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Councilors support Medicaid buy-in study

Albuquerque city councilors on Monday unanimously approved a resolution supporting state officials in their effort to develop a Medicaid buy-in plan.

The resolution, which does not have power of law but is considered a statement from councilors, was passed by a 9 to 0 vote.

Sponsored by Councilor Cynthia Borrego, city officials will send the resolution to the state Legislature and governor in support of a public option buy-in for health care coverage under the Medicaid program.

During the 2018 New Mexico Legislative session, both the House and the Senate passed memorials to commission a year-long study of possibilities for expanding health care coverage by allowing more people to buy into Medicaid.

Proponents say the plan would afford an opportunity for 50,000 underinsured Bernalillo County residents to obtain affordable health care.

But critics question the expense of such a system, as well as the expansion of government involvement in health care and how it would be funded.

Bernalillo County commissioners gave their blessing to a similar resolution last month.

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