SANTA FE – New Mexico’s Democratic-led Legislature is embarking on a financial study of how it might provide direct access to health care to almost every resident in the state after more than a decade of weighing options for universal medical insurance.
New Mexico cut the uninsured rate roughly in half since expanding Medicaid in 2014 to more people on the cusp of poverty. Enrollment leveled off in recent years with about 10% of the population still uninsured.
The new fiscal study was funded this year by the Legislature amid repeatedly stalled proposals to develop a system for near-universal health care coverage.
The policy arm of the Legislature has awarded a roughly $390,000 contract for studying the issue to Maryland-based KNG Health Consulting, IHS Markit of London and Albuquerque-based researcher Lee Reynis. Architects of the study collected public comments Wednesday at a meeting in Albuquerque.