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!

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  • 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 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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