Sep 10, 2019 3:24 PM

Nebraska district court to hear Medicaid expansion lawsuit

Posted Sep 10, 2019 3:24 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lawsuit that seeks to speed up the expansion of Medicaid in Nebraska will go before a district court judge before the state's highest court agrees to hear the case.

The group Nebraska Appleseed announced Monday that the Nebraska Supreme Court has declined its request to review the lawsuit right away.

Nebraska Appleseed is suing the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to try to force the agency to expand coverage by Nov. 17 so that eligible people can get medical attention sooner.

The department has announced plans to implement coverage by October 2020. Department officials say they need a longer timeline to adequately prepare for the expansion, which voters approved via a ballot measure in November.

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Sep 10, 2019 3:24 PM
Jury acquits woman accused of using cigarette on daughter

YORK, Neb. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a York County woman accused of using a cigarette to burn her 8-year-old daughter.

York County District Court records say 29-year-old Ashley Eckard was found not guilty last month after a short trial. She was charged with felony intentional child abuse.

The records say Eckard, of McCool Junction, used the cigarette Sept. 15 last year to burn her daughter three times on a hand. The records also say Eckard told the girl to say the wounds occurred while sliding down a slide at a bouncy house.