Bernalillo County Health Safety Net Campaign
Juntos para la Salud / Together for Health

Group and Organization Support Statement

We support the Bernalillo County Health Safety Net Campaign - Juntos para la Salud / Together for Health: 

WHEREAS, Bernalillo County voters support a “mill levy” tax to provide health care through hospital and clinics services to indigent county residents, and

WHEREAS, UNM Hospital currently operates an indigent care program (UNM Care) with public funds that benefits approximately 27,000 county residents, and

WHEREAS, under the Affordable Care Act most people who use UNM Care will be eligible for coverage through Medicaid or the Health Insurance Exchange in 2014, and

WHEREAS, under the Affordable Care Act, public hospitals like UNM Hospital are required to continue serving as a community safety net health care service provider, and

WHEREAS, tens of thousands of low-income county residents cannot afford health insurance or do not qualify for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and

WHEREAS, UNM Hospital has a practice of sending patients known to be indigent to collections – receiving less than 5% return and causing undo distress for patients, and

WHEREAS, UNM Hospital proposes to use indigent care funds to support only those county residents who have purchased a certain type of health insurance plan starting in 2014.

THEREFORE, we publicly support a county indigent care program that assures affordable healthcare to all Bernalillo County residents under 200% of the federal poverty level, refers no indigent patient to collections, and includes a meaningful public planning process in decision-making about the county health safety net.  We join Centro Savila, East Central Ministries (One Hope Centro de Vida), EleValle, South Valley Healthy Communities Collaborative, New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty, Partnership for Community Action, VIDA in Healthcare and others in endorsing the Bernalillo County Health Safety Net Campaign - Juntos para la Salud.

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signed 2016-08-04 07:22:44 -0600
signed 2015-07-02 11:27:38 -0600
El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos
signed 2015-06-07 12:18:33 -0600
signed 2015-03-13 09:17:56 -0600
Native Health Initiative
signed 2015-02-05 14:54:52 -0700
signed 2014-10-13 19:31:45 -0600
signed 2014-06-16 09:38:52 -0600
Enlace Comunitario
signed 2014-05-14 14:51:28 -0600
signed 2014-05-13 10:56:10 -0600
Roman Gurrola
signed 2014-04-21 08:05:00 -0600
Health Care for All Campaign
signed 2014-04-14 18:17:36 -0600
AFSCME Council 18
signed 2014-04-03 12:39:04 -0600
Community Engagement Center (CEC)

Project for New Mexico Student of Color (PNMGC)
signed 2014-03-28 16:05:25 -0600
Granja Para Manana
signed 2014-03-24 11:35:43 -0600
NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
signed 2014-03-21 08:42:44 -0600
New Mexico Immigrant Law Center
signed 2014-03-20 15:02:06 -0600
NM Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
signed 2014-03-20 12:46:05 -0600
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
signed 2014-03-20 11:00:37 -0600
Agri-Cultura Network
signed 2014-03-13 11:24:27 -0600
Southwest Women’s Law Center
signed 2014-03-04 05:52:47 -0700
UNM Community Engagement Center
signed 2014-02-27 16:15:16 -0700
signed 2014-02-13 12:06:32 -0700
Central New Mexico Labor Council
signed 2014-02-13 12:02:16 -0700
Native American Voters Alliance
signed 2014-01-30 20:55:14 -0700
The New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community
signed 2014-01-30 20:53:26 -0700
New Mexico Health Equity Working Group
signed 2014-01-30 20:51:48 -0700
Bernalillo County Place Matters
signed 2014-01-28 14:14:48 -0700
Gray Panthers of Greater Albuquerque
signed 2014-01-23 10:54:42 -0700
Communication Workers of America Local 7076
signed 2014-01-22 13:58:07 -0700
La Plazita Institute
signed 2014-01-22 13:56:22 -0700
District 1199, National Union of Hospital & Health Care Employees
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