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Nebraska State Capitol Building

$120 million in second round of federal rental aid could be back in play

BY: - February 4, 2022

LINCOLN — State Sen. Matt Hansen of Lincoln has launched an effort to put extended federal assistance into the hands of Nebraska renters — challenging an earlier stance taken by Gov. Pete Ricketts. Earlier this week, Ricketts told the Nebraska Examiner the state would not apply for a second round of federal emergency rental aid, […]

At-home covid test

State plans to distribute free, at-home COVID-19 tests, open up hospital beds

BY: - January 28, 2022

LINCOLN — The state plans to distribute 200,000 free, at-home tests for COVID-19 and is working to open up more acute hospital beds in the state as a surge in coronavirus cases continues. The so-called “Hospital Decompression Program” would allow the move of up to 98 patients out of hospitals when they no longer require acute […]

Sens. Wendy DeBoer and John Stinner

Nursing homes, care centers say they face staffing crisis without higher pay

BY: - January 25, 2022

LINCOLN — Words like “crisis,” “dire” and “desperate” were used Monday to describe the shortage of workers in the state’s nursing homes, as well as in programs serving the developmentally disabled. An advocate for senior care facilities said that their workforce is down 10% and that hiring replacements is getting harder because other entities, including […]