New Mexico’s healthcare system is facing a crisis due to budget cuts for Medicaid. Over 875,000 people in our state get healthcare coverage through Medicaid and the program supports over 50,000 jobs in New Mexico.
Medicaid lost significant federal match funds this year – $4 for every $1 in state funding cuts – losing over $265 million in federal funds that would have gone into our economy to support patient care and thousands of jobs. Soon, the Governor and Legislature will be going into a special session to cut even more of the state budget due to revenue shortfalls.
The budget shortfalls have already cut Medicaid to the bone – resulting in lower payments to healthcare providers that are expected to cause job loss, intensify workforce shortages and make it even harder for Medicaid patients to find doctors and services. The next step will be to begin cutting Medicaid healthcare benefits and charge higher fees for low-income patients – changes that will cause people to lose coverage and reduce access to care.
The Governor and these legislators below are making critical decisions about the budget and MUST hear from you by next Thursday, September 22. Please call them today – This will only take 5 minutes. For each call, leave a short message with the Governor’s staff, the legislators or a voicemail that includes your name, phone number, and an ask to not cut Medicaid.
|Governor Martinez||(505) 476-2200|
|Rep. Larry Larrañaga||(505) 821-4948|
|Rep. Jason Harper||(505) 554-7970|
|Rep. Patricia Lundstrom||(505) 722-2980|
|Sen. John Arthur Smith||(575) 546-8546|
|Sen. Stuart Ingle||(575) 356-3088|