We work to advance quality healthcare for all New Mexican children and families.
Healthcare coverage provides medical care and financial security to New Mexico’s children and families. Our state once had the second highest rate of uninsured people in the country, leaving over 400,000 residents without access to care and exposed to medical debt and bankruptcy. Due to healthcare reform at the national level and rigorous policy advocacy at the local level, the state expanded Medicaid eligibility and increased coverage significantly since 2010.
The Center focuses on advancing quality healthcare for children and families, including for immigrant and Native American communities who have faced specific barriers to coverage. We advocate for policy changes that expand healthcare programs like Medicaid, and improve their administration. We also work to ensure that there is a strong healthcare safety net through hospital and county programs for individuals who still cannot access health insurance. When necessary, we litigate to protect the rights of New Mexican children and families.
The Center works to ensure our communities know about healthcare options and how to apply.
With over 1 in 3 New Mexicans relying on Medicaid for their healthcare, we advocate for fully funding the program, making enrollment easier, and ensuring access to services.
New Mexico’s children and youth face overwhelming obstacles to growing up healthy.
The Center promotes health equity by addressing access and affordability issues at New Mexico’s hospitals.
Please visit our resource library for more information and materials related to our healthcare work.