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NEBRASKA POLICY CHOICES 1986, ed. Jeffrey S. Luke & Vincent J. Webb (Omaha, NE: Center for Applied Urban Research, 1986).


Copyright © 1986 University of Nebraska Board of Regents.


A high proportion of Nebraska's population is age 65 or older and this is the fastest growing segment of the population. The population aged 85 years and older, which is the population most in need of long-term care, grew by over 45 percent between 1970 and 1980, and is expected to increased by 202 percent by the year 2000. This group includes individuals who are likely to require public assistance to help meet their medical and long-term health care needs. We estimate that the cost to the state to provide Medicaid assistance will increase from $60.4 million to 164.5 million over the next 15 years.