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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  • 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. 

  • Can a Basic Health Plan Solve the Coverage Affordability Problem in New Mexico? New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty's New Report Gives Us the Scoop!

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty issued a report, at the request of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, providing an overview and recommendations on a BHP.

  • 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 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 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 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.

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