Michelle Melendez

published Pathways Program Expansion Delayed by Fear in Blog 2017-03-16 17:31:33 -0600

Pathways Program Expansion Delayed by Fear

UNM Hospitals is unique in many ways.  For one, it has had the benefit of generous local property tax support for decades – a taxpayer subsidy that is not common across the country, even among public hospitals. This support helped buoy the hospital through extremely tough times prior to ObamaCare, when emergency rooms across the country were closing under the pressure of too many uninsured patients.

UNM Hospitals and Health Sciences Center is also unique in its approach to community health – through the Pathways to a Healthier Bernalillo County Program. Nowhere else in the nation does a public, academic hospital partner with so many trusted, community-based organizations to address the social needs of the county’s most vulnerable residents before they end up in the ER.

Now that the GOP's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare raises the spectre of 14 million Americans losing their insurance coverage next year, UNM Hospitals is reticent to commit to continue supporting the Pathways partnership.

However, reacting with such alarmism is like cutting off your nose to spite your face. Prevention is needed now more than ever.