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!

  • NMCLP Released Presentation on Medicaid Redesign Effort

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    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) released a presentation on a concept paper by the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) that announced plans for a Medicaid redesign effort.  In addition,  NMCLP drafted comments, submitted by the Medicaid Coalition, in response to the HSD concept paper and was featured in an article by the Santa Fe Reporter quoting Staff Attorney Quela Robinson regarding how the  proposed  HSD plan will affect Native American health care.
  • NMCLP Submitted Comments and Concerns on State Insurance Exchange RFP

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    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty submitted comments to New Mexico’s Human Services Department expressing concerns about the agency's Request For Proposal (RFP) soliciting bids for the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) Information Technology Eligibility, SHOP and Compare System. NMHIX will work in conjunction with ASPEN, the Department’s new eligibility and case management system for public assistance programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • NMCLP Released Presentation on Insurance Exchange and Basic Health Program's Impact on Native Americans

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    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) released a presentation focusing on key issues regarding how the Health Insurance Exchange and Basic Health Program (BHP) will impact Native Americans in the State. The key issues  for the Exchange include: (1) cost of coverage; (2) adequate provider networks; (3) quality health plans; (4) governing the Exchange; (5) outreach and enrollment; (6) consultation with tribes and urban Indians; and (7) continuity of coverage.  The presentation also detailed New Mexico's progress toward establishing an Exchange and encouraged stakeholders to reach out to the Governor, legislators, and Office of Health Care Reform.
  • NMCLP Assisted Lawmakers with Introduction of ACA Memorials

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    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty assisted lawmakers with the drafting and introduction of several ACA-related Memorials.  HM 38/SM 54 would request that the Legislative Finance Committee study a Basic Health Program (BHP) for low-income individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid.  The Memorials would also request that the Human Services Department and the New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform develop an automated enrollment system and application process capable of integrating a BHP.  HM 38 passed the House by a 51-13 margin on February 9.  In addition, HM 52/SM 67 would grant legislative oversight of the $34 million Exchange Establishment Grant.  Specifically, the measures request that the New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform report to and consult with the legislature about expenditures and activities pursuant to the grant.  SM 67 passed the Senate in a unanimous vote (36-0) on February 9.  Finally, HM 18/SM 42 request that the New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform, the Human Services Department, and the Taxation and Revenue Department implement an integrated enrollment system for Medicaid, any Health Insurance Exchange and the Basic Health Program.  Despite opposition in committee and on the floor, HM 18 passed the House by a 36-28 margin on February 9 (thanks to effective lobbying efforts from a Center attorney).
  • NMCLP Led Advocacy Efforts to Increase Medicaid Funding to Increase Enrollment of Children

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    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is spearheading advocacy efforts for a $10 million increase in Medicaid funding to enroll 10,000 additional children. They are circulating a fact sheet as part of their plan to secure funding.
  • NMCLP Sent Letter to HHS Advocating for Implementation of a Basic Health Plan

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    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty sent a letter to Secretary Sebelius on the urgent need to provide guidance regarding implementation of a BHP. The letter notes the organization’s difficulty in garnering state support for a BHP due to unresolved questions about the federal requirements, particularly around how payments to states adopting the BHP will be determined. Areas most in need of clarification include the: (1) “per enrollee” funding formula calculation; (2) interpretation of the funding formula and subsequent reconciliation; (3) BHP administrative costs; (4) flexibility of BHP implementation; and (5) BHP participation in reinsurance and risk-adjustment programs. The Center is now working with the state legislature to authorize a study of the BHP for the State.
  • NMCLP Developed Recommendations in Response to HHS' 2011 Essential Health Benefit Bulletin

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    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty developed the following recommendations in response to HHS’ December EHB bulletin: (1) meet the needs of those who will receive the EHB; (2) require a uniform set of national benefits; (3) do not provide benchmarking or other flexibility to states or health plans; (4) require comprehensive coverage of all ten statutory categories of services; (5) minimize the use of utilization management; (6) broadly include state benefit mandates; (7) implement high standards for benefit services and children’s health; (8) prevent discrimination and reduce disparities; and (9) require and transparent and inclusive process for developing EHB standards.

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