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Capitol Report – January 19, 2024

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Improving New Mexico’s health care system is a priority for the Governor during this year’s legislative session.

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This is Jason Espinoza with today’s capitol report.

In Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s State of the State Address and Executive Budget Recommendation investments in health care remain a priority for the 30-day legislative session.

The Governor told legislators that she will be requesting another $100 million dollars for the Rural Health Care Delivery Fund, which offers funding to support rural healthcare facilities and providers in New Mexico, allowing for the ability to increase access to services such a primary care, maternal/child health, and more.

Additionally, the Governor noted she will be requesting additional Medicaid funding so that providers can meet growing demands. Specifically, the Executive Recommendation includes $87.9 million for Medicaid provider rate increases to keep up with federal guidelines and to make New Mexico a more attractive place for Medicaid providers to practice.

The Executive Recommendation also includes a $2 million increase in recurring funding to the Aging and Long-Term Services Department for the New MexiCare program. According to the Executive Branch these “increased commitment ensures seniors receive the comprehensive and compassionate care they deserve.” They also recommend $4 million in recurring funding for the Area Agencies on Aging to increase salaries to $15/hour and facilitate senior services such as adult day care, senior centers, and family caregiver support available to seniors.

For the New Mexico New Network, I’m Jason Espinoza

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