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As many as 100,000 Nebraskans would need to enroll in a state-based health insurance exchange before the program could sustain itself as required, according to a report presented to lawmakers Friday.

Department Director Bruce Ramge told a legislative panel that 83,000 to 100,000 Nebraskans would need to join the exchange to comply with President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The state health care exchanges — one option Nebraska is exploring — would have to become self-supporting by 2016.

About 205,000 Nebraskans are uninsured, or 12 percent of the population, according to the report. The national average is nearly 17 percent.

The report found that more than one in five Nebraska residents between age 18 and 34 are not insured. Nebraskans in low-income households were insured at lower rates than the state and national averages.

Ramge said insurance officials still are struggling with unanswered questions about the essential health benefits the federal gover……….. continues on BusinessWeek.
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