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2021 Capitol Report, February 4, 2021



There’s an effort in the State House to broaden the state’s Medicaid program and use funds to pay immigrants in New Mexico for coverage related to COVID-19.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:

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House Bill 13 is sponsored by District 12 Democrat, Brittney Barreras… she told the House Health and Human Services Committee this week the measure would expand emergency Medicaid coverage for immigrants and do, in her words, two simple things:

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Immigrant advocates say the New Mexico Human Services Department’s current EMSA rules do not cover COVID treatment outside of the emergency room or ICU.

Without health coverage, the costs of even out-patient COVID care can be prohibitive for many hard-working immigrants. Barreras, whose district encompassed Albuquerque’s south valley, told the House Committee immigrants are important members of our community and are on the front lines during this pandemic.

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House Bill 13 received a do-pass recommendation from the Health and Human Services Committee… the vote was eight-in-favor to one-opposed; it now moves on to the State Government, Elections and Indian Affairs panel.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge


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