New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP)

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) is dedicated to advancing economic and social justice through education, advocacy and litigation. NMCLP works with low-income New Mexicans to improve living conditions, increase opportunities and protect the rights of people living in poverty. NMCLP’s approach is to focus on areas that present the greatest opportunity for systemic improvements. NMCLP is dedicated to advancing access to health care coverage for low-income New Mexicans, especially children, through education, advocacy and litigation. See below for more information about NMCLP’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • New Mexico Celebrates Medicaid Expansion!

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    NM: New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) and New Mexico Voices for Children collaborated in publishing a post on Georgetown Center for Children and Families Say Ahhh! Blog celebrating Governor Martinez’s announcement to expand Medicaid.  
  • La Fe Research and Policy Center Held a Summit on the Future of Latino Health and the ACA

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    NCLR: An affiliate of the National Council of La Raza, La Fe Research and Policy Center, held a summit on December 13th & 14th with community, elected officials and health care advocates to discuss the Future of Latino Health and the ACA.
  • NMCLP Released Medicaid Eligibility and Enrollment Checklist

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    NM: The New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty released a checklist providing information on how families can apply for Medicaid within the state.
  • NMCLP Published a Position Paper Promoting Medicaid Expansion in the State

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) released a Medicaid Rocks! video showing people all over the state dancing for the right for health care for all. NMCLP also published a position paper on promoting Medicaid expansion in the state and distributed it to state legislators.
  • NMCLP Submitted Comments on New Mexico's Exchange Blueprint Application to HHS

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP), in collaboration with other state advocates, submitted comments to the New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform on the state’s Exchange Blueprint Application to HHS. In the comments, NMCLP expresses concern over the lack of transparency around the state’s development and operation of a State-based Exchange.
  • NMCLP Published a Report Providing Recommendations on Implementing a Basic Health Plan in NM

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    NM: At the request of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty published a report providing recommendations on implementing a Basic Health Plan program in the state.
  • NMCLP Met with the Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board, Held Trainings for the Native American Coalition, and Published an Issue Brief on the Benefits of Medicaid Expansion

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    NM: The New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty met with the Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board and provided information and materials on the importance of expanding Medicaid in the State.  In part as a result of this effort, the Journal urged the Governor to expand Medicaid.  In addition, NMCLP held trainings and presented to a Native American Coalition on the benefits of Medicaid expansion.  NMCLP also published an issue brief advocating for Medicaid expansion and argues that this opportunity would provide coverage to over 170,000 uninsured New Mexicans. 
  • NMCLP Released a Factsheet on Premium Tax Credits and Cost-Sharing Subsidies for Individuals Who Do Not Qualify for Medicaid

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    NM: NMCLP released a factsheet to help individuals understand premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies for individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid and earn less than 400% of the federal poverty level.
  • NMCLP Released Factsheets and FAQs on How Medicaid Expansion Can Help the Uninsured and Announced the 100 Days of Medicaid Campaign

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    NM: New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP) released factsheets and a list of FAQs highlighting how Medicaid expansion will help over 150,000 uninsured New Mexicans and result in economic growth for the state. In addition, NMCLP announced the 100 Days for Medicaid Campaign, requesting organizations and individuals to "adopt" a day to call Governor Susana Martinez and urge her to expand the state’s Medicaid program. NMCLP’s goal is to obtain commitments for ten calls to the governor’s office every day for the next 100 weekdays, from all over the state.  
  • NMCLP Held an Event Highlighting Current ACA Implementation in New Mexico

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    NM: The New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP) held an Action For Health! event for families highlighting: what ACA provisions are currently being implemented in the state; basic information about the state’s current Medicaid program; Medicaid expansion and the opportunity for increased eligibility in the state; and how to ensure that quality, affordable dental care is available to all New Mexicans. NMCLP also provided testimony before the New Mexico Legislative Health and Human Services (LHHS) Committee which called a meeting to discuss better comprehensive care to American Indians and the Medicaid Expansion.
  • NMCLP Provided Data Points on Medicaid Expansion

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    NM: New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty was highlighted in El Grito de Nuevo Mexico providing data points as to why Medicaid Expansion is critical to the state.  
  • NMCLP Announced an Initiative to Promote Medicaid Expansion

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    NM: New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP) announced a story collection initiative to emphasize to State officials the impact of being uninsured in New Mexico and how Medicaid Expansion is a solution.

  • NMCLP Staff Attorney Commented on Importance of Public Input into Medicaid Redesign

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    New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty's (NMCLP) Staff Attorney Quela Robinson published an op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal discussing the importance of public input on the state’s proposed Medicaid redesign plan.  The New Mexico Human Services Department (NMHSD) originally submitted a request to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), without providing an opportunity for public input, that would impose co-payments for emergency room visits and eliminate retroactive coverage for individuals who become eligible for Medicaid. NMHSD recently withdrew its proposal from CMS to allow for public input. NMCLP also issued talking points and a request for individuals to attend HSD’s public comment session focusing on the Medicaid redesign plan held on June 26th.
  • NMCLP Released Factsheet on the ACA's Impact on Children and Families

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    The New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP) released a factsheet discussing healthcare coverage affordability for low-income New Mexico residents under the ACA. The factsheet argues that the tax subsidies may not be enough to make coverage affordable. For example, a single mother with two children earning $2,387 per month does not qualify for Medicaid and even with the help of subsidies she would still pay $130 out of pocket per month. NMCLP encourages individuals to advocate for State policies to address the affordability problem.
  • NMCLP Launched YouTube Channel Featuring State Medicaid Beneficiaries' Personal Stories

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    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) recently launched a YouTube Channel, “Health4NM,” that will feature state Medicaid beneficiaries’ experiences with Medicaid and messages to Governor Susana Martinez encouraging her to refrain from cutting program funding. The channel already features 40 videos that have been viewed close to 800 times.
  • NMCLP Commented on State 1115 Demonstration Waiver Request

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    NMCLP submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to New Mexico’s Centennial Care Section 1115 Demonstration waiver request. NMCLP’s concerns focus on four categories: (1) additional co-pays and fees; (2) elimination of retroactive coverage; (3) lack of tribal consultation about mandatory managed care for Native Americans; and (4) insufficient public input. In addition, the letter requests the opportunity to schedule a formal meeting with the CMS program officer or officers responsible for the reviewing and approval of the application. On May 29, 2012 the New Mexico Human Services Department sent a letter to CMS retracting the application. In the letter the Department pledges to engage in additional tribal and public input.
  • NMCLP Published Op-Ed on Lack of Transparency in State's Changes to Medicaid Plans

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    New Mexico KidsWell advocate, Quela Robinson of New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP) published an op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal discussing how the state is privately making changes to its Medicaid plans. According to the op-ed, the state has not sought input on its planning applications or waiver documents since Summer 2011 despite the Governor's stated commitment to transparency. New federal rules went into effect on April 27th requiring states to have public hearings on such documents, but the state submitted its most recent application two days shy of the 27th.
  • NMCLP Commented on Interim Final Provisions on Agents and Brokers

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    New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP) submitted comments focused on the Interim Final provision under which states may permit agents and brokers to assist individuals in applying for advanced payments of premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions. NMCLP recommends that (1) CMS adopt stronger federal standards to define the “producer” role and ensure that consumers receive adequate information about their options for obtaining coverage information and enrolling in the plan that is right for them; (2) states opting to permit brokers to serve the “assistance” function include in their Exchange Blueprint details of any compensation arrangements the Exchange may have with  brokers and that states establish rules specifying when and how brokers must disclose conflicts of interest or financial compensation information to consumers; and (3) CMS develop standards to require brokers to provide information about plan options that is complete, unbiased, and understandable to consumers.
  • NMCLP Submitted Memo on Benefits of Implementing Express Lane Eligibility

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    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) submitted a memo to New Mexico’s Human Services Department highlighting the benefits of implementing an Express Lane Eligibility (ELE) system under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA). According to the memo, now is an opportune time for the state to adopt ELE because it would simplify the New Mexico's Medicaid enrollment systems and prepare the state for the ACA’s Medicaid expansion deadline. The memo provides an overview of how ELE functions, agencies that would benefit from the system, and examples of states that have implemented ELE systems to support SNAP and TANF programs.
  • NMCLP Released Fact Sheet on Basic Health Program

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    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) released a fact sheet that provides an overview of the Basic Health Program (BHP), how it will affect New Mexicans, and answers frequently asked questions. According to the fact sheet, if New Mexico elects to implement a BHP, (1) low-income individuals and families will have enhanced access to more affordable health coverage; (2) the state will save an estimated $2.7 million from transitioning State Coverage Insurance (SCI) enrollees to the BHP; (3) low-income families  will experience more stable and uninterrupted coverage even during income fluctuation; (4) New Mexicans will have more coverage options at a lower cost; and (5) there will be no out-of-pocket costs for Native Americans.

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