e) The provider or individual being screened shall pay the actual cost of the fingerprinting and fingerprint-based criminal history record information check.

(2) The department shall maintain a record of the results of the fingerprint-based criminal history record information check.

(3) The department may deny or terminate the enrollment of:

(a) Any provider who is an individual who does not pass the national fingerprint-based criminal history record information check; or

(b) Any provider in which an individual with at least a five percent direct or indirect ownership interest in the provider does not pass the national fingerprint-based criminal history record information check. Criteria for not passing the fingerprint-based criminal history record information check includes at least the following: (i) Any criminal conviction within the last ten years related to the provider's involvement with the federal Health Insurance for the Aged Act, 42 U.S.C. 1305 et seq., any program or assistance set forth in Chapter 68, or the federal Children's Health Insurance Program established pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1397aa, as such act, laws, and section existed on January 1, 2016; or (ii) any conviction involving fraudulent activities.

Source:Laws 2016, LB698, § 16.    
Operative Date: March 31, 2016


68-1001. Assistance to the aged, blind, or disabled; program; administration.

There is hereby established in and for the State of Nebraska a program to be known as assistance to the aged, blind, or disabled, which assistance shall be administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. Such assistance shall consist of money payments to, medical care in behalf of, or any type of remedial care in behalf of needy individuals.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 395, § 1, p. 1264; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 36; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 304.


68-1001.01. Department of Health and Human Services; rules and regulations; promulgate.

For the purpose of adding to the security and social adjustment of former and potential recipients of assistance to the aged, blind, and disabled, and of medical assistance, the Department of Health and Human Services is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations providing for services to such persons.

Source:Laws 1969, c. 558, § 1, p. 2274; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 305; Laws 2007, LB296, § 264.    


Annotations

68-1001.02. Assistance; action for reimbursement; statute of limitations; when commences to run.

No statute of limitations shall apply to any claim or cause of action, belonging to the county or state on account of the payment of assistance to the aged, blind or disabled while the recipient, former recipient, spouse, or dependent children of such recipient survive.

Source:Laws 1935, Spec. Sess., c. 28, § 13, p. 172; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 68-269; R.S.1943, § 68-216; Laws 1965, c. 395, § 22, p. 1272; R.S.1943, (1990), § 68-216.


Annotations

68-1002. Persons eligible for assistance.

In order to qualify for assistance to the aged, blind, or disabled, an individual:

(1) Must be a bona fide resident of the State of Nebraska, except that a resident of another state who enters the State of Nebraska solely for the purpose of receiving care in a home licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services shall not be deemed to be a bona fide resident of Nebraska while such care is being provided;

(2) Shall not be receiving care or services as an inmate of a public institution, except as a patient in a medical institution, and if the individual is a patient in an institution for tuberculosis or mental diseases, he or she has attained the age of sixty-five years;

(3) Shall not have deprived himself or herself directly or indirectly of any property whatsoever for the purpose of qualifying for assistance to the aged, blind, or disabled;

(4) May receive care in a public or private institution only if such institution is subject to a state authority or authorities which shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining standards for such institutions; and

(5) Must be in need of shelter, maintenance, or medical care.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 395, § 2, p. 1264; Laws 1965, c. 396, § 1, p. 1274; Laws 1965, c. 397, § 1, p. 1276; Laws 1967, c. 409, § 2, p. 1273; Laws 1969, c. 343, § 5, p. 1208; Laws 1977, LB 480, § 1; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 306; Laws 2007, LB296, § 265.    


Annotations

68-1003. Assistance to the aged; additional qualifications required.

In order to qualify for assistance to the aged, an individual must, in addition to the requirements set forth in section 68-1002, have attained the age of sixty-five years.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 395, § 3, p. 1265.


68-1004. Assistance to the blind; additional qualifications required.

In order to qualify for assistance to the blind, an individual must, in addition to the requirements set forth in section 68-1002, have been determined to be blind by an examination by a physician skilled in diseases of the eye or by an optometrist.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 395, § 4, p. 1265; Laws 1977, LB 311, § 1.


68-1005. Assistance to the disabled; additional qualifications required; department; powers and duties.

In order to qualify for assistance to the disabled, an individual shall, in addition to the requirements set forth in section 68-1002, be considered to be disabled if he or she is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than one hundred eighty days or, in the case of a child under eighteen years of age, if he or she suffers from any medically determinable physical or mental impairment of comparable severity. In determining eligibility for assistance to the disabled, the Department of Health and Human Services may adopt the determination of the Social Security Administration that an individual is or is not disabled for the purposes of the federal programs of Supplemental Security Income or Old Age Survivors' and Disability Insurance, except that if the Social Security Administration has denied benefits to an individual on the basis of the duration of the individual's disability, the department shall perform an independent medical review of such individual's disability.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 395, § 5, p. 1266; Laws 1976, LB 454, § 1; Laws 1977, LB 311, § 2; Laws 1984, LB 1127, § 1; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 307.


68-1006. Assistance to the aged, blind, or disabled; amount authorized per person; payment.

The amount of assistance to the aged, blind or disabled shall be based on the need of the individual and the circumstances existing in each case. When permitted by the federal old age and survivors insurance act, any accumulations of increased benefits under such act may be disregarded when determining need. Payments shall be made by state warrant directly to each recipient.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 395, § 6, p. 1266; Laws 1965, c. 397, § 2, p. 1277; Laws 1967, c. 410, § 1, p. 1274; Laws 1969, c. 535, § 2, p. 2180.


68-1006.01. Personal needs allowance; amount authorized.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall include in the standard of need for eligible aged, blind, and disabled persons at least sixty dollars per month for a personal needs allowance if such persons reside in an alternative living arrangement.

For purposes of this section, an alternative living arrangement shall include board and room, a boarding home, a certified adult family home, a licensed assisted-living facility, a licensed residential child-caring agency as defined in section 71-1926, a licensed center for the developmentally disabled, and a long-term care facility.

Source:Laws 1991, LB 57, § 1; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 308; Laws 1997, LB 608, § 3; Laws 1999, LB 119, § 1;    Laws 2000, LB 819, § 79;    Laws 2013, LB265, § 37;    Laws 2015, LB366, § 1.    


68-1007. Determination of need; elements considered; amounts disregarded.

In determining need for assistance to the aged, blind, or disabled, the Department of Health and Human Services shall take into consideration all other income and resources of the individual claiming such assistance, as well as any expenses reasonably attributable to the earning of any such income, except as otherwise provided in this section. In making such determination with respect to any individual who is blind, there shall be disregarded the first eighty-five dollars per month of earned income plus one-half of earned income in excess of eighty-five dollars per month and, for a period not in excess of twelve months, such additional amounts of other income and resources, in the case of an individual who has an approved plan for achieving self-support, as may be necessary for the fulfillment of such plan. In making such determination with respect to an individual who has attained age sixty-five, or who is permanently and totally disabled, and is claiming aid to the aged, blind, or disabled, the department shall disregard earned income at least to the extent such income was disregarded on January 1, 1972, as provided in 42 U.S.C. 1396a(f).

Source:Laws 1965, c. 395, § 7, p. 1266; Laws 1967, c. 411, § 1, p. 1275; Laws 1969, c. 539, § 1, p. 2189; Laws 1972, LB 760, § 1; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 37; Laws 1987, LB 255, § 1; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 309; Laws 2007, LB296, § 266.    


Cross References

68-1008. Application for assistance; investigation; notification.

Upon the filing of an application for assistance to the aged, blind, or disabled, the Department of Health and Human Services shall make such investigation as it deems necessary to determine the circumstances existing in each case. Each applicant and recipient shall be notified in writing as to (1) the approval or disapproval of any application, (2) the amount of payments awarded, (3) any change in the amount of payments awarded, and (4) the discontinuance of payments.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 395, § 8, p. 1267; Laws 1967, c. 253, § 2, p. 673; Laws 1977, LB 312, § 8; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 38; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 310; Laws 2007, LB296, § 267.    


68-1009. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-1010. Repealed. Laws 1982, LB 522, § 46.

68-1011. Repealed. Laws 1972, LB 760, § 2.

68-1012. Repealed. Laws 1969, c. 532, § 2.

68-1013. Assistance to the aged, blind, and disabled; not vested right; not assignable; exemption from levy.

No person shall have any vested right to any claim against the county or state for assistance of any kind by virtue of being or having been a recipient of assistance to the aged, blind or disabled, aid to dependent children, or medical assistance for the aged. No such assistance shall be alienable by assignment or transfer, or be subject to attachment, garnishment or any other legal process.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 394, § 1, p. 1261.


68-1014. Assistance; payment to guardian or conservator; when authorized.

If any guardian or conservator shall have been appointed to take charge of the property of any recipient of assistance to the aged, blind, or disabled, aid to dependent children, or medical assistance, such assistance payments shall be made to the guardian or conservator upon his or her filing with the Department of Health and Human Services a certified copy of his or her letters of guardianship or conservatorship.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 394, § 2, p. 1261; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 39; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 311; Laws 2007, LB296, § 268.    


68-1015. Assistance; investigation; attendance of witnesses; production of records; subpoena power; oaths.

For the purpose of any investigation or hearing, the chief executive officer of the Department of Health and Human Services and the division directors appointed pursuant to section 81-3115, through authorized agents, shall have the power to compel, by subpoena, the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers. Witnesses may be examined on oath or affirmation.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 394, § 3, p. 1262; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 40; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 312; Laws 2007, LB296, § 269.    


68-1016. Assistance; appeals; procedure.

The chief executive officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, or his or her designated representative, shall provide for granting an opportunity for a fair hearing to any individual whose claim for assistance to the aged, blind, or disabled, aid to dependent children, emergency assistance, medical assistance, commodities, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits is denied, is not granted in full, or is not acted upon with reasonable promptness. An appeal shall be taken by filing with the department a written notice of appeal setting forth the facts on which the appeal is based. The department shall thereupon, in writing, notify the appellant of the time and place for hearing which shall be not less than one week nor more than six weeks from the date of such notice. Hearings shall be before the duly authorized agent of the department. On the basis of evidence adduced, the duly authorized agent shall enter a final order on such appeal, which order shall be transmitted to the appellant.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 394, § 4, p. 1262; Laws 1969, c. 540, § 1, p. 2190; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 41; Laws 1989, LB 362, § 9; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 313; Laws 1998, LB 1073, § 57; Laws 2007, LB296, § 270;    Laws 2009, LB288, § 25.    


Annotations

68-1017. Assistance; violations; penalties.

(1) Any person, including vendors and providers of medical assistance and social services, who, by means of a willfully false statement or representation, or by impersonation or other device, obtains or attempts to obtain, or aids or abets any person to obtain or to attempt to obtain (a) an assistance certificate of award to which he or she is not entitled, (b) any commodity, any foodstuff, any food instrument, any Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit or electronic benefit card, or any payment to which such individual is not entitled or a larger payment than that to which he or she is entitled, (c) any payment made on behalf of a recipient of medical assistance or social services, or (d) any other benefit administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, or who violates any statutory provision relating to assistance to the aged, blind, or disabled, aid to dependent children, social services, or medical assistance, commits an offense.

(2) Any person who commits an offense under subsection (1) of this section shall upon conviction be punished as follows: (a) If the aggregate value of all funds or other benefits obtained or attempted to be obtained is less than five hundred dollars, the person so convicted shall be guilty of a Class IV misdemeanor; (b) if the aggregate value of all funds or other benefits obtained or attempted to be obtained is five hundred dollars or more but less than one thousand five hundred dollars, the person so convicted shall be guilty of a Class III misdemeanor; or (c) if the aggregate value of all funds and other benefits obtained or attempted to be obtained is one thousand five hundred dollars or more, the person so convicted shall be guilty of a Class IV felony.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 394, § 5, p. 1262; Laws 1969, c. 541, § 1, p. 2192; Laws 1977, LB 39, § 127; Laws 1984, LB 1127, § 2; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 314; Laws 1998, LB 1073, § 58; Laws 2007, LB296, § 271;    Laws 2009, LB288, § 26;    Laws 2010, LB849, § 14;    Laws 2015, LB605, § 79.    


68-1017.01. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; violations; penalties.

(1) A person commits an offense if he or she knowingly uses, alters, or transfers any Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits or electronic benefit cards or any authorizations to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in any manner not authorized by law. An offense under this subsection shall be a Class IV misdemeanor if the value of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, electronic benefit cards, or authorizations is less than five hundred dollars, shall be a Class III misdemeanor if the value is five hundred dollars or more but less than one thousand five hundred dollars, and shall be a Class IV felony if the value is one thousand five hundred dollars or more.

(2) A person commits an offense if he or she knowingly (a) possesses any Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits or electronic benefit cards or any authorizations to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program when such individual is not authorized by law to possess them, (b) redeems Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits or electronic benefit cards when he or she is not authorized by law to redeem them, or (c) redeems Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits or electronic benefit cards for purposes not authorized by law. An offense under this subsection shall be a Class IV misdemeanor if the value of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, electronic benefit cards, or authorizations is less than five hundred dollars, shall be a Class III misdemeanor if the value is five hundred dollars or more but less than one thousand five hundred dollars, and shall be a Class IV felony if the value is one thousand five hundred dollars or more.

(3) A person commits an offense if he or she knowingly possesses blank authorizations to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program when such possession is not authorized by law. An offense under this subsection shall be a Class IV felony.

(4) When any Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits or electronic benefit cards or any authorizations to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program of various values are obtained in violation of this section pursuant to one scheme or a continuing course of conduct, whether from the same or several sources, such conduct may be considered as one offense, and the values aggregated in determining the grade of the offense.

Source:Laws 1984, LB 1127, § 3; Laws 1998, LB 1073, § 59; Laws 2009, LB288, § 27;    Laws 2010, LB849, § 15;    Laws 2015, LB605, § 80.    


68-1017.02. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; department; duties; state outreach plan; report; contents; person ineligible; when.

(1)(a) The Department of Health and Human Services shall apply for and utilize to the maximum extent possible, within limits established by the Legislature, any and all appropriate options available to the state under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and regulations adopted under such program to maximize the number of Nebraska residents being served under such program within such limits. The department shall seek to maximize federal funding for such program and minimize the utilization of General Funds for such program and shall employ the personnel necessary to determine the options available to the state and issue the report to the Legislature required by subdivision (b) of this subsection.

(b) The department shall submit electronically an annual report to the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature by December 1 on efforts by the department to carry out the provisions of this subsection. Such report shall provide the committee with all necessary and appropriate information to enable the committee to conduct a meaningful evaluation of such efforts. Such information shall include, but not be limited to, a clear description of various options available to the state under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the department's evaluation of and any action taken by the department with respect to such options, the number of persons being served under such program, and any and all costs and expenditures associated with such program.

(c) The Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature, after receipt and evaluation of the report required in subdivision (b) of this subsection, shall issue recommendations to the department on any further action necessary by the department to meet the requirements of this section.

(2)(a) The department shall develop a state outreach plan to promote access by eligible persons to benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The plan shall meet the criteria established by the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture for approval of state outreach plans. The Department of Health and Human Services may apply for and accept gifts, grants, and donations to develop and implement the state outreach plan.

(b) For purposes of developing and implementing the state outreach plan, the department shall partner with one or more counties or nonprofit organizations. If the department enters into a contract with a nonprofit organization relating to the state outreach plan, the contract may specify that the nonprofit organization is responsible for seeking sufficient gifts, grants, or donations necessary for the development and implementation of the state outreach plan and may additionally specify that any costs to the department associated with the award and management of the contract or the implementation or administration of the state outreach plan shall be paid out of private or federal funds received for development and implementation of the state outreach plan.

(c) The department shall submit the state outreach plan to the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture for approval on or before August 1, 2011, and shall request any federal matching funds that may be available upon approval of the state outreach plan. It is the intent of the Legislature that the State of Nebraska and the Department of Health and Human Services use any additional public or private funds to offset costs associated with increased caseload resulting from the implementation of the state outreach plan.

(d) The department shall be exempt from implementing or administering a state outreach plan under this subsection, but not from developing such a plan, if it does not receive private or federal funds sufficient to cover the department's costs associated with the implementation and administration of the plan, including any costs associated with increased caseload resulting from the implementation of the plan.

(3)(a)(i) On or before October 1, 2011, the department shall create a TANF-funded program or policy that, in compliance with federal law, establishes categorical eligibility for federal food assistance benefits pursuant to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to maximize the number of Nebraska residents being served under such program in a manner that does not increase the current gross income eligibility limit.

(ii) Such TANF-funded program or policy shall eliminate all asset limits for eligibility for federal food assistance benefits, except that the total of liquid assets which includes cash on hand and funds in personal checking and savings accounts, money market accounts, and share accounts shall not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars pursuant to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as allowed under federal law and under 7 C.F.R. 273.2(j)(2).

(iii) This subsection becomes effective only if the department receives funds pursuant to federal participation that may be used to implement this subsection.

(b) For purposes of this subsection:

(i) Federal law means the federal Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, 7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq., and regulations adopted under the act; and

(ii) TANF means the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program established in 42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.

(4)(a) Within the limits specified in this subsection, the State of Nebraska opts out of the provision of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, as such act existed on January 1, 2009, that eliminates eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for any person convicted of a felony involving the possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance.

(b) A person shall be ineligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits under this subsection if he or she (i) has had three or more felony convictions for the possession or use of a controlled substance or (ii) has been convicted of a felony involving the sale or distribution of a controlled substance or the intent to sell or distribute a controlled substance. A person with one or two felony convictions for the possession or use of a controlled substance shall only be eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits under this subsection if he or she is participating in or has completed a state-licensed or nationally accredited substance abuse treatment program since the date of conviction. The determination of such participation or completion shall be made by the treatment provider administering the program.

Source:Laws 2003, LB 667, § 22;    Laws 2005, LB 301, § 2;    Laws 2008, LB171, § 1;    Laws 2009, LB288, § 28;    Laws 2011, LB543, § 1;    Laws 2012, LB782, § 95.    


68-1018. Transferred to section 68-903.

68-1019. Transferred to section 68-911.

68-1019.01. Transferred to section 68-912.

68-1019.02. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1019.03. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1019.04. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1019.05. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1019.06. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1019.07. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 985.

68-1019.08. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 1155, § 121.

68-1019.09. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1020. Transferred to section 68-915.

68-1021. Transferred to section 68-906.

68-1021.01. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1022. Transferred to section 68-910.

68-1023. Transferred to section 68-908.

68-1023.01. Repealed. Laws 1993, LB 816, § 22.

68-1024. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1025. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1025.01. Transferred to section 68-913.

68-1026. Transferred to section 68-916.

68-1027. Transferred to section 68-917.

68-1028. Transferred to section 68-918.

68-1029. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1030. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1031. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1032. Repealed. Laws 1993, LB 816, § 22.

68-1033. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1034. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1035. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1035.01. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1036. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1036.01. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 1155, § 121.

68-1036.02. Transferred to section 68-919.

68-1036.03. Transferred to section 68-920.

68-1037. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1037.01. Transferred to section 68-1073.

68-1037.02. Transferred to section 68-1074.

68-1037.03. Transferred to section 68-1075.

68-1037.04. Transferred to section 68-1079.

68-1037.05. Transferred to section 68-1080.

68-1037.06. Repealed. Laws 2000, LB 1135, § 34.

68-1038. Transferred to section 68-921.

68-1039. Transferred to section 68-922.

68-1040. Transferred to section 68-923.

68-1041. Repealed. Laws 1989, LB 362, § 19.

68-1042. Transferred to section 68-924.

68-1043. Transferred to section 68-925.

68-1044. Repealed. Laws 1989, LB 362, § 19.

68-1045. Repealed. Laws 1989, LB 362, § 19.

68-1046. Repealed. Laws 1989, LB 362, § 19.

68-1047. Repealed. Laws 2000, LB 1352, § 4.

68-1048. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1049. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1050. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1051. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1052. Repealed. Laws 2000, LB 892, § 7.

68-1053. Repealed. Laws 2000, LB 892, § 7.

68-1054. Repealed. Laws 2000, LB 892, § 7.

68-1055. Repealed. Laws 2000, LB 892, § 7.

68-1056. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1057. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1058. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1059. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1060. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1061. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1062. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1063. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1064. Repealed. Laws 2005, LB 301, § 78.

68-1065. Repealed. Laws 2000, LB 892, § 7.

68-1066. Repealed. Laws 2000, LB 892, § 7.

68-1067. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1068. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1069. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1070. Repealed. Laws 2011, LB 465, § 2.

68-1071. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1072. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1073. Transferred to section 68-934.

68-1074. Transferred to section 68-935.

68-1075. Transferred to section 68-936.

68-1076. Transferred to section 68-937.

68-1077. Transferred to section 68-938.

68-1078. Transferred to section 68-939.

68-1079. Transferred to section 68-940.

68-1080. Transferred to section 68-941.

68-1081. Transferred to section 68-942.

68-1082. Transferred to section 68-943.

68-1083. Transferred to section 68-944.

68-1084. Transferred to section 68-945.

68-1085. Transferred to section 68-946.

68-1086. Transferred to section 68-947.

68-1087. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1088. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1089. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1090. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1091. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1092. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1093. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1094. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1095. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 965, § 10; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1095.01. Long-Term Care Partnership Program; established; Department of Health and Human Services; duties.

The Long-Term Care Partnership Program is established. The program shall be administered by the Department of Health and Human Services in accordance with federal requirements on state long-term care partnership programs. In order to implement the program, the department shall file a state plan amendment with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pursuant to the requirements set forth in 42 U.S.C. 1396p(b), as such section existed on March 1, 2006.

Source:Laws 2006, LB 965, § 7;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 272.    


68-1096. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 965, § 10; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1097. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 965, § 10; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1098. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 965, § 10; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-1099. Repealed. Laws 2006, LB 965, § 10; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 92.

68-10,100. Transferred to section 68-926.

68-10,101. Transferred to section 68-927.

68-10,102. Transferred to section 68-928.

68-10,103. Transferred to section 68-929.

68-10,104. Transferred to section 68-930.

68-10,105. Transferred to section 68-931.

68-10,106. Transferred to section 68-932.

68-10,107. Transferred to section 68-933.

68-1101. Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care Advisory Committee on Aging; created; members; appointment; term; vacancy.

The Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care Advisory Committee on Aging is created. The committee shall consist of twelve members, one from each of the planning-and-service areas as designated in the Nebraska Community Aging Services Act and the remaining members from the state at large.

Any member serving on the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Aging on July 1, 2007, shall continue to serve until his or her term expires. As the terms of the members expire, the Governor shall, on or before March 1 of such year, appoint or reappoint a member of the committee for a term of four years. Each area agency on aging serving a designated planning-and-service area shall recommend to the Governor the names of persons qualified to represent the senior population of the planning-and-service area. Any vacancy on the committee shall be filled for the unexpired term. A vacancy shall exist when a member of the committee ceases to be a resident of the planning-and-service area from which he or she was appointed or reappointed. The members to be appointed to represent a planning-and-service area shall be residents of the planning-and-service area from which they are appointed. Members of the advisory committee shall not be elected public officials or staff of the Department of Health and Human Services or of an area agency on aging.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 409, § 1, p. 1311; Laws 1971, LB 97, § 1; Laws 1982, LB 404, § 30; Laws 1987, LB 456, § 1; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 341; Laws 2007, LB296, § 273.    


Cross References

68-1102. Repealed. Laws 1987, LB 456, § 2.

68-1103. Committee; officers; meetings.

Members of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care Advisory Committee on Aging shall meet within thirty days after their appointment to select from the members of the committee a chairperson, and such other officers as committee members deem necessary, who shall serve for a period of two years. The committee shall elect a new chairperson every two years thereafter. The committee shall meet at regular intervals at least once each year and may hold special meetings at the call of the chairperson or at the request of a majority of the members of the committee. The committee shall meet at the seat of government or such other place as the members of the committee may designate.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 409, § 3, p. 1312; Laws 1971, LB 97, § 2; Laws 1982, LB 404, § 31; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 342; Laws 2007, LB296, § 274.    


68-1104. Committee; duties.

The Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care Advisory Committee on Aging shall advise the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care of the Department of Health and Human Services regarding:

(1) The collection of facts and statistics and special studies of conditions and problems pertaining to the employment, health, financial status, recreation, social adjustment, or other conditions and problems pertaining to the general welfare of the aging of the state;

(2) Recommendations to state and local agencies serving the aging for purposes of coordinating such agencies' activities, and reports from the various state agencies and institutions on matters within the jurisdiction of the committee;

(3) The latest developments of research, studies, and programs being conducted throughout the nation on the problems and needs of the aging;

(4) The mutual exchange of ideas and information on the aging between federal, state, and local governmental agencies, private organizations, and individuals; and

(5) Cooperation with agencies, federal, state, and local or private organizations, in administering and supervising demonstration programs of services for aging designed to foster continued participation of older people in family and community life and to prevent insofar as possible the onset of dependency and the need for long-term institutional care.

The committee shall have the power to create special committees to undertake such special studies as members of the committee shall authorize and may include noncommittee members who are qualified in any field of activity related to the general welfare of the aging in the membership of such committees.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 409, § 4, p. 1313; Laws 1971, LB 97, § 3; Laws 1981, LB 545, § 20; Laws 1982, LB 404, § 32; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 343; Laws 2007, LB296, § 275.    


68-1105. Committee; special committees; members; compensation.

The members of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care Advisory Committee on Aging, and noncommittee members serving on special committees, shall receive no compensation for their services other than reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses as provided in sections 81-1174 to 81-1177. Committee expenses and any office expenses shall be paid from funds made available to the committee by the Legislature.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 409, § 5, p. 1314; Laws 1971, LB 97, § 4; Laws 1974, LB 660, § 4; Laws 1981, LB 204, § 104; Laws 1982, LB 404, § 33; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 344; Laws 2007, LB296, § 276.    


68-1106. Committee; federal funds; grants; gifts; acceptance; disposition.

The Governor may receive federal funds or any grants and gifts on behalf of the state for such purposes as are authorized by the provisions of sections 68-1101 to 68-1106. All federal funds, grants, and gifts shall be deposited with the State Treasurer and shall be used only for such purposes agreed upon as conditions for receiving the funds, grants and gifts.

Source:Laws 1965, c. 409, § 6, p. 1314.


68-1107. Aging Nebraskans Task Force; created; purposes; executive committee; members; duties; statewide strategic plan for long-term care services; creation; consideration.

(1) The Aging Nebraskans Task Force is created. The purposes of the task force are (a) to develop and facilitate implementation of a statewide strategic plan for addressing the needs of the aging population in the state and (b) to develop a state plan regarding individuals with Alzheimer's or related disorders as provided in section 68-1110. The task force shall provide a forum for collaboration among state, local, community, public, and private stakeholders in long-term care programs.

(2)(a) The executive committee of the task force shall include as voting members the chairperson of the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature, a member of the Appropriations Committee of the Legislature appointed by the Executive Board of the Legislative Council, a member of the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature appointed by the Executive Board of the Legislative Council, a member of the Legislature's Planning Committee appointed by the Executive Board of the Legislative Council, and an at-large member appointed by the Executive Board of the Legislative Council. The voting members of the executive committee shall choose a chairperson and vice-chairperson from among the voting members.

(b) The chief executive officer of the Department of Health and Human Services or his or her designee and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or his or her designee shall be nonvoting, ex officio members of the executive committee of the task force.

(c) The remaining four members of the task force shall be nonvoting members appointed by the executive committee of the task force through an application and selection process, representing stakeholders in the long-term care system and may include a representative of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care Advisory Committee on Aging, representatives of health care providers, elder law attorneys, representatives of the long-term care ombudsman program, health care economists, geriatric specialists, family caregivers of seniors in at-home care, providers of services to the elderly, seniors currently or previously in institutional care, and aging advocacy organizations.

(3) The executive committee of the task force shall advise the task force regarding the interaction among the three branches of government related to long-term care programs and services. The members of the executive committee shall each represent his or her own branch of government, and no member of the executive committee shall participate in actions that could be deemed to be the exercise of the duties and prerogatives of another branch of government or that improperly delegate the powers and duties of any branch of government to another branch of government.

(4) The task force shall work with administrators of area agencies on aging, nursing home and assisted-living residence providers, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, managed care companies, senior citizen centers, community stakeholders, advocates for elder services and programs, the Center for Public Affairs Research of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and seniors statewide to establish effective community collaboration for informed decisionmaking that supports the provisions of effective and efficient long-term care services.

(5) The task force shall create a statewide strategic plan for long-term care services in Nebraska which shall consider, but not be limited to:

(a) Promotion of independent living through provision of long-term care services and support that enable an individual to live in the setting of his or her choice;

(b) Provision of leadership to support sound fiscal management of long-term care budgets so that Nebraska will be able to meet the increasing demand for long-term care services as a growing portion of the state's population reaches the age of eighty years;

(c) Expedited creation of workforce development and training programs specific to the needs of and in response to Nebraska's growing aging population;

(d) The identification of gaps in the service delivery system that contribute to the inefficient and ineffective delivery of services; and

(e) Development of a process for evaluating the quality of residential and home and community-based long-term care services and support.

Source:Laws 2014, LB690, § 2;    Laws 2015, LB320, § 10.    


68-1108. Aging Nebraskans Task Force; report; Department of Health and Human Services; report; state plan; presentation.

(1) On or before December 15, 2014, the Aging Nebraskans Task Force shall present electronically to the Legislature a report of recommendations for the statewide strategic plan described in section 68-1107. The Department of Health and Human Services shall also annually report electronically to the Legislature the percentage growth of medicaid spending for people over sixty-five years of age for no fewer than five years following acceptance of the application to the State Balancing Incentive Payments Program pursuant to section 81-3138.

(2) The task force shall develop a state plan as provided in section 68-1110 and electronically deliver the state plan to the Governor and the Legislature on or before December 15, 2016. The task force shall make a presentation of the state plan to the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature on or before December 15, 2016.

Source:Laws 2014, LB690, § 3;    Laws 2015, LB320, § 11.    


68-1109. Aging Nebraskans Task Force; termination.

The Aging Nebraskans Task Force terminates on January 1, 2017, unless extended by the Legislature.

Source:Laws 2014, LB690, § 4;    Laws 2015, LB320, § 12.    


68-1110. Aging Nebraskans Task Force; state plan regarding Alzheimer's and related disorders; duties.

(1) The Aging Nebraskans Task Force shall develop a state plan regarding individuals with Alzheimer's and related disorders. The task force shall work with the chief executive officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Public Guardian, the area agencies on aging, organizations advocating for patients and caregivers for patients with Alzheimer's or related disorders, the law enforcement community, patients with Alzheimer's or related disorders, caregivers for patients with Alzheimer's or related disorders, client advocacy organizations, health care provider advocacy organizations, private health care providers, and community-based health professionals.

(2) The task force shall:

(a) Assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer's and related disorders on residents of the state;

(b) Determine the existing services and resources in the state that address the needs of individuals with Alzheimer's and related disorders and their families and caregivers; and

(c) Develop recommendations to respond to escalating needs for the services and resources described in subdivision (b) of this subsection.

(3) In fulfilling the duties described in subsection (1) of this section, the task force shall examine:

(a) Trends and needs in the state relating to populations with Alzheimer's or related disorders, including (i) the state's role in the provision of long-term care, (ii) family caregiver support, (iii) the provision of early-stage diagnoses, assistance, support, and medical services, (iv) younger onset of Alzheimer's or related disorders, (v) ethnic populations at higher risk, and (vi) risk reduction;

(b) Existing services, resources, and capacity available to individuals with Alzheimer's or related disorders, including:

(i) The type, cost, availability, and adequacy of services, including, (A) home and community-based resources, (B) respite care, (C) residential long-term care, and (D) geriatric-psychiatric units for individuals with associated behavioral disorders;

(ii) Dementia-specific training requirements for individuals who are employed to provide care to individuals with Alzheimer's or related disorders;

(iii) Quality of care measures for services delivered across the continuum of care;

(iv) The capacity of public safety and law enforcement to respond to individuals with Alzheimer's or related disorders; and

(v) State support to institutions of higher learning for research on Alzheimer's or related disorders;

(c) The need for state policy or action in order to provide clear, coordinated services and support to individuals with Alzheimer's or related disorders and their families and caregivers; and

(d) Strategies to identify gaps in services.

Source:Laws 2015, LB320, § 13.    


68-1111. Act, how cited.

Sections 68-1111 to 68-1119 shall be known and may be cited as the Aging and Disability Resource Center Demonstration Project Act.

Source:Laws 2015, LB320, § 1.    


68-1112. Legislative findings.

The Legislature finds that:

(1) The state should anticipate and prepare for significant growth in the number of older Nebraskans and the future needs of persons with disabilities, both of which will require costly long-term care services;

(2) The state should improve access to existing services and support for persons with disabilities;

(3) The state should provide a streamlined approach to identify the needs of older Nebraskans and persons with disabilities through uniform assessments and a single point of contact; and

(4) Nebraskans would benefit from statewide public information campaigns to educate older Nebraskans, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers on the availability of services and support.

Source:Laws 2015, LB320, § 2.    


68-1113. Purpose of act.

The purpose of the Aging and Disability Resource Center Demonstration Project Act is to evaluate the feasibility of establishing aging and disability resource centers statewide to provide information about long-term care services and support available in the home and community for older Nebraskans or persons with disabilities, family caregivers, and persons who request information or assistance on behalf of others and to assist eligible individuals to access the most appropriate public and private resources to meet their long-term care needs.

Source:Laws 2015, LB320, § 3.    


68-1114. Terms, defined.

For purposes of the Aging and Disability Resource Center Demonstration Project Act:

(1) Aging and disability resource center means a community-based entity established to provide information about long-term care services and support and to facilitate access to options counseling to assist eligible individuals and their representatives in identifying the most appropriate services to meet their long-term care needs;

(2) Area agency on aging has the meaning found in section 81-2208;

(3) Center for independent living has the definition found in 29 U.S.C. 796a, as such section existed on January 1, 2015;

(4) Department means the State Unit on Aging of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care of the Department of Health and Human Services or any successor agency designated by the state to fulfill the responsibilities of section 305(a)(1) of the federal Older Americans Act of 1965, 42 U.S.C 3025(a)(1), as such section existed on January 1, 2015;

(5) Eligible individual means a person who has lost, never acquired, or has one or more conditions that affect his or her ability to perform basic activities of daily living that are necessary to live independently;

(6) Options counseling means a service that assists an eligible individual in need of long-term care and his or her representatives to make informed choices about the services and settings which best meet his or her long-term care needs and that uses uniform assessments and encourages the widest possible use of community-based options to allow an eligible individual to live as independently as possible in the setting of his or her choice;

(7) Representative means a person designated as a legal guardian, designated by a power of attorney or a health care power of attorney, or chosen by law, by a court, or by an eligible individual seeking services, but use of the term representative shall not be construed to disqualify an individual who retains all legal and personal autonomy;

(8) Uniform assessment means a single standardized tool used to assess a defined population at a specific time; and

(9) University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability Education, Research and Service means the federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability Education, Research and Service of the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Source:Laws 2015, LB320, § 4.    


68-1115. Grants for aging and disability resource center demonstration projects.

The department shall award grants for three aging and disability resource center demonstration projects. The department shall adopt criteria for evaluating proposals to operate an aging and disability resource center demonstration project based on the requirements in section 68-1116 and release a request for proposals within sixty days after August 30, 2015.

Source:Laws 2015, LB320, § 5.    


68-1116. Aging and disability resource center demonstration project; services.

The aging and disability resource center demonstration projects shall be established to evaluate the feasibility of establishing aging and disability resource centers statewide as a means of promoting appropriate, effective, and efficient use of long-term care resources. The aging and disability resource center demonstration projects shall operate through June 30, 2018. Each aging and disability resource center demonstration project shall provide one or more of the following services:

(1) Comprehensive information on the full range of available public and private long-term care programs, options, financing, service providers, and resources within a community, including information on the availability of integrated long-term care;

(2) Assistance in accessing and applying for public benefits programs;

(3) Options counseling;

(4) A convenient point of entry to the range of publicly supported long-term care programs for an eligible individual;

(5) A process for identifying unmet service needs in communities and developing recommendations to respond to those unmet needs;

(6) Facilitation of person-centered transition support to assure that an eligible individual is able to find the services and support that are most appropriate to his or her need;

(7) Mobility management to promote the appropriate use of public transportation services by a person who does not own or is unable to operate an automobile; and

(8) A home care provider registry that will provide a person who needs home care with the names of home care providers and information about his or her rights and responsibilities as a home care consumer.

Source:Laws 2015, LB320, § 6.    


68-1117. Proposal to establish aging and disability resource center demonstration project; contents; joint proposal authorized.

(1) Within sixty days after the release date of a request for proposals under section 68-1115, an area agency on aging, after consultation with a collaboration of organizations that serve aging persons and persons with disabilities, including, but not limited to, centers for independent living and the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability Education, Research and Service, and with other organizations, including, but not limited to, organizations providing advocacy, protection, and safety for aging persons and persons with disabilities, may submit to the department a proposal to establish an aging and disability resource center demonstration project. The proposal shall specify how organizations currently serving eligible individuals will be engaged in the process of delivery of services through the aging and disability resource center demonstration project. The proposal shall be developed in consultation with eligible individuals and their representatives. The proposal shall indicate how resources will be utilized by the collaborating organizations to fulfill the responsibilities of an aging and disability resource center demonstration project.

(2) Two or more area agencies on aging may develop a joint proposal to establish an aging and disability resource center demonstration project to serve all or a portion of their planning-and-service areas. A joint proposal shall provide information on how the services described in section 68-1116 will be provided in the counties to be served by the aging and disability resource center demonstration project described in the joint proposal.

Source:Laws 2015, LB320, § 7.    


68-1118. Department; review proposals; selection; report.

Within thirty days after receipt of a proposal developed pursuant to subsection (1) or (2) of section 68-1117, the department shall review the proposal and determine whether the proposal is eligible for funding. The department shall select three proposals for funding. The department shall enter into a contract with an independent institution having experience in evaluating aging and disability programs for an evaluation of the aging and disability resource center demonstration projects. The contract shall require that a report evaluating the demonstration projects be presented to the Clerk of the Legislature prior to December 1 of 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Source:Laws 2015, LB320, § 8.    


68-1119. Reimbursement; schedule.

The department shall reimburse each area agency on aging operating an aging and disability resource center demonstration project on a schedule agreed to by the department and the area agency on aging. Such reimbursement shall be made from (1) state funds appropriated by the Legislature, (2) federal funds allocated to the department for the purpose of establishing and operating aging and disability resource centers, and (3) other funds as available.

Source:Laws 2015, LB320, § 9.    


68-1201. Eligibility determination; exclusion of certain assets and income.

In determining eligibility for the program for aid to dependent children pursuant to section 43-512 as administered by the State of Nebraska pursuant to the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, 42 U.S.C. 601 et seq., for the low-income home energy assistance program administered by the State of Nebraska pursuant to the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, 42 U.S.C. 8621 to 8630, for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program administered by the State of Nebraska pursuant to the federal Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, 7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq., and for the child care subsidy program established pursuant to section 68-1202, the following shall not be included in determining assets or income:

(1) Assets in or income from an educational savings account, a Coverdell educational savings account described in 26 U.S.C. 530, a qualified tuition program established pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 529, or any similar savings account or plan established to save for qualified higher education expenses as defined in section 85-1802;

(2) Income from scholarships or grants related to postsecondary education, whether merit-based, need-based, or a combination thereof;

(3) Income from postsecondary educational work-study programs, whether federally funded, funded by a postsecondary educational institution, or funded from any other source;

(4) Assets in or income from an account under a qualified program as provided in section 77-1402;

(5) Income received for participation in grant-funded research on the impact that income has on the development of children in low-income families, except that such exclusion of income must not exceed four thousand dollars per year for a maximum of four years and such exclusion shall only be made if the exclusion is permissible under federal law for each program referenced in this section. No such exclusion shall be made for such income on or after December 31, 2022; and

(6) Income from any tax credits received pursuant to the School Readiness Tax Credit Act.

Source:Laws 2014, LB359, § 1;    Laws 2015, LB591, § 10;    Laws 2016, LB889, § 8;    Laws 2016, LB1081, § 2.    
Effective Date: July 21, 2016


Note: The Revisor of Statutes has pursuant to section 49-769 correlated LB889, section 8, with LB1081, section 2, to reflect all amendments.


Cross References

68-1202. Social services; services included.

Social services may be provided on behalf of recipients with payments for such social services made directly to vendors. Social services shall include those mandatory and optional services to former, present, or potential social services recipients provided for under the federal Social Security Act, as amended, and described by the State of Nebraska in the approved State Plan for Services. Such services may include, but shall not be limited to, foster care for children, child care, family planning, treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction, treatment for persons with an intellectual disability, health-related services, protective services for children, homemaker services, employment services, foster care for adults, protective services for adults, transportation services, home management and other functional education services, housing improvement services, legal services, adult day services, home delivered or congregate meals, educational services, and secondary prevention services, including, but not limited to, home visitation, child screening and early intervention, and parenting education programs.

Source:Laws 1973, LB 511, § 2; Laws 1986, LB 1177, § 28; Laws 2000, LB 819, § 82;    Laws 2005, LB 264, § 1;    Laws 2011, LB177, § 10;    Laws 2013, LB23, § 15.    


68-1203. Social services; provided or purchased; dependent children and families; aged, blind, or disabled persons.

Social services shall be provided or purchased for dependent children and families, aged persons, blind individuals, and disabled individuals as defined by state law and to former and potential recipients as defined in federal regulations.

Source:Laws 1973, LB 511, § 3.


68-1204. Social services or specialized developmental disability services; rules and regulations; agreements; fee schedules.

(1) For the purpose of providing or purchasing social services described in section 68-1202, the state hereby accepts and assents to all applicable provisions of the federal Social Security Act, as amended. The Department of Health and Human Services may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations, enter into agreements, and adopt fee schedules with regard to social services described in section 68-1202.

(2) The department shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to administer funds under Title XX of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, designated for specialized developmental disability services.

Source:Laws 1973, LB 511, § 4; Laws 1991, LB 830, § 31; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 345; Laws 2006, LB 994, § 66;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 277;    Laws 2011, LB177, § 11.    


68-1205. Matching funds.

The matching funds required to obtain the federal share of the services described in section 68-1202 may come from either state, county, or donated sources in amounts and other provisions to be determined by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Source:Laws 1973, LB 511, § 5; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 346; Laws 2006, LB 994, § 67;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 278.    


68-1206. Social services; administration; contracts; payments; duties.

(1) The Department of Health and Human Services shall administer the program of social services in this state. The department may contract with other social agencies for the purchase of social services at rates not to exceed those prevailing in the state or the cost at which the department could provide those services. The statutory maximum payments for the separate program of aid to dependent children shall apply only to public assistance grants and shall not apply to payments for social services. As part of the provision of social services authorized by section 68-1202, the department shall participate in the federal child care assistance program under 42 U.S.C. 618, as such section existed on January 1, 2013, and provide child care assistance to families with incomes up to one hundred twenty-five percent of the federal poverty level for FY2013-14 and one hundred thirty percent of the federal poverty level for FY2014-15 and each fiscal year thereafter.

(2) As part of the provision of social services authorized by this section and section 68-1202, the department shall participate in the federal Child Care Subsidy program. In determining ongoing eligibility for this program, ten percent of a household's gross earned income shall be disregarded after twelve continuous months on the program and at each subsequent redetermination. At redetermination of eligibility, if a family's income exceeds one hundred thirty percent of the federal poverty level, the family shall continue to receive transitional child care assistance for up to twenty-four consecutive months or until the family income exceeds one hundred eighty-five percent of the federal poverty level. If a family's income falls to one hundred thirty percent of the federal poverty level or below, the twenty-four-month time limit in this subsection shall cease to apply until the family becomes eligible for transitional child care assistance. The amount of such child care assistance shall be based on a cost-shared plan between the recipient family and the state and shall be based on a sliding-scale methodology. A recipient family may be required to contribute a percentage of such family's gross income for child care that is no more than the cost-sharing rates in the transitional child care assistance program as of January 1, 2015, for those no longer eligible for cash assistance as provided in section 68-1724. Initial program eligibility standards shall not be impacted by the provisions of this subsection.

(3) In determining the rate or rates to be paid by the department for child care as defined in section 43-2605, the department shall adopt a fixed-rate schedule for the state or a fixed-rate schedule for an area of the state applicable to each child care program category of provider as defined in section 71-1910 which may claim reimbursement for services provided by the federal Child Care Subsidy program, except that the department shall not pay a rate higher than that charged by an individual provider to that provider's private clients. The schedule may provide separate rates for care for infants, for children with special needs, including disabilities or technological dependence, or for other individual categories of children. The schedule may also provide tiered rates based upon a quality scale rating of step three or higher under the Step Up to Quality Child Care Act. The schedule shall be effective on October 1 of every year and shall be revised annually by the department.

Source:Laws 1973, LB 511, § 6; Laws 1982, LB 522, § 44; Laws 1991, LB 836, § 26; Laws 1995, LB 401, § 22; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 347; Laws 2006, LB 994, § 68;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 279;    Laws 2013, LB507, § 15;    Laws 2014, LB359, § 3;    Laws 2015, LB81, § 1.    


Cross References

68-1207. Department of Health and Human Services; public child welfare services; supervise; department; pilot project; caseload requirements; case plan developed.

(1) The Department of Health and Human Services shall supervise all public child welfare services as described by law. The department and the pilot project described in section 68-1212 shall maintain caseloads to carry out child welfare services which provide for adequate, timely, and indepth investigations and services to children and families. Caseloads shall range between twelve and seventeen cases as determined pursuant to subsection (2) of this section. In establishing the specific caseloads within such range, the department and the pilot project shall (a) include the workload factors that may differ due to geographic responsibilities, office location, and the travel required to provide a timely response in the investigation of abuse and neglect, the protection of children, and the provision of services to children and families in a uniform and consistent statewide manner and (b) utilize the workload criteria of the standards established as of January 1, 2012, by the Child Welfare League of America. The average caseload shall be reduced by the department in all service areas as designated pursuant to section 81-3116 and by the pilot project to comply with the caseload range described in this subsection by September 1, 2012. Beginning September 15, 2012, the department shall include in its annual report required pursuant to section 68-1207.01 a report on the attainment of the decrease according to such caseload standards. The department's annual report shall also include changes in the standards of the Child Welfare League of America or its successor.

(2) Caseload size shall be determined in the following manner: (a) If children are placed in the home, the family shall count as one case regardless of how many children are placed in the home; (b) if a child is placed out of the home, the child shall count as one case; (c) if, within one family, one or more children are placed in the home and one or more children are placed out of the home, the children placed in the home shall count as one case and each child placed out of the home shall count as one case; and (d) any child receiving services from the department or a private entity under contract with the department shall be counted as provided in subdivisions (a) through (c) of this subsection whether or not such child is a ward of the state. For purposes of this subsection, a child is considered to be placed in the home if the child is placed with his or her biological or adoptive parent or a legal guardian and a child is considered to be placed out of the home if the child is placed in a foster family home as defined in section 71-1901, a residential child-caring agency as defined in section 71-1926, or any other setting which is not the child's planned permanent home.

(3) To insure appropriate oversight of noncourt and voluntary cases when any child welfare services are provided, either by the department or by a lead agency participating in the pilot project, as a result of a child safety assessment, the department or lead agency shall develop a case plan that specifies the services to be provided and the actions to be taken by the department or lead agency and the family in each such case. Such case plan shall clearly indicate, when appropriate, that children are receiving services to prevent out-of-home placement and that, absent preventive services, foster care is the planned arrangement for the child.

(4) To carry out the provisions of this section, the Legislature shall provide funds for additional staff.

Source:Laws 1973, LB 511, § 7; Laws 1985, LB 1, § 2; Laws 1990, LB 720, § 1; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 348; Laws 2005, LB 264, § 2;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 280;    Laws 2012, LB961, § 3;    Laws 2013, LB265, § 38;    Laws 2013, LB269, § 8.    


68-1207.01. Department of Health and Human Services; caseloads report; contents.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall annually provide a report to the Legislature and Governor outlining the caseloads of child protective services, the factors considered in their establishment, and the fiscal resources necessary for their maintenance. The report submitted to the Legislature shall be submitted electronically. For 2012, 2013, and 2014, the department shall also provide electronically the report to the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature on or before September 15. Such report shall include:

(1) A comparison of caseloads established by the department with the workload standards recommended by national child welfare organizations along with the amount of fiscal resources necessary to maintain such caseloads in Nebraska;

(2)(a) The number of child welfare case managers employed by the State of Nebraska and child welfare services workers, providing services directly to children and families, who are under contract with the State of Nebraska or employed by a private entity under contract with the State of Nebraska and (b) statistics on the average length of employment in such positions, statewide and by service area designated pursuant to section 81-3116;

(3)(a) The average caseload of child welfare case managers employed by the State of Nebraska and child welfare services workers, providing services directly to children and families, who are under contract with the State of Nebraska or employed by a private entity under contract with the State of Nebraska and (b) the outcomes of such cases, including the number of children reunited with their families, children adopted, children in guardianships, placement of children with relatives, and other permanent resolutions established, statewide and by service area designated pursuant to section 81-3116; and

(4) The average cost of training child welfare case managers employed by the State of Nebraska and child welfare services workers, providing child welfare services directly to children and families, who are under contract with the State of Nebraska or employed by a private entity under contract with the State of Nebraska, statewide and by service area as designated pursuant to section 81-3116.

Source:Laws 1990, LB 720, § 2; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 349; Laws 2005, LB 264, § 3;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 281;    Laws 2012, LB782, § 96;    Laws 2012, LB1160, § 14;    Laws 2013, LB222, § 22.    


68-1208. Rules and regulations; right of appeal and hearings.

Authority to adopt rules and regulations and the right to appeal and hearing shall be the same in the program of social services as in the program of assistance to families and children and the aged, blind, or disabled.

Source:Laws 1973, LB 511, § 8.


68-1209. Applications for social services; information; safeguarded.

Information regarding applicants for or recipients of social services shall be safeguarded and shall be used only for purposes connected with the administration of social services.

Source:Laws 1973, LB 511, § 9.


68-1210. Department of Health and Human Services; certain foster care children; payment rates.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Department of Health and Human Services shall have the authority through rule or regulation to establish payment rates for children with special needs who are in foster care and in the custody of the department.

Source:Laws 1990, LB 1022, § 1; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 350; Laws 2007, LB296, § 282.    


68-1211. Case management of child welfare services; legislative findings and declarations.

The Legislature finds and declares that:

(1) The State of Nebraska has the legal responsibility for children in its custody and accordingly should maintain the decisionmaking authority inherent in direct case management of child welfare services;

(2) Training and longevity of child welfare case managers directly impact the safety, permanency, and well-being of children receiving child welfare services;

(3) Meaningful reform of the child welfare system can occur only when competent, skilled case managers educated in evidence-based child welfare best practices are making determinations for the care of, and services to, children and families and providing first-hand, direct information for decisionmaking and high-quality evidence to the courts relating to the best interests of the children;

(4) Maintaining quality, well-trained, and experienced case managers is essential and will be a core component in child welfare reform, including statewide strategic planning and implementation. Additional resources and funds for training, support, and compensation may be required;

(5) Notwithstanding the outsourcing of case management, the Department of Health and Human Services retains legal custody of wards of the state and remains responsible for their care. Inherent in privatized case management is the loss of trained, skilled individuals employed by the state providing the stable workforce essential to fulfilling the state's responsibilities for children who are wards of the state, resulting in the risk of loss of a trained, experienced, and stable workforce;

(6) Privatization of case management of child welfare services can and has resulted in dependence on one or more private entities for the provision of an essential specialized service that is extremely difficult to replace. As a result, the risk of a private entity abandoning the contract, either voluntarily or involuntarily, creates a very high risk to the entire child welfare system, including essential child welfare services;

(7) Privatization of case management and child welfare services, including responsibilities for both service coordination and service delivery by private entities, may create conflicts of interest because the resulting financial incentives can undermine decisionmaking regarding the appropriate services that would be in the best interests of the children. Additionally, such privatization of child welfare services, including case management, can result in loss of services across the spectrum of child welfare services by reducing market competition and driving many providers out of the market;

(8) Privatization of case management and of child welfare services has resulted in issues relating to caseloads, placement, turnover, communication, and stability within the child welfare system that adversely affect outcomes and permanency for children and families; and

(9) Private lead agency contracts require complex monitoring capabilities to insure compliance and oversight of performance, including private case managers, to insure improved child welfare outcomes.

Source:Laws 2012, LB961, § 1.    


68-1212. Department of Health and Human Services; cases; case manager; employee of department; duties; case management lead agency model pilot project; contract authorized; conditions, performance outcomes, and oversight; extension of contract.

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, by April 1, 2012, for all cases in which a court has awarded a juvenile to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services according to subsection (1) of section 43-285 and for any noncourt and voluntary cases, the case manager shall be an employee of the department. Such case manager shall be responsible for and shall directly oversee: Case planning; service authorization; investigation of compliance; monitoring and evaluation of the care and services provided to children and families; and decisionmaking regarding the determination of visitation and the care, placement, medical services, psychiatric services, training, and expenditures on behalf of each juvenile under subsection (1) of section 43-285. Such case manager shall be responsible for decisionmaking and direct preparation regarding the proposed plan for the care, placement, services, and permanency of the juvenile filed with the court required under subsection (2) of section 43-285. The health and safety of the juvenile shall be the paramount concern in the proposed plan in accordance with such subsection.

(2) The department may contract with a lead agency for a case management lead agency model pilot project in the department's eastern service area as designated pursuant to section 81-3116. The department shall include in the pilot project the appropriate conditions, performance outcomes, and oversight for the lead agency, including, but not be limited to:

(a) The reporting and survey requirements of lead agencies described in sections 43-4406 and 43-4407;

(b) Departmental monitoring and functional capacities of lead agencies described in section 43-4408;

(c) The key areas of evaluation specified in subsection (3) of section 43-4409;

(d) Compliance and coordination with the development of the statewide strategic plan for child welfare program and service reform pursuant to Laws 2012, LB821; and

(e) Assurance of financial accountability and reporting by the lead agency.

(3) Before June 30, 2014, the department may extend the contract for the pilot project described in subsection (2) of this section. The lead agency shall also comply with the requirements of section 43-4204.

Source:Laws 2012, LB961, § 2;    Laws 2014, LB660, § 1.    


68-1213. Pilot project; evaluation by Legislature.

If the pilot project described in section 68-1212 is extended by the Department of Health and Human Services, an evaluation of the pilot project shall be completed by the Legislature prior to December 31, 2014. The Legislature shall utilize all necessary resources, including the hiring of a consultant if deemed necessary. The department and any child welfare entity which has contracted with the department shall provide all data and information to the Legislature to assist in the evaluation.

Source:Laws 2014, LB660, § 2.    


68-1214. Case managers; training program; department; duties; training curriculum; contents.

To facilitate consistency in training all case managers and allow for Title IV-E reimbursement for case manager training under Title IV-E of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, the same program for initial training of case managers shall be utilized for all case managers, whether they are employed by the department or by an organization under contract with the department. The initial training of all case managers shall be provided by the department or one or more organizations under contract with the department. The department shall create a formal system for measuring and evaluating the quality of such training. All case managers shall complete a formal assessment process after initial training to demonstrate competency prior to assuming responsibilities as a case manager. The training curriculum for case managers shall include, but not be limited to: (1) An understanding of the benefits of utilizing evidence-based and promising casework practices; (2) the importance of guaranteeing service providers' fidelity to evidence-based and promising casework practices; and (3) a commitment to evidence-based and promising family-centered casework practices that utilize a least restrictive approach for children and families.

Source:Laws 2014, LB853, § 45.    


68-1301. Repealed. Laws 1990, LB 1067, § 2.

68-1302. Repealed. Laws 1990, LB 1067, § 2.

68-1303. Repealed. Laws 1990, LB 1067, § 2.

68-1304. Repealed. Laws 1990, LB 1067, § 2.

68-1305. Repealed. Laws 1990, LB 1067, § 2.

68-1306. Repealed. Laws 1990, LB 1067, § 2.

68-1401. Act, how cited.

Sections 68-1401 to 68-1406 shall be known and may be cited as the Genetically Handicapped Persons Act.

Source:Laws 1980, LB 989, § 1.


68-1402. Department of Health and Human Services; program for persons with genetically handicapping conditions; duties.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall establish and administer a program for the medical care of persons of all ages with genetically handicapping conditions, including cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, and sickle cell disease, through physicians and health care providers that are qualified pursuant to the regulations of the department to provide such medical services. The department shall adopt such rules and regulations pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, as are necessary for the implementation of the provisions of the Genetically Handicapped Persons Act. The department shall establish priorities for the use of funds and provision of services under the Genetically Handicapped Persons Act.

Source:Laws 1980, LB 989, § 2; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 351; Laws 2006, LB 994, § 69;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 283.    


Cross References

68-1403. Genetically handicapped persons; medical care program; services and treatment included.

The program established under the Genetically Handicapped Persons Act, which shall be under the supervision of the Department of Health and Human Services, shall include any or all of the following:

(1) Initial intake and diagnostic evaluation;

(2) The cost of blood transfusion and use of blood derivatives, or both;

(3) Rehabilitation services, including reconstructive surgery;

(4) Expert diagnosis;

(5) Medical treatment;

(6) Surgical treatment;

(7) Hospital care;

(8) Physical therapy;

(9) Occupational therapy;

(10) Materials and prescription drugs;

(11) Appliances and their upkeep, maintenance, and care;

(12) Maintenance, transportation, or care incidental to any other form of services; and

(13) Appropriate and sufficient staff to carry out the provisions of the Genetically Handicapped Persons Act.

Source:Laws 1980, LB 989, § 3; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 352; Laws 2006, LB 994, § 70;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 284.    


68-1404. Medical care of genetically handicapping conditions; reimbursement.

Reimbursement under sections 68-1401 to 68-1406 shall be made to the extent services are not available or provided to the recipient under any other private, state, or federal programs or under other contractual or legal entitlement including insurance, but no provision in sections 68-1401 to 68-1406 shall be construed as limiting in any way state participation in any federal governmental program for medical care of persons with genetically handicapping conditions.

Source:Laws 1980, LB 989, § 4.


68-1405. Department of Health and Human Services; medical care program; uniform standards of financial eligibility and payment; establish.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall establish uniform standards of financial eligibility for the treatment services under the program established under the Genetically Handicapped Persons Act, including a uniform formula for the payment of services by physicians and health care providers rendered under such program and such formula for payment shall provide for reimbursement at rates similar to those set by other federal and state programs, and private entitlements. The standards of the department for financial eligibility shall be the same as those established for Medically Handicapped Children's Services, as administered by the department. All county or district health departments shall use the uniform standards for financial eligibility and uniform formula for payment established by the department. All payments shall be used in support of the program for services established under the act.

The department shall establish payment schedules for services.

Source:Laws 1980, LB 989, § 5; Laws 1985, LB 249, § 5; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 353; Laws 2006, LB 994, § 71;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 285.    


68-1406. Benefits and services; payment liability.

The health care benefits and services specified in sections 68-1401 to 68-1406, to the extent that such benefits and services are neither provided under any other federal or state law nor provided or available under other contractual or legal entitlements including insurance of the person, shall be provided to any patient who is a resident of this state and is made eligible by the provisions of sections 68-1401 to 68-1406. After such patient has utilized such contractual or legal entitlements, the payment liability under section 68-1405 shall then be applied to the remaining cost of the genetically handicapped person's services.

Source:Laws 1980, LB 989, § 6.


68-1501. Act, how cited.

Sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 shall be known and may be cited as the Disabled Persons and Family Support Act.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 1.


68-1502. Legislative findings.

The Legislature finds and declares that:

(1) The family is vital to the fundamental development of each person in the State of Nebraska;

(2) A growing number of families are searching for ways to provide for disabled family members in the home rather than placing them in state or private institutional or residential facilities;

(3) Employable disabled persons should be encouraged to engage in employment and ultimately become self-supporting;

(4) Necessary services should be available to families caring for a disabled family member so that disabled persons may remain in the home, obtain employment if possible, and maintain a more independent form of living;

(5) The State of Nebraska should make every effort to preserve the family unit, to insure that decisions of providing for a disabled person are based on the best interests of the disabled person and the family, and to provide services to disabled persons which promote independent living and employability; and

(6) The State of Nebraska should promote cost-effective health care alternatives for disabled persons.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 2.


68-1503. Terms, defined.

For purposes of the Disabled Persons and Family Support Act:

(1) Department means the Department of Health and Human Services;

(2) Disabled family member or disabled person means a person who has a medically determinable severe, chronic disability which:

(a) Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments;

(b) Is likely to continue indefinitely;

(c) Results in substantial functional limitations in two or more of the following areas of major life activity: (i) Self-care, (ii) receptive and expressive language, (iii) learning, (iv) mobility, (v) self-direction, (vi) capacity for independent living, (vii) work skills or work tolerance, and (viii) economic sufficiency; and

(d) Reflects the person's need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic care, treatment, vocational rehabilitation, or other services which are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated; and

(3) Other support programs means all forms of local, state, or federal assistance, grants-in-aid, educational programs, or support provided by public or private funds for disabled persons or their families.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 3; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 354; Laws 2006, LB 994, § 72;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 286.    


68-1504. Department of Health and Human Services; provide support; expenses; compensation.

The department may provide support to families providing for a disabled member in the home and to disabled persons in independent living situations. Such support may be made available to compensate for present and future expenses, including, but not limited to:

(1) The purchase or lease of special equipment or architectural modifications of a home made to improve or facilitate the care, treatment, therapy, general living conditions, or access of the disabled person;

(2) Medical, surgical, therapeutic, diagnostic, and other health services related to the disability or disabilities of the disabled person;

(3) Counseling or training programs which assist the family in providing proper care for the disabled family member or assist the disabled person in an independent living situation and which provide for the special needs of the family or disabled person;

(4) Attendant care, respite care, home health aid services, homemaker services, and chore services which provide assistance with training, routine body functions, dressing, preparation, consumption of food, and ambulation as well as providing respite assistance to the family;

(5) Transportation services for the disabled person; and

(6) Transportation, room, and board costs incurred by the family or disabled person during evaluations or treatment of the disabled family member which receive prior approval from the department.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 4.


68-1505. Support; families; eligibility requirements.

Families may be eligible to receive support pursuant to sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 if the family (1) resides in the State of Nebraska, (2) has a family member who is disabled and is (a) living at home or (b) residing in a state or private institutional or residential facility but could return home under sections 68-1501 to 68-1519, and (3) has insufficient income to provide for the total cost of care for the disabled family member.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 5.


68-1506. Support; disabled person in independent living situation; eligibility requirements.

A disabled person in an independent living situation may be eligible to receive support pursuant to sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 if the person (1) is a resident of the State of Nebraska, (2) requires care to remain within an independent living situation, and (3) has insufficient income to provide for the total cost of such care.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 6; Laws 1985, LB 87, § 1.


68-1507. Eligibility; department determine.

The determination of disability and the need for programs and services shall be supported by current program plans, evaluations, and medical reports which shall be provided to the department upon request. The department may decide that additional evaluations of the disabled person are necessary to determine eligibility or the need for programs and services. Such additional evaluations shall be provided by the department.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 7.


68-1508. Support; allocation of costs; basis.

The department may allocate costs for programs and services between the department and the family or the disabled person in an independent living situation. Such cost allocation shall be based on the need for support pursuant to sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 and shall not be based on income guidelines or fee schedules established for other programs administered by the department.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 8.


68-1509. Department; needs and eligibility criteria; factors.

The department, in considering the needs and eligibility criteria of families and disabled persons, shall consider various factors, including, but not limited to:

(1) Total family income, except that the amount which the spouse may designate as provided in section 68-922 shall be excluded in determining total family income per month;

(2) The cost of providing supplemental services to the family or the disabled person;

(3) The need for each program or service received by the family or the disabled person;

(4) The eligibility of the family or the disabled person for other support programs;

(5) The costs of providing for the family or the disabled person in an independent living situation, notwithstanding the special circumstances of providing for a disabled person;

(6) The number of persons in the family; and

(7) The availability of insurance to cover the cost of needed programs and services.

If assets have been designated for an individual in accordance with section 68-922, such assets shall not be considered in determining the eligibility for support of the individual's disabled spouse.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 9; Laws 1988, LB 419, § 16; Laws 1989, LB 362, § 16; Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 71.    


68-1510. Support; supplemental to other programs; availability of other programs; department; duties.

The support available under sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 shall be supplemental to other support programs for which the family or disabled person is eligible and is not intended to reduce the responsibility for the provision of services and support by such other programs. The department shall (1) determine whether any request under sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 is appropriate to and available from other support programs, (2) deny any request if the requested assistance is appropriate to and available from other support programs, and (3) provide information and referral to all families and disabled persons whose request for assistance was denied pursuant to this section on the procedure for applying for other appropriate and available support programs.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 10.


68-1511. Department; payment of support; provide assistance; providers of programs and services.

The department may, by agreement with the head of the family or disabled person, provide support pursuant to sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 (1) directly to the family or the disabled person, or (2) directly to qualified programs and services. The department shall assist each family or disabled person receiving support under sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 in locating qualified programs and services. The family or the disabled person may be required to be responsible for contracting for those programs and services which the department approves and shall furnish the department a copy of each contract. The family or the disabled person may compensate the providers of such programs and services directly. Providers of programs and services shall be required to comply with all standards established by the department for participation pursuant to sections 68-1501 to 68-1519.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 11.


68-1512. Support; maximum allowance; limitations.

The maximum support allowable under sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 shall be (1) three hundred dollars per month per disabled person averaged over any one-year period or (2) three hundred dollars per month per family averaged over any one-year period for the first disabled family member plus one hundred fifty dollars per month averaged over any one-year period for each additional disabled family member. The department shall not provide support, pursuant to sections 68-1501 to 68-1519, to any family or disabled person whose gross income less the cost of medical or other care specifically related to the disability exceeds the median family income for a family of four in Nebraska, except that the department shall make adjustments for the actual size of the family.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 12; Laws 1985, LB 87, § 2.


68-1513. Department; review needs of support recipient.

The department shall review the needs of each family or disabled person receiving support under sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 on a regular basis, as established by the department, or upon the showing of a change of circumstances by the head of the family.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 13.


68-1514. Denial of support; hearing provided.

The chief executive officer of the department, or his or her designated representative, shall provide an opportunity for a fair hearing to any family or disabled person who is denied support pursuant to the Disabled Persons and Family Support Act.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 14; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 355; Laws 2006, LB 994, § 73;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 287.    


68-1515. Rules and regulations; contents.

The department shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations, as necessary, to implement sections 68-1501 to 68-1519, including:

(1) Standards and procedures for determining approval of qualified programs and services to participate under sections 68-1501 to 68-1519;

(2) Identification of the need for programs and services of families providing for a disabled family member in the home or of disabled persons in an independent living situation;

(3) Identification of the need for support to families and disabled persons and procedures for the provision of support under sections 68-1501 to 68-1519;

(4) Procedures for review of each family or disabled person receiving support under sections 68-1501 to 68-1519;

(5) Procedures and guidelines for determining priorities, eligibility standards, and eligibility criteria for the selection of families and disabled persons to participate in programs pursuant to sections 68-1501 to 68-1519;

(6) Procedures and guidelines for determining when support pursuant to sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 would be a duplication of support from other support programs or would result in excessive support to a family or disabled person; and

(7) An annual determination of the family income guidelines necessary to carry out the provisions of section 68-1512. Such guidelines shall be based on population, per capita income, and other data provided by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 15.


68-1516. Department; provide support; when; priorities.

The department shall begin providing support pursuant to sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 on July 1, 1982. From July 1, 1982, to July 1, 1986, the department shall provide support on a priority basis to families and disabled persons eligible to receive support pursuant to sections 68-1501 to 68-1519. The department shall give priority to those families providing for a severely or multiple disabled family member and to severely or multiple disabled persons in independent living situations. Priority shall also be given to those families and disabled persons (1) with the greatest need for support to maintain the disabled person in the family home or independent living situation, (2) who have the greatest possibility of maintaining the disabled person in the home or independent living situation on a continual basis, and (3) who demonstrate that support pursuant to sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 will provide the most cost-effective form of care for the disabled person.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 16.


68-1517. Department; expenditure of funds authorized.

The department may expend funds for the administration of the Disabled Persons and Family Support Act and for support pursuant to the act.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 17; Laws 1990, LB 917, § 1.


68-1518. Department; report; contents.

The department shall file an annual report with the Governor and the Clerk of the Legislature on or before January 1 of each year beginning January 1, 1983. The report submitted to the Clerk of the Legislature shall be submitted electronically. Such report shall include:

(1) The number of families and disabled persons applying for support pursuant to the Disabled Persons and Family Support Act and the number of families and disabled persons receiving support pursuant to the act;

(2) The types of services and programs being applied for and those being provided through the act;

(3) The effects of the support provided under the act on the disabled and their families; and

(4) Any proposals for amendment of the act.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 18; Laws 2012, LB782, § 97.    


68-1519. Obtaining support in violation of sections; violation; penalty.

Any person who by means of a willfully false statement or representation, or by impersonation or other device, obtains or attempts to obtain, or who aids or abets any other person in obtaining support under sections 68-1501 to 68-1519 shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished pursuant to section 68-1017.

Source:Laws 1981, LB 389, § 19.


68-1520. Legislative findings.

The Legislature finds that:

(1) Supporting the efforts of families and caregivers to care for individuals at home is efficient, cost effective, and humane. Families receiving occasional respite services are less likely to request admission of an individual to a nursing home, foster care, or other out-of-home care at public expense;

(2) Respite services reduce family and caregiver stress, enhance family and caregiver coping ability, and strengthen family and caregiver ability to meet the challenging demands of caring for family members;

(3) Respite services reduce the risk of abuse and neglect of children, senior citizens, and other vulnerable groups; and

(4) Coordinated, noncategorical respite services must be available locally to provide reliable respite services when needed by families and caregivers regardless of where they live in Nebraska.

Source:Laws 1999, LB 148, § 1.    


68-1521. Terms, defined.

For purposes of sections 68-1520 to 68-1528:

(1) Caregiver means an individual providing ongoing care for an individual unable to care for himself or herself;

(2) Community lifespan respite services program means a noncategorical respite services program that:

(a) Is operated by a community-based private nonprofit or for-profit agency or a public agency that provides respite services;

(b) Receives funding through the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Services Program established under section 68-1522;

(c) Serves an area in one or more of the six regional services areas of the department;

(d) Acts as a single local source for respite services information and referral; and

(e) Facilitates access to local respite services;

(3) Department means the Department of Health and Human Services;

(4) Noncategorical care means care without regard to the age, type of special needs, or other status of the individual receiving care;

(5) Provider means an individual or agency selected by a family or caregiver to provide respite services to an individual with special needs;

(6) Respite care means the provision of short-term relief to primary caregivers from the demands of ongoing care for an individual with special needs; and

(7) Respite services includes:

(a) Recruiting and screening of paid and unpaid respite care providers;

(b) Identifying local training resources and organizing training opportunities for respite care providers;

(c) Matching of families and caregivers with providers and other types of respite care;

(d) Linking families and caregivers with payment resources;

(e) Identifying, coordinating, and developing community resources for respite services;

(f) Quality assurance and evaluation; and

(g) Assisting families and caregivers to identify respite care needs and resources.

Source:Laws 1999, LB 148, § 2;    Laws 2006, LB 994, § 74;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 288.    


68-1522. Nebraska Lifespan Respite Services Program; established.

The department shall establish the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Services Program to develop and encourage statewide coordination of respite services and to work with community-based private nonprofit or for-profit agencies, public agencies, and interested citizen groups in the establishment of community lifespan respite services programs. The Nebraska Lifespan Respite Services Program shall:

(1) Provide policy and program development support, including, but not limited to, data collection and outcome measures;

(2) Identify and promote resolution of local and state-level policy concerns;

(3) Provide technical assistance to community lifespan respite services programs;

(4) Develop and distribute respite services information;

(5) Promote the exchange of information and coordination among state and local governments, community lifespan respite services programs, agencies serving individuals unable to care for themselves, families, and respite care advocates to encourage efficient provision of respite services and reduce duplication of effort;

(6) Ensure statewide access to community lifespan respite services programs; and

(7) Monitor and evaluate implementation of community lifespan respite services programs.

Source:Laws 1999, LB 148, § 3;    Laws 2006, LB 994, § 75;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 289.    


68-1523. Program; administration.

(1) The department, through the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Services Program, shall coordinate the establishment of community lifespan respite services programs. The program shall accept proposals submitted in the form and manner required by the program from community-based private nonprofit or for-profit agencies or public agencies that provide respite services to operate community lifespan respite services programs. According to criteria established by the department, the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Services Program shall designate and fund agencies described in this section to operate community lifespan respite services programs.

(2) The department shall create the position of program specialist for the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Services Program to administer the program.

Source:Laws 1999, LB 148, § 4;    Laws 2006, LB 994, § 76;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 290.    


68-1524. Program; requirements.

Each community lifespan respite services program established pursuant to section 68-1523 shall:

(1) Involve key local individuals and agencies in the community lifespan respite services program planning process; and

(2) Create an advisory committee to advise the community lifespan respite services program on how the program may best serve the needs of families and caregivers of individuals unable to care for themselves. Other members shall include respite services providers, representatives of local service agencies, consumers, and other community representatives. Committee membership shall represent senior citizens, individuals with special needs, and families at risk of abuse and neglect.

Source:Laws 1999, LB 148, § 5.    


68-1525. Services; requirements.

Respite services made available through the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Services Program shall:

(1) Include a flexible array of respite care options responsive to family and caregiver needs and available before families and caregivers are in a crisis;

(2) Be sensitive to the unique needs, strengths, and cultural values of an individual, family, or caregiver;

(3) Offer the most efficient access to an array of coordinated respite services that are built on existing community support and services;

(4) Be driven by community strengths, needs, and resources; and

(5) Use a variety of funds and resources, including, but not limited to:

(a) Family or caregiver funds;

(b) Private and volunteer resources;

(c) Public funds; and

(d) Exchange of care among families or caregivers.

Source:Laws 1999, LB 148, § 6.    


68-1526. Rules and regulations.

The department shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations for the operation and administration of the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Services Program, including, but not limited to:

(1) Criteria, procedures, and timelines for designation of the community-based private nonprofit or for-profit agencies or public agencies that will receive funding to provide respite services under community lifespan respite services programs;

(2) A requirement that each community lifespan respite services program publicize the telephone number and address where families and caregivers may contact the program; and

(3) Procedures and guidelines for determining priorities, eligibility standards, and eligibility criteria for the selection of caregivers to participate in programs funded under the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Services Program.

Source:Laws 1999, LB 148, § 7;    Laws 2001, LB 692, § 1.    


68-1527. Department; duties.

The department shall establish at least six community lifespan respite services programs in Nebraska on or before July 1, 2000.

Source:Laws 1999, LB 148, § 8.    


68-1528. Use of funds.

The Nebraska Lifespan Respite Services Program may use the funds appropriated to the program for the following purposes:

(1) The purposes established in sections 68-1522 and 68-1523;

(2) Costs related to developing provider recruitment and training, information and referral, outreach, and other components of the provision of respite services;

(3) One-time-only startup costs related to the establishment of the community lifespan respite services program; and

(4) Minimum administrative costs for operating the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Services Program.

Source:Laws 1999, LB 148, § 9.    


68-1601. Act, how cited.

Sections 68-1601 to 68-1608 shall be known and may be cited as the Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund Act.

Source:Laws 1992, LB 1192, § 1.


68-1602. Legislative intent.

It is the intent of the Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund Act to provide funds aimed at meeting the needs of homeless individuals and other individuals with locally identified and documented special housing needs.

It is further the intent of the act that homeless individuals shall include persons who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and who are living in a publicly or privately subsidized hotel, motel, shelter, or other temporary living quarters or any place not designated for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings. The act is not intended to include those individuals in prison or detained pursuant to state or federal law.

Source:Laws 1992, LB 1192, § 2.


68-1603. Department, defined.

For purposes of the Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund Act, department shall mean the Department of Health and Human Services.

Source:Laws 1992, LB 1192, § 3; Laws 2001, LB 516, § 1.    


68-1604. Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund; created; use; investment.

The Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund is hereby created. The fund shall include the proceeds raised from the documentary stamp tax and remitted for such fund pursuant to section 76-903 and transfers authorized by the Legislature. Money remitted to such fund shall be used by the department (1) for grants to eligible shelter providers as set out in section 68-1605 for the purpose of assisting in the alleviation of homelessness, to provide temporary and permanent shelters for homeless persons, to encourage the development of projects which link housing assistance to programs promoting the concept of self-sufficiency, and to address the needs of the migrant farmworker and (2) to aid in defraying the expenses of administering the Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund Act, which shall not exceed seventy-five thousand dollars in any fiscal year.

Any money in the fund available for investment shall be invested by the state investment officer pursuant to the Nebraska Capital Expansion Act and the Nebraska State Funds Investment Act.

Source:Laws 1992, LB 1192, § 4; Laws 1994, LB 1066, § 62; Laws 2001, LB 516, § 2;    Laws 2005, LB 301, § 8;    Laws 2013, LB199, § 28.    


Cross References

68-1605. Department; grants; requirements; application; considerations.

(1) The department shall use the funds in the Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund to finance grants for projects or programs that provide for persons or families with special housing needs.

(2) Projects and programs to which funds shall be provided include eligible community, neighborhood-based, housing-assistance organizations, institutions, associations, and societies or corporations that:

(a) Are exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as defined in section 49-801.01;

(b) Do not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, sex, race, color, or national origin;

(c) Provide residential housing for at least eight hours of every twenty-four-hour period; and

(d) Operate a drug-free premises.

(3) The department shall establish an advisory committee consisting of individuals and groups involved with housing issues, in particular those pertaining to persons or families with special housing needs, to advise and assist the department in establishing criteria, priorities, and guidelines for eligibility requirements, application requirements and dates, public notification, and monitoring and shall assist the department in adopting and promulgating rules and regulations for providing grants from the fund.

(4) An application submitted by an organization representing a number of eligible applicants may be considered even though the representing organization may itself not qualify under this section.

(5) In making grants pursuant to the Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund Act, the department shall consider, but not be limited to, the following factors:

(a) The number of night-lodging units provided by the applicant as measured by the number of persons housed per night;

(b) Participation by the applicant in community planning processes and activities aimed at preventing and alleviating homelessness;

(c) Other verifiable units of service provided by the applicant; and

(d) The geographic distribution of funds.

Source:Laws 1992, LB 1192, § 5; Laws 1995, LB 574, § 59; Laws 2001, LB 516, § 3.    


68-1606. Grant money; use.

Grant money may be used by eligible recipients in meeting the special housing needs of individuals including meals, transportation, counseling, housekeeping, care management, and personal emergency response needs.

Source:Laws 1992, LB 1192, § 6.


68-1607. Recipients; requirements.

Recipients of grant money shall, upon request, submit to the department records for verification of the information included on applications submitted for grants from the Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund.

Source:Laws 1992, LB 1192, § 7; Laws 2001, LB 516, § 4.    


68-1608. Rules and regulations.

The department shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund Act.

Source:Laws 1992, LB 1192, § 8.


68-1701. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 892, § 3.

68-1702. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 892, § 3.

68-1703. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 892, § 3.

68-1704. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 892, § 3.

68-1705. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 892, § 3.

68-1706. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 892, § 3.

68-1707. Repealed. Laws 1996, LB 892, § 3.

68-1708. Act, how cited.

Sections 68-1708 to 68-1735.03 shall be known and may be cited as the Welfare Reform Act.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 8; Laws 1995, LB 455, § 8; Laws 1996, LB 892, § 1; Laws 1997, LB 864, § 11; Laws 2000, LB 1352, § 2;    Laws 2012, LB507, § 1;    Laws 2016, LB1081, § 3.    
Effective Date: July 21, 2016


68-1709. Legislative findings and declarations.

The Legislature finds and declares that the primary purpose of the welfare programs in this state is to provide temporary, transitional support for Nebraska families so that economic self-sufficiency is attained in as expeditious a manner as possible. The Legislature further finds and declares that this goal is to be accomplished through individualized assessments of the personal and economic resources of each applicant for public assistance and through the use of individualized self-sufficiency contracts.

The Legislature further finds and declares that it is in the best interests of the state, its citizens, and especially those receiving public assistance through welfare programs in this state that the welfare system be reformed to support, stabilize, and enhance individual and family life in Nebraska by: (1) Pursuing efforts to help Nebraskans avoid poverty and prevent the need for welfare; (2) eliminating existing complex and conflicting welfare programs; (3) creating a simplified program in place of the existing complex and conflicting welfare programs; (4) removing disincentives to work and promoting economic self-sufficiency; (5) providing individuals and families the support needed to move from public assistance to economic self-sufficiency; (6) changing public assistance from entitlements to temporary, contract-based support; (7) removing barriers to public assistance for intact families; (8) basing the duration of public assistance upon the individual circumstances of each applicant within the time limits allowed under federal law; (9) providing continuing assistance and support for persons sixty-five years of age or over and for individuals and families with physical, mental, or intellectual limitations preventing total economic self-sufficiency; (10) supporting regular school attendance of children; and (11) promoting public sector, private sector, individual, and family responsibility.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 9; Laws 2007, LB351, § 4.    


68-1710. Legislative intent.

It is the intent of the Legislature that, with the passage of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Public Law 104-193, the Department of Health and Human Services implement the Welfare Reform Act in a manner consistent with federal law.

Source:Laws 1997, LB 864, § 12; Laws 2007, LB351, § 5.    


68-1711. Assessment tool; state agencies; utilize.

State agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor, which assess training options, job readiness, adult basic skills, aptitudes, interests, workplace maturity, and career development of applicants for services shall utilize a common, comprehensive assessment tool.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 11; Laws 1995, LB 455, § 9; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 356.


68-1712. Repealed. Laws 1995, LB 455, § 27.

68-1713. Department of Health and Human Services; implementation of policies; transitional health care benefits.

(1) The Department of Health and Human Services shall implement the following policies:

(a) Permit Work Experience in Private for-Profit Enterprises;

(b) Permit Job Search;

(c) Permit Employment to be Considered a Program Component;

(d) Make Sanctions More Stringent to Emphasize Participant Obligations;

(e) Alternative Hearing Process;

(f) Permit Adults in Two-Parent Households to Participate in Activities Based on Their Self-Sufficiency Needs;

(g) Eliminate Exemptions for Individuals with Children Between the Ages of 12 Weeks and Age Six;

(h) Providing Poor Working Families with Transitional Child Care to Ease the Transition from Welfare to Self-Sufficiency;

(i) Provide Transitional Health Care for 12 Months After Termination of ADC if funding for such transitional medical assistance is available under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, as described in section 68-906;

(j) Require Adults to Ensure that Children in the Family Unit Attend School;

(k) Encourage Minor Parents to Live with Their Parents;

(l) Establish a Resource Limit of $4,000 for a single individual and $6,000 for two or more individuals for ADC;

(m) Exclude the Value of One Vehicle Per Family When Determining ADC Eligibility;

(n) Exclude the Cash Value of Life Insurance Policies in Calculating Resources for ADC;

(o) Establish the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as a Continuous Benefit with Eligibility Reevaluated with Yearly Redeterminations;

(p) Establish a Budget the Gap Methodology Whereby Countable Earned Income is Subtracted from the Standard of the Need and Payment is Based on the Difference or Maximum Payment Level, Whichever is Less. That this Gap be Established at a Level that Encourages Work but at Least at a Level that Ensures that Those Currently Eligible for ADC do not Lose Eligibility Because of the Adoption of this Methodology;

(q) Adopt an Earned Income Disregard described in section 68-1726 in the ADC Program, One Hundred Dollars in the Related Medical Assistance Program, and Income and Assets Described in section 68-1201;

(r) Disregard Financial Assistance Described in section 68-1201 and Other Financial Assistance Intended for Books, Tuition, or Other Self-Sufficiency Related Use;

(s) Culture: Eliminate the 100-Hour Rule, The Quarter of Work Requirement, and The 30-Day Unemployed/Underemployed Period for ADC-UP Eligibility;

(t) Make ADC a Time-Limited Program; and

(u) Adopt an Unearned Income Disregard described in section 68-1201 in the ADC Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the Child Care Subsidy Program established pursuant to section 68-1202.

(2) The Department of Health and Human Services shall (a) apply for a waiver to allow for a sliding-fee schedule for the population served by the caretaker relative program or (b) pursue other public or private mechanisms, to provide for transitional health care benefits to individuals and families who do not qualify for cash assistance. It is the intent of the Legislature that transitional health care coverage be made available on a sliding-scale basis to individuals and families with incomes up to one hundred eighty-five percent of the federal poverty level if other health care coverage is not available.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 13; Laws 1995, LB 455, § 10; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 357; Laws 1997, LB 864, § 13; Laws 2002, Second Spec. Sess., LB 8, § 3;    Laws 2006, LB 994, § 77;    Laws 2007, LB351, § 6;    Laws 2009, LB288, § 30;    Laws 2014, LB359, § 4;    Laws 2015, LB607, § 2;    Laws 2016, LB1081, § 4.    
Effective Date: July 21, 2016


Annotations

68-1714. Repealed. Laws 1995, LB 455, § 27.

68-1715. Rules and regulations.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the Welfare Reform Act.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 15; Laws 1995, LB 455, § 11; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 358.


68-1716. Repealed. Laws 2005, LB 301, § 78.

68-1717. Repealed. Laws 1997, LB 864, § 20.

68-1718. Financial assistance; comprehensive assets assessment required; contents; periodic assessments.

(1) At the time an individual or a family applies for financial assistance pursuant to section 43-512, an assessment shall be conducted. Eligibility determination shall begin with a comprehensive assets assessment, in which the applicant and case manager collaborate to identify the economic and personal resources available to the applicant. Each applicant shall work with only one case manager who shall facilitate all service provision.

(2) Each applicant's personal resources shall be assessed in the comprehensive assets assessment. For purposes of this section, personal resources shall include education, vocational skills, employment history, health, life skills, personal strengths, and support from family and the community. This assessment shall also include a determination of the applicant's goals, employment background, educational background, housing needs, child care and transportation needs, health care needs, and other barriers to economic self-sufficiency.

(3) The comprehensive assets assessment shall structure personal resources information and control subjectivity. The assessment shall be used:

(a) To develop a self-sufficiency contract under section 68-1719 and promote services which specifically lead to self-sufficiency; and

(b) To determine if the applicant should be referred to other community resources for assistance.

(4) Periodic assessments, including an exit assessment prior to implementation of the time limit on cash assistance as provided in section 68-1724, shall be conducted with recipients to establish if the terms of the self-sufficiency contract have been met by the recipient family and by the state.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 18; Laws 1997, LB 864, § 14; Laws 2007, LB351, § 7.    


68-1719. Self-sufficiency contract; purpose.

Based on the results of the comprehensive assets assessment under section 68-1718, the applicant and the case manager shall develop a self-sufficiency contract. The contract shall be built upon the premise of urgent action. To ensure that the applicant can make constant, measurable progress toward self-sufficiency, goals shall be set with timelines and benchmarks that facilitate forward momentum. In the case of an entire family applying for assistance, each family member shall have responsibilities within the self-sufficiency contract.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 19.


Annotations

68-1720. Self-sufficiency contract; contents.

The responsibilities, roles, and expectations of the applicant family, the case manager, and all other service providers shall be detailed in the self-sufficiency contract developed under section 68-1719. The contract shall be signed by the applicant and by the case manager representing the state. The state and the applicant shall fulfill their respective terms of the contract.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 20.


68-1721. Principal wage earner and other nonexempt members of applicant family; duties.

(1) Under the self-sufficiency contract developed under section 68-1719, the principal wage earner and other nonexempt members of the applicant family shall be required to participate in one or more of the following approved activities, including, but not limited to, education, job skills training, work experience, job search, or employment.

(2) Education shall consist of the general education development program, high school, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, postsecondary education, or other education programs approved in the contract.

(3) Job skills training shall include vocational training in technical job skills and equivalent knowledge. Activities shall consist of formalized, technical job skills training, apprenticeships, on-the-job training, or training in the operation of a microbusiness enterprise. The types of training, apprenticeships, or training positions may include, but need not be limited to, the ability to provide services such as home repairs, automobile repairs, respite care, foster care, personal care, and child care. Job skills training shall be prioritized and approved for occupations that facilitate economic self-sufficiency.

(4) The purpose of work experience shall be to improve the employability of applicants by providing work experience and training to assist them to move promptly into regular public or private employment. Work experience shall mean unpaid work in a public, private, for-profit, or nonprofit business or organization. Work experience placements shall take into account the individual's prior training, skills, and experience. A placement shall not exceed six months.

(5) Job search shall assist adult members of recipient families in finding their own jobs. The emphasis shall be placed on teaching the individual to take responsibility for his or her own job development and placement.

(6) Employment shall consist of work for pay. The employment may be full-time or part-time but shall be adequate to help the recipient family reach economic self-sufficiency.

(7) For purposes of creating the self-sufficiency contract and meeting the applicant's work activity requirement, an applicant shall be allowed to engage in vocational training that leads to an associate degree, a diploma, or a certificate for a minimum of twenty hours per week for up to thirty-six months.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 21; Laws 1995, LB 455, § 14; Laws 2006, LB 994, § 78;    Laws 2007, LB351, § 8;    Laws 2009, LB458, § 1;    Laws 2012, LB842, § 1;    Laws 2016, LB1081, § 5.    
Effective Date: July 21, 2016


Annotations

68-1722. Legislative findings; case management practices and supportive services; department; powers and duties; extension of time limit on cash assistance; when.

The Legislature finds that the state has responsibilities to help ensure the success of the self-sufficiency contract for each recipient. The Department of Health and Human Services shall employ case management practices and supportive services to the extent necessary to facilitate movement toward self-sufficiency within the time limit on participation as provided in section 68-1724.

The department may purchase case management services. It is the intent of the Legislature that any case management utilized by the department shall include standards which emphasize communication skills; appropriate interviewing techniques; and methods for positive feedback, support, encouragement, and counseling. The case management provided shall also include a recognition of family dynamics and emphasize working with all family members; shall respect diversity; shall empower individuals; and shall include recognizing, capitalizing, and building on a family's strengths and existing support network. It is the intent of the Legislature that generally a case manager would have a family caseload of no more than seventy cases.

Supportive services shall include, but not be limited to, assistance with transportation expenses, participation and work expenses, parenting education, family planning, budgeting, and relocation to provide for specific needs critical to the recipient's or the recipient family's self-sufficiency contract. For purposes of this section, family planning shall not include abortion counseling, referral for abortion, or funding for abortion. If the state fails to meet the specific terms of the self-sufficiency contract, the time limit on cash assistance under section 68-1724 shall be extended.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 22; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 361; Laws 2007, LB351, § 9.    


68-1723. Cash assistance; requirements; extension of time limit; when; hearing; review.

(1) Cash assistance shall be provided only while recipients are actively engaged in the specific activities outlined in the self-sufficiency contract developed under section 68-1719. If the recipients are not actively engaged in these activities, no cash assistance shall be paid.

(2) Recipient families with at least one adult with the capacity to work, as determined by the comprehensive assets assessment, shall participate in the self-sufficiency contract as a condition of receiving cash assistance. If any such adult fails to cooperate in carrying out the terms of the contract, the family shall be ineligible for cash assistance.

(a) Adult members of recipient families whose youngest child is between the ages of twelve weeks and six months shall engage in an individually determined number of part-time hours in activities such as family nurturing, preemployment skills, or education.

(b) Participation in activities outlined in the self-sufficiency contract shall not be required for one parent of a recipient family whose youngest child is under the age of twelve weeks.

(c) Cash assistance under section 68-1724 shall be extended: (i) To cover the twelve-week postpartum recovery period for children born to recipient families; and (ii) to recognize special medical conditions of such children requiring the presence of at least one adult member of the recipient family, as determined by the state, which extend past the age of twelve weeks.

(d) Full participation in the activities outlined in the self-sufficiency contract shall be required for adult members of a two-parent recipient family whose youngest child is over the age of six months. Part-time participation in activities outlined in the self-sufficiency contract shall be required for an adult member of a single-parent recipient family whose youngest child is under the age of six years.

(e) In cases in which the only adults in the recipient family do not have parental responsibility which shall mean such adults are not the biological or adoptive parents or stepparents of the children in their care, and assistance is requested for all family members, including the adults, the family shall participate in the activities outlined in the self-sufficiency contract as a condition of receiving cash assistance.

(f) Unemployed or underemployed absent and able-to-work parents of children in the recipient family may participate in self-sufficiency contracts, employment, and payment of child support, and such absent parents may be required to pay all or a part of the costs of the self-sufficiency contracts.

(3) Individual recipients and recipient families shall have the right to request an administrative hearing (a) for the purpose of reviewing compliance by the state with the terms of the self-sufficiency contract or (b) for the purpose of reviewing a determination by the department that the recipient or recipient family has not complied with the terms of the self-sufficiency contract. It is the intent of the Legislature that an independent mediation appeal process be developed as an option to be considered.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 23; Laws 2007, LB351, § 10.    


Annotations

68-1724. Cash assistance; duration; reimbursement of expenses; when; conditions; extension of time limit.

(1) Cash assistance shall be provided for a period or periods of time not to exceed a total of sixty months for recipient families with children subject to the following:

(a) If the state fails to meet the specific terms of the self-sufficiency contract developed under section 68-1719, the sixty-month time limit established in this section shall be extended;

(b) The sixty-month time period for cash assistance shall begin within the first month of eligibility;

(c) When no longer eligible to receive cash assistance, assistance shall be available to reimburse work-related child care expenses even if the recipient family has not achieved economic self-sufficiency. The amount of such assistance shall be based on a cost-shared plan between the recipient family and the state which shall provide assistance up to one hundred eighty-five percent of the federal poverty level for up to twenty-four months. A recipient family may be required to contribute up to twenty percent of such family's gross income for child care. It is the intent of the Legislature that transitional health care coverage be made available on a sliding-scale basis to individuals and families with incomes up to one hundred eighty-five percent of the federal poverty level if other health care coverage is not available; and

(d) The self-sufficiency contract shall be revised and cash assistance extended when there is no job available for adult members of the recipient family. It is the intent of the Legislature that available job shall mean a job which results in an income of at least equal to the amount of cash assistance that would have been available if receiving assistance minus unearned income available to the recipient family.

The department shall develop policy guidelines to allow for cash assistance to persons who have received the maximum cash assistance provided by this section and who face extreme hardship without additional assistance. For purposes of this section, extreme hardship means a recipient family does not have adequate cash resources to meet the costs of the basic needs of food, clothing, and housing without continuing assistance or the child or children are at risk of losing care by and residence with their parent or parents.

(2) Cash assistance conditions under the Welfare Reform Act shall be as follows:

(a) Adults in recipient families shall mean individuals at least nineteen years of age living with and related to a child eighteen years of age or younger and shall include parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, or grandparents, whether the relationship is biological, adoptive, or step;

(b) The payment standard shall be based upon family size;

(c) The adults in the recipient family shall ensure that the minor children regularly attend school. Education is a valuable personal resource. The cash assistance provided to the recipient family may be reduced when the parent or parents have failed to take reasonable action to encourage the minor children of the recipient family ages sixteen and under to regularly attend school. No reduction of assistance shall be such as may result in extreme hardship. It is the intent of the Legislature that a process be developed to insure communication between the case manager, the parent or parents, and the school to address issues relating to school attendance;

(d) Two-parent families which would otherwise be eligible under section 43-504 or a federally approved waiver shall receive cash assistance under this section;

(e) For minor parents, the assistance payment shall be based on the minor parent's income. If the minor parent lives with at least one parent, the family's income shall be considered in determining eligibility and cash assistance payment levels for the minor parent. If the minor parent lives independently, support shall be pursued from the parents of the minor parent. If the absent parent of the minor's child is a minor, support from his or her parents shall be pursued. Support from parents as allowed under this subdivision shall not be pursued when the family income is less than three hundred percent of the federal poverty guidelines; and

(f) For adults who are not biological or adoptive parents or stepparents of the child or children in the family, if assistance is requested for the entire family, including the adults, a self-sufficiency contract shall be entered into as provided in section 68-1719. If assistance is requested for only the child or children in such a family, such children shall be eligible after consideration of the family's income and if (i) the family cooperates in pursuing child support and (ii) the minor children of the family regularly attend school.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 24; Laws 1995, LB 455, § 15; Laws 2007, LB351, § 11.    


Annotations

68-1725. Alternative payment systems authorized.

The Department of Health and Human Services may either develop an electronic benefit system for purposes of eliminating as much paper and coupon conveyance of public assistance as is practical or provide cash in lieu of coupons.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 25; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 362.


68-1725.01. Repealed. Laws 2004, LB 940, § 4.

68-1726. Assistance under act; eligibility factors.

Based on the comprehensive assets assessment, each individual and family receiving assistance under the Welfare Reform Act shall reach for his or her highest level of economic self-sufficiency or the family's highest level of economic self-sufficiency. The following eligibility factors shall apply:

(1) Financial resources, excluding the primary home and furnishings and the primary automobile, shall not exceed four thousand dollars in value for a single individual and six thousand dollars in value for two or more individuals;

(2) Available resources, including, but not limited to, savings accounts and real estate, shall be used in determining financial resources, except that income and assets described in sections 68-1201 and 68-1713 shall not be included in determination of available resources under this section;

(3) Income received by family members, except income earned by children attending school and except as provided in section 68-1201, shall be considered in determining total family income. Income earned by an individual or a family by working shall be treated differently than unearned income in determining the amount of cash assistance as follows:

(a) Earned income shall be counted in determining the level of cash assistance after disregarding an amount of earned income as follows:

(i) Twenty percent of gross earned income shall be disregarded to test for eligibility during the application process for aid to dependent children assistance; and

(ii) For aid to dependent children program participants and for applicants after eligibility has been established, fifty percent of the gross earned income shall be disregarded;

(b) Financial assistance provided by other programs that support the transition to economic self-sufficiency shall be considered to the extent the payments are intended to provide for life's necessities; and

(c) Financial assistance or those portions of it intended for books, tuition, or other self-sufficiency-related expenses shall not be counted in determining financial resources. Such assistance shall include, but not be limited to, school grants, scholarships, vocational rehabilitation payments, Job Training Partnership Act payments, income or assets described in section 68-1201, and education-related loans or other loans that are expected to be repaid; and

(4) Individuals and families shall pursue potential sources of economic support, including, but not limited to, unemployment compensation and child support.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 26; Laws 1997, LB 864, § 15; Laws 2014, LB359, § 5;    Laws 2015, LB607, § 3;    Laws 2016, LB1081, § 6.    
Effective Date: July 21, 2016


68-1727. Family resource centers; legislative intent.

It is the intent of the Legislature that family resource centers be considered a priority in the utilization of the federal funding allocated to Nebraska through Family Preservation and Support Services, as provided by Public Law 103-66, 1993.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 27.


68-1728. Services for families and children; legislative findings and declarations.

(1) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that: (a) The family is the cornerstone of society; (b) families have the primary responsibility for supporting their children; and (c) families require the support of their community and the state to fulfill their duties.

(2) The Legislature further finds that: (a) Many state initiatives for improving or reforming the systems of service delivery for children and their families have been identified and are underway within Nebraska; (b) there is a need to coordinate and promote communication in these initiatives to identify common visions and approaches and to establish linkages across the areas of health services, social services, family support services, mental health services, education, economic development, labor, and juvenile justice at the state level and the community level; and (c) these initiatives need continued support in order to empower communities and families to provide and promote an integrated, efficient, and effective service delivery system.

(3) The Legislature declares that it shall be the policy of the State of Nebraska (a) to promote the development of a statewide system of comprehensive, coordinated, family-centered, community-based, and culturally competent services for children and their families to assure that services help build strong families and provide appropriate environments for children and (b) that these services should be available, accessible, and equitable and, whenever possible, be located together.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 28.


68-1729. Repealed. Laws 2007, LB 296, § 815.

68-1730. Repealed. Laws 2007, LB 296, § 815.

68-1731. Family services; legislative intent.

The Legislature recognizes that parents should continue to have the primary responsibility for meeting the needs of their children but that if a family requires services it should be able to receive services which are available, accessible, and equitable. It is the intent of the Legislature that such services should be coordinated between agencies serving common populations and that whenever possible a plan should be implemented for location of services together to provide consistent, efficient, and effective services.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 31.


68-1732. Integrated programs and policies; legislative intent.

It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Health and Human Services, the State Department of Education, the Department of Labor, the Office of Probation Administration, the Department of Correctional Services, and the Department of Economic Development will have integrated programs and policies when serving a common customer. Organizational mergers and operating agreements shall be developed within state government which bring together the state's community-based child-serving and family-serving resources in the areas of health care services, social services, mental health services, developmental disabilities services, juvenile justice, and education. Such actions shall eliminate the need for the public to understand the differing roles, responsibilities, and services of the agencies enumerated in this section and their affiliates.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 32; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 365; Laws 2007, LB296, § 291.    


68-1733. Planning process; state agencies; duty to establish.

The state agencies enumerated in section 68-1732 shall establish a planning process to:

(1) Assist communities in joining together to assess their resources and strengths;

(2) Assess what services are needed in participating communities and coordinate how such services should be developed and provided;

(3) Identify and support a plan for location of related human services and agencies together;

(4) Identify human services that already exist and decide how to coordinate such services most efficiently;

(5) Link existing planning processes;

(6) Promote decategorization of selected federal and state programs to bring about greater cohesiveness and flexibility when locating services together; and

(7) Cooperate and coordinate with building owners and other business owners in the community to assess the most efficient way to locate or relocate agencies.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 33.


68-1734. Application process; legislative intent; common assessment tool.

It is the intent of the Legislature that the agencies enumerated in section 68-1732, whenever possible, shall develop a uniform, consolidated, and streamlined application process for all programs serving children and families. The application process shall be electronically linked so families will not have to repeat the application process. The state shall assist communities and eliminate barriers in developing a common application form and make the form available across the state. The application process shall provide for common data collection, intake, referral, and assessment and shall be ongoing. A single common assessment tool shall be developed which captures information once for use in making the full range of state, local, and community support available as part of the cash assistance program established under the Welfare Reform Act.

Source:Laws 1994, LB 1224, § 34.


68-1735. Creating self-sufficiency contract and meeting work activity requirement; applicant under twenty years of age; activities authorized.

For purposes of creating the self-sufficiency contract and meeting the applicant's work activity requirement, an applicant who is under twenty years of age and is married or a single head of household is deemed to have met the work activity requirement in a month if he or she:

(1) Maintains satisfactory attendance during such month at secondary school, a general education development program, or the equivalent; or

(2) Participates in education directly related to employment for an average of at least twenty hours per week during such month. Education directly related to employment includes, but is not limited to, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and a general education development program.

Source:Laws 2012, LB507, § 2.    


68-1735.01. Creating self-sufficiency contract and meeting work activity requirement; applicant; activities authorized.

(1) For purposes of this section, target work rate means fifty percent less the caseload reduction credit submitted by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to the United States Department of Health and Human Services for the fiscal year.

(2) For purposes of creating the self-sufficiency contract and meeting the applicant's work activity requirement, an applicant shall be deemed to have met the work activity requirement in a month if he or she is engaged in education directly related to employment for an average of at least twenty hours per week during such month. Education directly related to employment includes, but is not limited to, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and a general education development program.

(3) No state funds shall be used to carry out this section unless such state funds meet the definition of qualified state expenditures under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, 42 U.S.C. 609(a)(7)(B)(i).

(4) If Nebraska's work participation rate under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, 42 U.S.C. 601 et seq., does not exceed the target work rate by ten percentage points in any month, the Department of Health and Human Services may suspend the requirements of subsection (2) of this section until the work participation rate exceeds the target work rate by ten percentage points for three consecutive months.

Source:Laws 2012, LB507, § 3;    Laws 2013, LB240, § 1.    


68-1735.02. Department of Health and Human Services; report; contents.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall submit electronically an annual report to the Legislature on October 1 on the following:

(1) The number of persons on a quarterly basis participating in a self-sufficiency contract who are engaged in one of the following activities:

(a) An associate degree program;

(b) A vocational education program not leading to an associate degree;

(c) Postsecondary education other than a program described in subdivision (1)(a) or (b) of this section;

(d) Adult Basic Education;

(e) English as a Second Language; or

(f) A general education development program; and

(2) The number of persons participating in a self-sufficiency contract who obtain or maintain employment for six months, twelve months, eighteen months, and twenty-four months after such persons are no longer eligible for cash assistance due to obtaining employment.

Source:Laws 2012, LB507, § 4;    Laws 2013, LB222, § 23.    


68-1735.03. Legislative intent.

It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Health and Human Services carry out the requirements of sections 68-1735 to 68-1735.02 within the limits of its annual appropriation.

Source:Laws 2012, LB507, § 5.    


68-1735.04. Repealed. Laws 2016, LB1081, § 8.

68-1736. Repealed. Laws 2008, LB 797, § 35.

68-1737. Repealed. Laws 2008, LB 797, § 35.

68-1738. Department of Health and Human Services; duty.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall make state funds available which are appropriated to meet the needs of people living on tribal lands or in tribal service areas as defined in section 43-1503 if the people residing on tribal lands or in tribal services areas choose to operate their own welfare reform programs.

Source:Laws 1999, LB 475, § 2.    


68-1801. Act, how cited.

Sections 68-1801 to 68-1809 shall be known and may be cited as the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Act.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 841, § 2;    Laws 2013, LB23, § 16.    


68-1802. Terms, defined.

For purposes of the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Act:

(1) Department means the Department of Health and Human Services;

(2) Intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities has the definition found in section 71-421;

(3) Medical assistance program means the program established pursuant to the Medical Assistance Act; and

(4) Net revenue means the revenue paid to an intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities for resident care, room, board, and services less contractual adjustments and does not include revenue from sources other than operations, including, but not limited to, interest and guest meals.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 841, § 3;    Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 72;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 292;    Laws 2013, LB23, § 17.    


Cross References

68-1803. Tax; rate; collection; report.

(1) Each intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities shall pay a tax equal to a percentage of its net revenue for the most recent State of Nebraska fiscal year. The percentage shall be (a) six percent prior to January 1, 2008, (b) five and one-half percent beginning January 1, 2008, through September 30, 2011, and (c) six percent beginning October 1, 2011.

(2) Taxes collected under this section shall be remitted to the State Treasurer for credit to the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Fund.

(3) Taxes collected pursuant to this section shall be reported on a separate line on the cost report of the intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities, regardless of how such costs are reported on any other cost report or income statement. The department shall recognize such tax as an allowable cost within the state plan for reimbursement of intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities which participate in the medical assistance program. The tax shall be a direct pass-through and shall not be subject to cost limitations.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 841, § 4;    Laws 2006, LB 1248, § 73;    Laws 2007, LB292, § 2;    Laws 2013, LB23, § 18.    


68-1804. ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Fund; created; use; allocation; investment; report.

(1) The ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Fund is created. Any money in the fund available for investment shall be invested by the state investment officer pursuant to the Nebraska Capital Expansion Act and the Nebraska State Funds Investment Act. Interest and income earned by the fund shall be credited to the fund.

(2) Beginning July 1, 2014, the department shall use the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Fund, including the matching federal financial participation under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, as amended, for purposes of enhancing rates paid under the medical assistance program to intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities and for an annual contribution to community-based programs for persons with developmental disabilities as specified in subsection (4) of this section, exclusive of the reimbursement paid under the medical assistance program and any other state appropriations to intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities.

(3) For FY2011-12 through FY2013-14, proceeds from the tax imposed pursuant to section 68-1803 shall be remitted to the State Treasurer for credit to the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Fund for allocation as follows:

(a) First, fifty-five thousand dollars for administration of the fund;

(b) Second, the amount needed to reimburse intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities for the cost of the tax;

(c) Third, three hundred twelve thousand dollars for community-based services for persons with developmental disabilities;

(d) Fourth, six hundred thousand dollars or such lesser amount as may be available in the fund for non-state-operated intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities, in addition to any continuation appropriations percentage increase provided by the Legislature to nongovernmental intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities under the medical assistance program, subject to approval by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the department's annual application amending the medicaid state plan reimbursement methodology for intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities; and

(e) Fifth, the remainder of the proceeds to the General Fund.

(4) For FY2014-15 and each fiscal year thereafter, the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Fund shall be used as follows:

(a) First, fifty-five thousand dollars to the department for administration of the fund;

(b) Second, payment to the intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities for the cost of the tax;

(c) Third, three hundred twelve thousand dollars, in addition to any federal medicaid matching funds, for payment to providers of community-based services for persons with developmental disabilities;

(d) Fourth, one million dollars to the General Fund; and

(e) Fifth, rebase rates under the medical assistance program in accordance with the medicaid state plan as defined in section 68-907. In calculating rates, the proceeds of the tax provided for in section 68-1803 and not utilized under subdivisions (a), (b), (c), and (d) of this subsection shall be used to enhance rates in non-state-operated intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities by increasing the annual inflation factor to the extent allowed by such proceeds and any funds appropriated by the Legislature.

(5) The Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care of the Department of Health and Human Services shall report electronically, no later than December 1 of each year, to the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature and the Revenue Committee of the Legislature the amounts collected from each payer of the tax pursuant to section 68-1803 and the amount of each disbursement from the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Fund.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 841, § 5;    Laws 2010, LB701, § 1;    Laws 2013, LB23, § 19.    


Cross References

68-1805. State medicaid plan; application for amendment; tax; when due.

(1) On or before July 1, 2004, the department shall submit an application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the United States Department of Health and Human Services amending the state medicaid plan to provide for utilization of money in the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Fund to increase medicaid payments to intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities.

(2) The tax imposed under section 68-1803 is not due and payable until such amendment to the state medicaid plan is approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 841, § 6;    Laws 2013, LB23, § 20.    


68-1806. Collection of tax; discontinued; when; effect.

(1) Until July 1, 2014:

(a) Collection of the tax imposed by section 68-1803 shall be discontinued if:

(i) The amendment to the state medicaid plan described in section 68-1805 is disapproved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services;

(ii) The department reduces rates paid to intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities to an amount less than the rates effective September 1, 2003; or

(iii) The department or any other state agency attempts to utilize the money in the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Fund for any use other than uses permitted pursuant to the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Act; and

(b) If collection of the tax is discontinued as provided in subdivision (a) of this subsection, all money in the fund shall be returned to the intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities from which the tax was collected on the same basis as the tax was assessed.

(2) Beginning on July 1, 2014:

(a) The department shall discontinue collection of the tax provided for in section 68-1803:

(i) If federal financial participation to match the payments by intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities pursuant to section 68-1803 becomes unavailable under federal law or the rules and regulations of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the United States Department of Health and Human Services; or

(ii) If money in the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Fund is appropriated, transferred, or otherwise expended for any use other than uses permitted pursuant to the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Act; and

(b) If collection of the tax provided for in section 68-1803 is discontinued as provided in subdivision (a) of this subsection, the money in the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Fund shall be returned to the intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities from which the tax was collected on the same basis as collected.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 841, § 7;    Laws 2013, LB23, § 21.    


68-1806.01. Tax; use.

The department shall collect the tax provided for in section 68-1803 and remit the tax to the State Treasurer for credit to the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Fund. Beginning July 1, 2014, no proceeds from the tax provided for in section 68-1803, including the federal match, shall be placed in the General Fund unless otherwise provided in the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Act.

Source:Laws 2013, LB23, § 22.    


68-1807. Failure to pay tax; penalty.

(1) An intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities that fails to pay the tax required by section 68-1803 shall be subject to a penalty of five hundred dollars per day of delinquency. The total amount of the penalty assessed under this section shall not exceed five percent of the tax due from the intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities for the year for which the tax is assessed.

(2) The department shall collect the penalties and remit them to the State Treasurer for distribution in accordance with Article VII, section 5, of the Constitution of Nebraska.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 841, § 8;    Laws 2007, LB296, § 293;    Laws 2013, LB23, § 23.    


68-1808. Refund; procedure.

An intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities that has paid a tax that is not required by section 68-1803 may file a claim for refund with the department. The department may by rule and regulation establish procedures for filing and consideration of such claims.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 841, § 9;    Laws 2013, LB23, § 24.    


68-1809. Rules and regulations.

The department may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the ICF/DD Reimbursement Protection Act.

Source:Laws 2004, LB 841, § 10;    Laws 2013, LB23, § 25.    


68-1901. Act, how cited.

Sections 68-1901 to 68-1930 shall be known and may be cited as the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Assessment Act.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 1.    


68-1902. Definitions, where found.

For purposes of the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Assessment Act, the definitions found in sections 68-1903 to 68-1916 apply.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 2.    


68-1903. Bed-hold day, defined.

Bed-hold day means a day during which a bed is kept open pursuant to the bed-hold policy of the nursing facility or skilled nursing facility which permits a resident to return to the facility and resume residence in the facility after a transfer to a hospital or therapeutic leave.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 3.    


68-1904. Continuing care retirement community, defined.

Continuing care retirement community means an operational entity or related organization which, under a life care contract, provides a continuum of services, including, but not limited to, independent living, assisted-living, nursing facility, and skilled nursing facility services within the same or a contiguous municipality as defined in section 18-2410.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 4.    


68-1905. Department, defined.

Department means the Department of Health and Human Services.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 5.    


68-1906. Gross inpatient revenue, defined.

Gross inpatient revenue means the revenue paid to a nursing facility or skilled nursing facility for inpatient resident care, room, board, and services less contractual adjustments, bad debt, and revenue from sources other than operations, including, but not limited to, interest, guest meals, gifts, and grants.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 6.    


68-1907. Hospital, defined.

Hospital has the meaning found in section 71-419.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 7.    


68-1908. Life care contract, defined.

Life care contract means a contract between a continuing care retirement community and a resident of such community or his or her legal representative which:

(1) Includes each of the following express promises:

(a) The community agrees to provide services at any level along the continuum of care levels offered by the community;

(b) The base room fee will not increase as a resident transitions among levels of care, excluding any services or items upon which both parties initially agreed; and

(c) If the resident outlives and exhausts resources to pay for services, the community will continue to provide services at a reduced price or free of charge to the resident, excluding any payments from medicare, the medical assistance program, or a private insurance policy for which the resident is eligible and the community is certified or otherwise qualified to receive; and

(2) Requires the resident to agree to pay an entry fee to the community and to remain in the community for a minimum length of time subject to penalties against the entry fee.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 8.    


68-1909. Medical assistance program, defined.

Medical assistance program means the medical assistance program established pursuant to the Medical Assistance Act.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 9.    


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68-1910. Medicare day, defined.

Medicare day means any day of resident stay funded by medicare as the payment source and includes a day funded under Medicare Part A, under a Medicare Advantage or special needs plan, or under medicare hospice.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 10.    


68-1911. Medicare upper payment limit, defined.

Medicare upper payment limit means the limitation established by 42 C.F.R. 447.272 establishing a maximum amount of payment for services under the medical assistance program to nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 11.    


68-1912. Nursing facility, defined.

Nursing facility has the meaning found in section 71-424.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 12.    


68-1913. Quality assurance assessment, defined.

Quality assurance assessment means the assessment imposed under section 68-1917.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 13.    


68-1914. Resident day, defined.

Resident day means the calendar day in which care is provided to an individual resident of a nursing facility or skilled nursing facility that is not reimbursed under medicare, including the day of admission but not including the day of discharge, unless the dates of admission and discharge occur on the same day, in which case the resulting number of resident days is one resident day.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 14.    


68-1915. Skilled nursing facility, defined.

Skilled nursing facility has the meaning found in section 71-429.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 15.    


68-1916. Total resident days, defined.

Total resident days means the total number of residents residing in the nursing facility or skilled nursing facility between July 1 and June 30, multiplied by the number of days each such resident resided in that nursing facility or skilled nursing facility. If a resident is admitted and discharged on the same day, the resident shall be considered to be a resident for that day.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 16.    


68-1917. Quality assurance assessment; payment; computation.

Except for facilities which are exempt under section 68-1918 and facilities referred to in section 68-1919, each nursing facility or skilled nursing facility licensed under the Health Care Facility Licensure Act shall pay a quality assurance assessment based on total resident days, including bed-hold days, less medicare days, for the purpose of improving the quality of nursing facility or skilled nursing facility care in this state. The assessment shall be three dollars and fifty cents for each resident day for the preceding calendar quarter. The assessment in the aggregate shall not exceed the amount stated in section 68-1920.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 17.    


Cross References

68-1918. Providers exempt.

The department shall exempt the following providers from the quality assurance assessment:

(1) State-operated veterans homes listed in section 80-315;

(2) Nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities with twenty-six or fewer licensed beds; and

(3) Continuing care retirement communities.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 18.    


68-1919. Reduction of quality assurance assessment; when.

The department shall reduce the quality assurance assessment for either certain high-volume medicaid nursing facilities or skilled nursing facilities with high patient volumes to meet the redistribution tests in 42 C.F.R. 433.68(e)(2). Under this section, the assessment shall be based on total resident days, including bed-hold days, less medicare days, for the purpose of improving the quality of nursing facility or skilled nursing facility care in this state.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 19.    


68-1920. Aggregate quality assurance assessment; limitation.

The aggregate quality assurance assessment shall not exceed the lower of the amount necessary to accomplish the uses specified in section 68-1926 or the maximum amount of gross inpatient revenue that may be assessed pursuant to the indirect guarantee threshold as established pursuant to 42 C.F.R. 433.68(f)(3)(i). The aggregate quality assurance assessment shall be imposed on a per-nonmedicare-day basis.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 20.    


68-1921. Quality assurance assessment; payments; form.

Each nursing facility or skilled nursing facility shall pay the quality assurance assessment to the department on a quarterly basis after the medical assistance payment rates of the facility are adjusted pursuant to section 68-1926. The department shall prepare and distribute a form on which a nursing facility or skilled nursing facility shall calculate and report the quality assurance assessment. A nursing facility or skilled nursing facility shall submit the completed form with the quality assurance assessment no later than thirty days following the end of each calendar quarter.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 21.    


68-1922. Department; collect quality assurance assessment; remit to State Treasurer.

The department shall collect the quality assurance assessment and remit the assessment to the State Treasurer for credit to the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fund. No proceeds from the quality assurance assessment, including the federal match, shall be placed in the General Fund unless otherwise provided in the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Assessment Act.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 22.    


68-1923. Quality assurance assessment; report; medicaid cost report; how treated.

A nursing facility or skilled nursing facility shall report the quality assurance assessment on a separate line of the medicaid cost report of the nursing facility or skilled nursing facility. The quality assurance assessment shall be treated as a separate component in developing rates paid to nursing facilities or skilled nursing facilities and shall not be included with existing rate components. In developing a rate component for the quality assurance assessment, the assessment shall be treated as a direct pass-through to each nursing facility and skilled nursing facility, retroactive to July 1, 2011. The quality assurance assessment shall not be subject to any cost limitation or revenue offset.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 23.    


68-1924. Underpayment or overpayment; notice.

If the department determines that a nursing facility or skilled nursing facility has underpaid or overpaid the quality assurance assessment, the department shall notify the nursing facility or skilled nursing facility of the unpaid quality assurance assessment or refund due. Such payment or refund shall be due or refunded within thirty days after the issuance of the notice.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 24.    


68-1925. Failure to pay; penalty; waiver; when; withholding authorized; collection methods authorized.

(1) A nursing facility or skilled nursing facility that fails to pay the quality assurance assessment within the timeframe specified in section 68-1921 or 68-1924, whichever is applicable, shall pay, in addition to the outstanding quality assurance assessment, a penalty of one and one-half percent of the quality assurance assessment amount owed for each month or portion of a month that the assessment is overdue. If the department determines that good cause is shown for failure to pay the quality assurance assessment, the department shall waive the penalty or a portion of the penalty.

(2) If a quality assurance assessment has not been received by the department within thirty days following the quarter for which the assessment is due, the department shall withhold an amount equal to the quality assurance assessment and penalty owed from any payment due such nursing facility or skilled nursing facility under the medical assistance program.

(3) The quality assurance assessment shall constitute a debt due the state and may be collected by civil action, including, but not limited to, the filing of tax liens, and any other method provided for by law.

(4) The department shall remit any penalty collected pursuant to this section to the State Treasurer for distribution in accordance with Article VII, section 5, of the Constitution of Nebraska.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 25.    


68-1926. Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fund; created; use; investment.

(1) The Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fund is created. Interest and income earned by the fund shall be credited to the fund. Any money in the fund available for investment shall be invested by the state investment officer pursuant to the Nebraska Capital Expansion Act and the Nebraska State Funds Investment Act.

(2) The department shall use the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fund, including the matching federal financial participation under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, for the purpose of enhancing rates paid under the medical assistance program to nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, exclusive of the reimbursement paid under the medical assistance program, and, except for the purpose of reimbursement for retroactive compensation as provided in subsection (2) of section 68-1927 or reimbursement for rate enhancements in anticipation of receipt of quality assurance assessments or related matching federal financial participation pursuant to the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Assessment Act, shall not use the fund to replace or offset existing state funds paid to nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities for providing services under the medical assistance program.

(3) The Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fund shall also be used as follows:

(a) To pay the department a reasonable administrative fee for enforcing and collecting the quality assurance assessment out of the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fund in addition to any federal medical assistance matching funds;

(b) To pay the share under the medical assistance program of a quality assurance assessment as an add-on to the rate under the medical assistance program for costs incurred by a nursing facility or skilled nursing facility. This rate add-on shall account for the cost incurred by a nursing facility or skilled nursing facility in paying the quality assurance assessment but only with respect to the pro rata portion of the assessment that correlates with the resident days in the nursing facility or skilled nursing facility that are attributable to residents funded by the medical assistance program;

(c) To rebase rates under the medical assistance program in accordance with the medicaid state plan as defined in section 68-907. In calculating rates, the proceeds of the quality assurance assessments and federal match not utilized under subdivisions (3)(a) and (b) of this section shall be used to enhance rates by increasing the annual inflation factor to the extent allowed by such proceeds and any funds appropriated by the Legislature; and

(d) To increase quality assurance payments to fund covered services to recipients of benefits from the medical assistance program within medicare upper payment limits as determined by the department following consultation with nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 26.    


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68-1927. Application for amendment to medicaid state plan; approval; effect; resubmission of waiver application.

(1) On or before September 30, 2011, or after that date if allowable by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services shall submit an application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services amending the medicaid state plan as defined in section 68-907 by requesting a waiver of the uniformity requirement pursuant to 42 C.F.R. 433.68(e) to exempt certain facilities from the quality assurance assessment and to permit other facilities to pay the quality assurance assessment at lower rates.

(2) The quality assurance assessment is not due and payable until an amendment to the medicaid state plan which increases the rates paid to nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities is approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities have been compensated retroactively for the increased rate for services pursuant to section 68-1926.

(3) If the waiver requested under this section is not approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the department may resubmit the waiver application to address any changes required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the rejection of such application, including the classes of facilities exempt and the rates or amounts for quality assurance assessments, if such changes do not exceed the authority and purposes of the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Assessment Act.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 27.    


68-1928. Department; discontinue collection of quality assurance assessments; when; return of money.

(1) The department shall discontinue collection of the quality assurance assessments:

(a) If the waiver requested pursuant to section 68-1927 or the medicaid state plan amendment reflecting the payment rates in section 68-1926 is given final disapproval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the United States Department of Health and Human Services;

(b) If, in any fiscal year, the state appropriates funds for nursing facility or skilled nursing facility rates at an amount that reimburses nursing facilities or skilled nursing facilities at a lesser percentage than the median percentage appropriated to other classes of providers of covered services under the medical assistance program;

(c) If money in the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fund is appropriated, transferred, or otherwise expended for any use other than uses permitted pursuant to the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Assessment Act; or

(d) If federal financial participation to match the quality assurance assessments made under the act becomes unavailable under federal law. In such case, the department shall terminate the collection of the quality assurance assessments beginning on the date the federal statutory, regulatory, or interpretive change takes effect.

(2) If collection of the quality assurance assessment is discontinued as provided in this section, the money in the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fund shall be returned to the nursing facilities or skilled nursing facilities from which the quality assurance assessments were collected on the same basis as the assessments were assessed.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 28.    


68-1929. Aggrieved party; hearing; petition.

A nursing facility or skilled nursing facility aggrieved by an action of the department under the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Assessment Act may file a petition for hearing with the director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care of the department. The hearing shall be conducted pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act and rules and regulations of the department.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 29.    


Cross References

68-1930. Rules and regulations.

The department may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Assessment Act.

Source:Laws 2011, LB600, § 30.    


68-2001. Act, how cited.

Sections 68-2001 to 68-2005 shall be known and may be cited as the Children's Health and Treatment Act.

Source:Laws 2012, LB1063, § 1.    


68-2002. Purposes of act.

The purposes of the Children's Health and Treatment Act are to:

(1) Require that the guidelines and criteria that the Department of Health and Human Services utilizes to determine medical necessity for services under the medical assistance program be published by the department on its web site and web sites of its contractors for managed care and administrative services. The treating guidelines and criteria shall be referenced specifically to providers when utilized as a determination of medical necessity under the medical assistance program. Treating guidelines and criteria in effect on July 19, 2012, shall be published on such web sites within thirty days after July 19, 2012. Notice of changes to treating guidelines and criteria shall be given to providers and time for public comment provided at least sixty days prior to implementation of such changes; and

(2) Require that the department collect and report on authorization and denial rates for behavioral health services for children under nineteen years of age.

Source:Laws 2012, LB1063, § 2.    


68-2003. Terms, defined.

For purposes of the Children's Health and Treatment Act:

(1) Department means the Department of Health and Human Services; and

(2) Medical assistance program means the program established pursuant to section 68-903.

Source:Laws 2012, LB1063, § 3.    


68-2004. Department; report; contents.

The department shall report to the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature on utilization controls, including, but not limited to, the rates of initial service authorizations, reauthorizations subsequent to initial service authorizations, and denials for behavioral health services for children under nineteen years of age. The first report shall be due on October 1, 2012, and shall contain such rates of initial service authorizations, reauthorizations subsequent to initial service authorizations, and denials for behavioral health services for children under nineteen years of age for the first three quarters of 2012. Thereafter, on January 1, April 1, and July 1 of each year, the department shall report electronically such rates of initial service authorizations, reauthorizations subsequent to initial service authorizations, and denials for behavioral health services for children under nineteen years of age for the previous calendar quarter.

Source:Laws 2012, LB1063, § 4;    Laws 2013, LB222, § 24.    


68-2005. Rules and regulations.

The department shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the Children's Health and Treatment Act. On and after April 1, 2013, the department shall not apply medical necessity criteria to determine medical necessity for children under nineteen years of age that have not been adopted and promulgated as rules and regulations pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act.

Source:Laws 2012, LB1063, § 5.    


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