New Mexico’s proposal to revamp its Medicaid program – by charging some premiums and expanding the use of copays – drew harsh criticism during a public hearing late Monday in Albuquerque.
“I think it’s inhumane and mean-spirited,” said one man who called in to participate in the hearing by telephone.
State officials, in turn, told the audience of about 60 that the proposal would encourage patients to seek preventive services, help control costs and improve the coordination of care received by Medicaid recipients. They said they were open to making changes based on the public comments.
The proposed changes, in any case, must be approved by the federal government. They would go into effect in 2019 if approved.