Today, September 25th, we celebrate National Voter Registration Day. National Voter Registration Day is a day of action before state deadlines begin in October. Last year, millions of Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.
This upcoming Midterm elections are especially important for Nebraska. On November 6th, Nebraskans will be asked to vote on Initiative 427, which can expand Medicaid to an estimated 90,000 low-income Nebraskans and provide health coverage to those that desperately need it.
Medicaid Expansion will have a profound effect on thousands of hard-working Nebraskans who are working desperately to pull themselves out of poverty. Patients with chronic disease such as diabetes are much more likely to have their conditions under control if they have health insurance. Moreover, they are more likely to have serious diseases diagnosed earlier so treatment can begin sooner. Expanding Medicaid will ensure families get access to preventative care, leading to overall improved well-being and avoiding costly trips to the emergency room. A recent study of Medicaid Expansion in Ohio, conducted by The Ohio Department of Medicaid, found that emergency room utilization decreased 17%, 37% of smokers enrolled in the expansion program were able to quit, and 97% of those with an opioid addiction received treatment.
So, this National Voter Registration Day, I encourage you to get registered to vote. If you recently moved, turned 18, changed your name, or haven’t voted in recent elections, you need to update your voter registration! All it takes is 30 seconds to register to vote online at https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/.
And when it comes time to vote on November 6th, I encourage you to vote FOR Initiative 427. Everyone deserves the peace of mind that comes with having access to health insurance.
By: Angela Lindstrom
Integrated Marketing Director