Category Archives: Health

Future Of Medicaid Unclear In New Mexico

New Mexico in Focus: The Future of Medicaid

February 17, 2017 - This week on New Mexico in Focus we look at Medicaid. New Mexico was one of 31 states and the District of Columbia that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and it helped contribute to the state's uninsured rate dropping to 9 percent from 20 percent. About 244,000 more New Mexicans gained coverage under Medicaid expansion and the federal government contributes a significant amount to the cost of Medicaid. But state expenditures for Medicaid continue to rise and with an ongoing budget crisis, the state is struggling to pay for it. If we underfund Medicaid we lose millions in federal matching dollars. How will this impact vulnerable New Mexicans?


Sireesha Manne, New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty
Kelly O'Donnell, economist with the RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM 

Further Reading

Despite Gains Medicaid Expansion Is On Chopping Block - Marketplace
Drop In Uninsured Rates After ACA And Medicaid Expansion - Gallup
State Grapples With Rising Medicaid Costs Amid ACA Uncertainty - Santa Fe New Mexican
Gessing: Medicaid Reform Can Save New Mexico - Los Alamos Monitor
Limited Revenue Options Bind Lawmakers - Santa Fe New Mexican
Paul Ryan’s Claim That More Doctors Just Won’t Take Medicaid - Washington Post
Report Finds New Mexico Would Lose 31,000 Jobs If ACA Repealed - Santa Fe New Mexican
New Mexico’s Epic Medicaid Shortfall - KUNM
United, UNMH Part Ways On Medicaid Patients - Albuquerque Journal
Panel Recommends State Reject Medicaid Copays, Premiums - Santa Fe New Mexican
New Mexico Seeks Co-Pays From Medicaid Patients - Albuquerque Journal
Some Farmers Want Big Changes In Health Coverage, Some None At All - AgriPulse
Medicaid Co-Pays Are A Poor Tax - KRWG
Vulnerable New Mexicans Wait To See What Trump Does To Obamacare - Santa Fe New Mexican
As Lawmakers Mull $69M Funding Hike For Medicaid Program Still Lacks Key Performance Data - Santa Fe New Mexican
Legislative Finance Committee Factsheet on Medicaid

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Behavioral Health Funding In Bernalillo County

New Mexico in Focus: behavioral health

February 10, 2017 - Voters in Bernalillo County voted overwhelmingly in 2014 to support a new tax to pay for mental and behavioral health services. This came after the shooting death of James Boyd, a homeless man who was schizophrenic, by Albuquerque Police, as well as other shootings by police involving people suffering from mental illness. Such encounters were a major focus of a damning report on APD's use of force by the U.S. Department of Justice. County Commissioners approved the tax and it went into effect in 2015. It's providing up to $20 million annually for more programs. What progress have we made on helping people get the services they need?

New Mexico Crisis and Access Line: 855-662-7474


Katrina Hotrum, Substance Abuse Programs Director for Bernalillo County
Douglas Chaplin, Family & Community Services Director for the city of Albuquerque
Jim Ogle, Member – Member, Behavioral Health Taskforce and former president of NAMI-New Mexico Albuquerque Chapter.


Bernalillo County Voters Ask For More Mental Health Support - Ed Williams, KUNM
Bernalillo County To Try New Behavioral Health Strategy - Albuquerque Journal
Bernalillo County To Spend $4M To Help Addicts, Mentally Ill - Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal
Crisis teams To Help Police With Mentally Ill, Addicts - Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal
$17M In New Taxes; No Mental Health Programs Yet - Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal
County To Help High-Risk Inmates Get New Start In Life - Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal
APD Shootings: Families React - New Mexico in Focus
Behavioral Health Initiative overview (PDF)
Behavioral Health Initiative website
Behavioral Health Taskforce members
DOJ Findings Letter On Albuquerque Police Department