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 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.
  • 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.
  • KidsWell NM and NY Grantees Discuss ACA Affordability

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    NM & NY: Two KidsWell grantees—Sireesha Manne, staff attorney for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, and Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president for the Community Service Society (CSS)—were quoted in Stateline about the affordability of the ACA.  Manne stated, “For those with very low wages trying to raise kids, after paying for housing, electricity, food, transportation, and child care, asking people to pay another $50 or $100 a month, that’s just out of reach.”  Benjamin noted the variation in cost of living across the U.S., “What’s poor in Mississippi is different from what’s poor in New York state.  People have so little disposable income in New York City and other urban areas, but the law doesn’t do geographic indexing.”

  • NMCLP Released Resource Guide to Understanding Healthcare Reform

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) released a comprehensive resource guide providing information about the new healthcare options available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and their impact on New Mexico residents. The guide discusses: how individuals can obtain coverage through their employers, Medicare, Medicaid and the Exchange; new Medicaid and Exchange eligibility rules for children and adults; information about insurance consumer protections; the individual mandate; eligibility rules for immigrants; and the application and appeals process. The guide also provides a list of ACA and legal resources. 

    NMCLP also published brochures for individuals who are uninsured, Native Americans, and immigrant families.  

     

  • 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.
  • La Fe Research and Policy Center Held a Summit on the Future of Latino Health and the ACA

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    NCLR: An affiliate of the National Council of La Raza, La Fe Research and Policy Center, held a summit on December 13th & 14th with community, elected officials and health care advocates to discuss the Future of Latino Health and the ACA.
  • 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 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 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 Announced an Initiative to Promote Medicaid Expansion

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    NM: New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP) announced a story collection initiative to emphasize to State officials the impact of being uninsured in New Mexico and how Medicaid Expansion is a solution.

  • 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 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 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 Commented on State 1115 Demonstration Waiver Request

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    NMCLP submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to New Mexico’s Centennial Care Section 1115 Demonstration waiver request. NMCLP’s concerns focus on four categories: (1) additional co-pays and fees; (2) elimination of retroactive coverage; (3) lack of tribal consultation about mandatory managed care for Native Americans; and (4) insufficient public input. In addition, the letter requests the opportunity to schedule a formal meeting with the CMS program officer or officers responsible for the reviewing and approval of the application. On May 29, 2012 the New Mexico Human Services Department sent a letter to CMS retracting the application. In the letter the Department pledges to engage in additional tribal and public input.
  • 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 Submitted Memo on Benefits of Implementing Express Lane Eligibility

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    The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) submitted a memo to New Mexico’s Human Services Department highlighting the benefits of implementing an Express Lane Eligibility (ELE) system under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA). According to the memo, now is an opportune time for the state to adopt ELE because it would simplify the New Mexico's Medicaid enrollment systems and prepare the state for the ACA’s Medicaid expansion deadline. The memo provides an overview of how ELE functions, agencies that would benefit from the system, and examples of states that have implemented ELE systems to support SNAP and TANF programs.
  • 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.

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