The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty assisted lawmakers with the drafting and introduction of several ACA-related Memorials. HM 38
would request that the Legislative Finance Committee study a Basic Health Program (BHP) for low-income individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid. The Memorials would also request that the Human Services Department and the New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform develop an automated enrollment system and application process capable of integrating a BHP. HM 38 passed the House by a 51-13 margin on February 9. In addition, HM 52
would grant legislative oversight of the $34 million Exchange Establishment Grant. Specifically, the measures request that the New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform report to and consult with the legislature about expenditures and activities pursuant to the grant. SM 67 passed the Senate in a unanimous vote (36-0) on February 9. Finally, HM 18
request that the New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform, the Human Services Department, and the Taxation and Revenue Department implement an integrated enrollment system for Medicaid, any Health Insurance Exchange and the Basic Health Program. Despite opposition in committee and on the floor, HM 18 passed the House by a 36-28 margin on February 9 (thanks to effective lobbying efforts from a Center attorney).