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 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.
  • 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 Published ACA Materials for Educational Trainings and Presentations

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    NM: The New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP) developed materials promoting the ACA and Medicaid expansion that have been widely distributed during trainings and presentations around the state. NMCLP is also using the materials to educate New Mexico’s Native American Communities on the ACA and how they will be affected. NMCLP has presented the training – Making Medicaid Work for Tribes: What Tribal Officials and Healthcare Workforce Need to Know –to 19 pueblos and two Apache tribes.
  • NMCLP Released Handouts on Employer Coverage, the Exchange, and Medicaid Expansion

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) released three, one-page handouts that provide information on (1) employer coverage; (2) the Health Insurance Exchange; and (3) Medicaid Expansion. The handouts are also available in Spanish.  
  • 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.
  • On Air! NMCLP Featured on MomsRising's Radio Podcast!

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    MomsRising & NM: MomsRising provided information to KidsWell Grantees about their Radio Podcast page on iTunes which publishes a weekly podcast.  The podcasts are hosted by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, MomsRising’s CEO & co-founder, and features discussions with experts, celebrities, elected leaders, and organizations, including Kim Posich of the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (see episode #37)!

  • 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 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 Provided Data Points on Medicaid Expansion

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    NM: New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty was highlighted in El Grito de Nuevo Mexico providing data points as to why Medicaid Expansion is critical to the state.  
  • NMCLP Staff Attorney Commented on Importance of Public Input into Medicaid Redesign

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    New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty's (NMCLP) Staff Attorney Quela Robinson published an op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal discussing the importance of public input on the state’s proposed Medicaid redesign plan.  The New Mexico Human Services Department (NMHSD) originally submitted a request to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), without providing an opportunity for public input, that would impose co-payments for emergency room visits and eliminate retroactive coverage for individuals who become eligible for Medicaid. NMHSD recently withdrew its proposal from CMS to allow for public input. NMCLP also issued talking points and a request for individuals to attend HSD’s public comment session focusing on the Medicaid redesign plan held on June 26th.
  • NMCLP Launched YouTube Channel Featuring State Medicaid Beneficiaries' Personal Stories

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    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) recently launched a YouTube Channel, “Health4NM,” that will feature state Medicaid beneficiaries’ experiences with Medicaid and messages to Governor Susana Martinez encouraging her to refrain from cutting program funding. The channel already features 40 videos that have been viewed close to 800 times.
  • 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.
  • NMCLP Released Presentation on Medicaid Redesign Effort

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    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) released a presentation on a concept paper by the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) that announced plans for a Medicaid redesign effort.  In addition,  NMCLP drafted comments, submitted by the Medicaid Coalition, in response to the HSD concept paper and was featured in an article by the Santa Fe Reporter quoting Staff Attorney Quela Robinson regarding how the  proposed  HSD plan will affect Native American health care.

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