Nebraska DHHS Forms Medical Care Advisory Committee


Lincoln – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has formed the Medical Care Advisory Committee (MCAC) which is composed of a group of Medicaid beneficiaries, advocates, and providers that will work together to make recommendations to the Medicaid program. ​

​At the first meeting, Dr. Jessica Meeske, DDS, was elected Chair, and Karma Boll was elected Vice-Chair. They will work with Medicaid and Long-Term Care (MLTC) Director Kevin Bagley to set the agenda, location, and time for future meetings. These meetings are open to the public.

Nebraska’s MCAC is seeking applicants to serve on the committee, particularly those who are Medicaid members or advocates. MCAC hopes for a diverse mix of perspectives from various backgrounds. Once the committee is at full strength, nine members will represent beneficiaries and advocates and eight members will represent providers.

MCAC members are invited to name special areas of interest to study and make recommendations. MLTC staff will prepare presentations on those topics and answer committee members’ questions.

To submit an application or to learn more about the MCAC, visit DHHS’s website:

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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