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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  • 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.
  • New Mexico's Saying, 'Hey, CCIIO – Here's Our Take on New Mexico’s Exchange Blueprint'

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty drafted comments to CCIIO regarding the state’s Exchange Blueprint application. 
  • NMCLP Commented on Interim Final Provisions on Agents and Brokers

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    New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP) submitted comments focused on the Interim Final provision under which states may permit agents and brokers to assist individuals in applying for advanced payments of premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions. NMCLP recommends that (1) CMS adopt stronger federal standards to define the “producer” role and ensure that consumers receive adequate information about their options for obtaining coverage information and enrolling in the plan that is right for them; (2) states opting to permit brokers to serve the “assistance” function include in their Exchange Blueprint details of any compensation arrangements the Exchange may have with  brokers and that states establish rules specifying when and how brokers must disclose conflicts of interest or financial compensation information to consumers; and (3) CMS develop standards to require brokers to provide information about plan options that is complete, unbiased, and understandable to consumers.
  • 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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