New Mexico Republican Governor Susana Martinez Announces State Will Move Forward with ACA Medicaid Expansion
|January 9, 2013||Posted by John Connolly under Blog, Federal, Funding, Health Financing, Insurance Exchange, Insurance Exchange News, Legislation Policy News, Legislation/Policy, Medi-Cal, Public Coverage, Public Coverage News, State||
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced Tuesday that the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will move forward in the Land of Enchantment. She becomes only the second Republican governor to support the program’s expansion to 138% of federal poverty (roughly $14,856 in 2012) since the Supreme Court made the expansion optional in its June decision regarding the law. Republican Governor Brian Sandoval has also announced that Nevada will implement the expansion. In contrast, 10 other Republican governors have indicated that their states will not implement this plank of the ACA, despite it being fully federally funded from 2014 to 2016, declining to no less than 90% federal financial support by 2020 and remaining at that level thereafter.
Martinez said that New Mexico has “an obligation to provide an adequate level of basic health care services for those most in need in our state. However, we also have an obligation to ensure our state’s financial security.”
A study from the Urban Institute and the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the Medicaid expansion would add 208,000 people to the program in New Mexico. While the state would spend $268 million for Medicaid through 2022, the federal government would contribute substantially more, $4.9 billion, to the program in New Mexico in that period.
Governors Martinez and Sandoval have also decided that their states, along with 16 others and the District of Columbia, will operate state-run health insurance Exchanges, another key component of the ACA. Seven states will operate Exchanges in partnership with the federal government, and 25 others have decided to have the federal government operate their Exchanges.
For the Huffington Post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/09/new-mexico-medicaid-expansion_n_2442640.html