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This is a great day for New Mexico! Today, Governor Martinez signed Senate Bill 42! The law will now require the Human Services Department (HSD) to stop terminating an individual’s Medicaid coverage when they become incarcerated. Additionally, HSD must allow unenrolled individuals to apply for Medicaid before release.

As you know, healthcare coverage is necessary for accessing mental health treatment and medical care. New Mexico now joins a list of other states where it has been shown that people who are enrolled in Medicaid are less likely to be rearrested, and more likely to participate in behavioral health treatment and other health care services than individuals without Medicaid coverage.

By implementing this law, New Mexico takes a big step forward in increasing an individual’s likelihood of successful reentry into the community.

Read the Press Release here.