Public education funding is one of the largest expenses in the state budget. On the next New Mexico in Focus, we look at how funding is allocated to schools and what’s at stake in current budget discussions during the legislative session. And we ask some groups why they are “grading” legislation to try to help the public better follow what’s happening in the Roundhouse. Learn more about our People, Power and Democracy project.
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?