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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:59 PM

New Mexico to expand Medicaid program [View all]

Source: AP/Yahoo

"SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico will follow provisions of a federal health care law to expand the state's Medicaid program to potentially provide medical services to 170,000 low-income adults.

New Mexico will join at least 15 other states and the District of Columbia in broadening eligibility for the health care program under terms of a health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama.

Martinez made the announcement Wednesday during a speech in Albuquerque.

About a fourth of New Mexico's population currently receives health care through Medicaid, but the program mostly covers uninsured children in low-income families along with the disabled and some extremely low-income adults."

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/mexico-expand-medicaid-program-202605825.html



One small step for a GOPpie Goob, one giant leap for the people of a state with one of the largest percentages of uninsured residents in America. And yes, this story:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022148937

Probably had a lot to do with it. Thanks to EVERYONE involved. Too long a list to include everyone, but special props to Health Action New Mexico, Con Alma Health Foundation, NM Health Equity Working Group, and NM Center on Law and Poverty. And to the THOUSANDS of New Mexicans who signed petitions, showed up at rallies, sent emails and voicemails, and showed loud and clear that we care about our neighbors.

The level of chaos, incompetence, medieval outlook, and corruption in this state's power structure annoys the crap out of me almost all the time. And sometimes it's all the way to "WTF am I DOING here?" Then something like this happens and reminds me: We have some of the best, strongest, loudest-voiced, hardest-working advocates ANYWHERE, and a culture of community support and caring for each other that can overcome the Machine.

Partying down in 3...2...1...

happily,
Bright

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