LINCOLN -- Gov. Dave Heineman says Nebraska will host a series of informal public meetings to collect input on the state's effort to establish a health insurance exchange, a requirement of the federal health care law. Heineman announced the meetings Wednesday as the state prepares a blueprint for a health exchange that is due to the federal government on Nov. 16. The exchanges are online markets in which consumers and small businesses can shop for health insurance. Heineman, who opposes the health care law, says the meetings will focus specifically on health exchanges, but not on any proposals to extend Medicaid coverage to more residents. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government cannot penalize states that choose not to expand Medicaid as required in the federal law.
Gov. Dave Heineman-R-Neb.