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 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.
  • NMCLP Launched a Healthcare Toolkit!

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    NM: The New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP) launched a healthcare toolkit with information on health care reform, Medicaid expansion, and Health Insurance Marketplaces. 
  • NMCLP & YI Team Up to Hold Educational Sessions on the ACA

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    NMCLP & YI: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and Young Invincibles partnered with the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department in New Mexico to hold three informational sessions in June on the ACA and how it will affect families and young adults residing the county.
  • Everything but the Kitchen Sink! NMCLP Submitted Comments to HHS on Medicaid, CHIP and Exchange Proposed Rule and Single Streamlined Application Models

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) submitted comments to HHS on the Medicaid, CHIP, and Exchange Proposed Rule. NMCLP states that they are "very excited about the new forms of consumer assistance, but have serious concerns about additional cost sharing for beneficiaries." NMCLP also submitted comments to HHS on the single streamlined application federal models.
  • NM's Take at What's at Stake: Find Out What Parents and Advocates Need to Know about Health Reform in New Mexico

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    New America Media & NM: New America Media and The New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty held an ethnic media roundtable session on January 18th to discuss how the ACA works to expand coverage, what is at stake when implementing the ACA in New Mexico, how to access coverage for children, and how to advocate for health care reform.

  • 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 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 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 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 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.
  • 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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