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The Line: Carlsbad Hospital’s High Rate of Lawsuits Against Patients

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September 6, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the abundance of lawsuits filed by Carlsbad Medical Center against its patients – an aggressive practice highlighted by The New York Times. Patients often find themselves in a financial bind due to the difficulty of knowing exactly what their costs will be until the bill comes. Then, they can’t pay and sometimes can’t even set up a payment plan. While the majority of hospitals don’t make it a regular practice to take their patients to court, the Carlsbad Medical Center has filed more than 3,000 suits since 2015. The Line debates whether the state should be stepping in to stem the lawsuit tide.

Line Panelists:
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Dede Feldman, former state senator
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

For Further Reading:
The Hospital Treated These Patients. Then It Sued Them. – The New York Times

Sued Over An $1,800 Hospital Bill – Kaiser Health News

When Hospitals Sue For Unpaid Bills, It Can Be ‘Ruinous’ For Patients – NPR

The Line: Michelle Lujan Grisham Backs Off Co-pays And Premiums For Medicaid

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February 22, 2019 – Saying in a press release, “I have no intention of implementing policies that put a financial strain on low-income New Mexicans…,” Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that her administration would appeal to the federal government to stop a plan to make Medicaid enrollees pay monthly premiums and co-pays. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the pros and cons of this course of action.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Stephanie Maez, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico
Giovanna Rossi, president, Collective Action Strategies; host, “The Well Woman Show” (KUNM)


For Further Reading:

New Mexico reverses course on Medicaid charges for patients  – by Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Lujan Grisham Drops Martinez Plan For Medicaid Co-Pays And PremiumsKRWG Public Media

State aims to halt Medicaid copays and premiums – by Rebecca Moss, Santa Fe new Mexican, reprinted by NM Political Report