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Legislative Session 2014: Take Action on Bills that Impact South Valley Families

The 2014 Session ends on February 20th – with many bills, memorials and resolutions that will impact South Valley families if passed. Information about a few bills that you may want to take action on are listed below. All state legislators can be reached through the legislative switchboard at 505-986-4300, and their email addresses can be found at the legislative website.  Please check our website for updates on the legislation below:


SB58 - Community Health Workers Act – SUPPORT- would create a voluntary certification process for community health workers and a board to govern the implementation and oversight of the certification process.  Medicaid providers would be able to seek reimbursement from the Medicaid program for services provided by certified community health workers in both clinical settings and within communities. This bill passed the Senate unanimously and has passed House Health, Government & Indian Affairs Committees. SB 58 is scheduled to be heard in House Judiciary Committee on 2/17. Contact committee members at 986-4300 to urge support


SJR20-Reduce Extension of Credit Interest Rate – SUPPORT- would amend the state constitution to cap annual interest and lending fees at a 36% maximum for payday, title, installment and other lenders.  This resolution is scheduled to be heard in Senate Rules Committee on 2/17 and will be heard next in Senate Judiciary if passed out of Rules.  Please contact committee members at 986-4300 to urge support. If this resolution passes the Senate and the House, it will go to the voters in the November 2014 general election for consideration.


HM 12 - Community Health Specialists Task Force - SUPPORT - requests that UNM Health Sciences Center convene a task force to study the potential of using community health specialists to meet unmet health needs in the state.  The memorial passed the House unanimously. No further action is required during the Legislative Session.


HM 66 - Report Health Care Coverage Data - SUPPORT -  requests the HSD, NM Health Insurance Exchange and the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance to provide monthly reports in print and on the Internet.  The requested data would include both high-level and detailed eligibility and enrollment indicators for Medicaid and HIX coverage, such as number of applications, reasons for disenrollment, and access to preventive services; and would be reported by income level, race/ethnicity, gender, age bracket and zip code.  The bill will be heard on the House floor on 2/17.  Please contact your Representative at 986-4300 to encourage support for this memorial.

SB 268- Sole Community Provider Federal Compliance – SUPPORT – this is a bill that re-writes the Indigent Care Act to provide 1/16 of gross receipts tax revenue for a new Medicaid fund and preserves the other 1/16 to use for indigent care. It amends the Indigent Care Act to give counties more flexibility with how they provide indigent care, and makes necessary changes to eliminate payments into the Sole Community Provider fund – which no longer exists following federal changes.  This bill has passed out of the Senate with amendments: counties will pay a 1/12 GRT increment, hospital financial assistance policies and NO collections for indigent patients, premium assistance and help with out-of-pocket costs.  This bill will be assigned to House committees on 2/17.

HB 81- NM Grown Fresh Produce for School Meals - SUPPORT - this bill appropriates $1.4 million to school districts and charter schools to purchase NM grown fresh fruits and vegetables for school meals.  House Appropriations and Finance Committee  included $240,000 in the General Appropriations Act - HB2 - the bill that was tabled on the House Floor.   An amended version of HB2 will be sent to the House Floor.


HB 188 – County Hospital Funding Property Tax – OPPOSE - this reduces the Bernalillo County mill levy from 6.5 mills to 1.0 mills. The mill levy supports indigent care (charity care) for Bernalillo County residents at UNM Hospital. The bill will be heard next in House Taxation and Revenue committee.  Please contact committee members at 986-4300 to urge opposition.

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