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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  • 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 Releases Report on Enrollment Barriers

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and the Southwest Women’s Law Center co-authored a report  about the launch of New Mexico’s healthcare enrollment systems in October 2013.  The report highlights findings regarding enrollment barriers and makes recommendations to inform the development of a state level enrollment process with the goals of strengthening outreach, reducing enrollment barriers, increasing consumer affordability, and improving transparency on enrollment data.
  • NM Center on Law and Poverty Comments on Affordability Gap

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    NM: Sireesha Manne, an attorney for the New Mexico Center On Law and Poverty, was quoted in a Fronteras article about New Mexicans who fall into an “affordability gap”—those whose income make them ineligible for Medicaid but too little to afford Exchange coverage.  Manne spoke about the out-of-pocket costs associated with bronze plans available on the Exchange, “For a low-income family that’s making $25,000 to $30,000 a year, [$12,000 is] an extraordinary amount of money to pay out of pocket, which means that a lot of people are going to be susceptible to still having medical debt.”

  • 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.

  • KidsWell NM and NY Grantees Discuss ACA Affordability

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    NM & NY: Two KidsWell grantees—Sireesha Manne, staff attorney for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, and Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president for the Community Service Society (CSS)—were quoted in Stateline about the affordability of the ACA.  Manne stated, “For those with very low wages trying to raise kids, after paying for housing, electricity, food, transportation, and child care, asking people to pay another $50 or $100 a month, that’s just out of reach.”  Benjamin noted the variation in cost of living across the U.S., “What’s poor in Mississippi is different from what’s poor in New York state.  People have so little disposable income in New York City and other urban areas, but the law doesn’t do geographic indexing.”

  • 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.

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