Santa Fe, NM– In recent weeks, reports have arisen that hospitals in New Mexico are reducing the hours and pay of some of their employees. The move is a direct result of the Governor’s order to pause elective surgeries and restrict patient care in order to free up space for COVID-19 patients. The intentions of the executive order are well-intended to curb the spread, and prevent an overburdening of the healthcare system in the state. However, the policy is placing serious financial burdens on rural New Mexico hospitals, leading some to consider or implement fiscal policies that put hospital systems and their employees in financial risk.
SANTA FE – After a two-hour long delay and a hearing marred by technical difficulties and limited public participation, the “virtual” Senate Health and Public