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!

Legislative Advocacy

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  • New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Calls on Senators to Support CHIP Reauthorization

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty urged its members to call on Senators Heinrich and Udall to support HR 2, which proposed CHIP reauthorization for two years. The Center noted that more than 9,000 children in New Mexico relied on CHIP in 2013 and that the State could lose up to $24 million in federal funds if CHIP funding lapses.

  • NM Center on Law and Poverty Successfully Argues Case Against Human Services Department

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty prevailed in its argument before a federal judge against the state’s Human Services Department for delaying the application process and incorrectly denying or terminating Medicaid. In his ruling, the judge ordered the Department to stop disqualifying applicants from receiving benefits for any reason other than the failure to meet asset, income, or residency requirements and to stop terminating or denying benefits through its automated system.
  • NM Center on Law and Poverty Advocates for Basic Health Program Study

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) advocated for Governor Martinez to preserve funding in the state’s budget bill to study the Basic Health Program (BHP). NMCLP encouraged stakeholders to call the Governor to ensure the funding is not line-item vetoed. 

  • NM Center on Law and Poverty Advocated for Maintaining Safety Net

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty advocated for a bill to maintain county indigent funds and minimize hospital collections for patients below 200% FPL.  The legislation passed the House with a 55-10 vote and is under consideration in the Senate.

  • 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 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 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.

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