Medicaid Expansion and State Tax Policy

  • Worked for 4 years to expand Medicaid coverage in Nebraska under the Affordable Care Act
  • Conducted meetings with 11 Omaha state senators to seek their support for expansion
  • Organized 175 clergy and faith leaders in support of using Medicaid to expand coverage
  • Testified repeatedly at hearings and press conferences supporting expansion
  • Submitted 10 letters to editor published in 2016 supporting expansion
  • Tax Policy: helped to stop state tax legislation shifting tax burden to middle and lower income


OTOC Agenda for Change:

  • Make affordable health coverage available to 77,000 low income working people who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little for an ACA subsidy–the coverage gap
  • Support passage of measures that make Nebraska tax code more progressive


Contact: Mark Hoeger (  or  Mary Spurgeon (

Leaders with Rev Nelson at front