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SANTA FE – New Mexico’s Medicaid enrollment has leveled off since 2017 after years of rapid growth, but the state agency that runs the joint federal-state health care program is asking lawmakers for a 7% budget increase – or $79.8 million in additional state money – for the coming year.
The additional funding would be used mostly to cover higher hospital rates, Medicaid provider rate increases and a looming reduction in federal matching funds for states that, like New Mexico, participated in Medicaid expansion.
“I know that sounds like a ton of money,” Human Services Secretary David Scrase told members of a key legislative committee Wednesday. He said the budget request is part of a broader plan to improve access to health care services in a state with one of the nation’s highest Medicaid enrollment rates.