The Affordable Care Act in New Mexico: Medicaid and Community Health Centers

The Affordable Care Act is working for millions of New Mexicans. New Mexico is one of 26 states that chose to expand Medicaid coverage to all adults with incomes below 133% of the federal poverty line (around$32,000 for a family of four) and in return will receive 100 percent of federal funding to cover those costs for the first three years and no less than 90 percent federal support for those costs in the years following.

Medicaid expansion will increase the amount of federal funds that New Mexico will receive. According to a new study by the Commonwealth Fund, New Mexico will see $732 million dollars in federal funds for Medicaid expansion in 2022 -almost double the amount of federal highway transportation funds – which will be approximately $472 million dollars. And, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, states are likely to see net savings from expanding Medicaid and offsetting the costs of uncompensated care.

In addition, the Affordable Care Act is providing $97,954,000 of federal funds to strengthen and expand Health Care Centers in New Mexico, which provide primary and preventive care for some of our most vulnerable populations. Last year community health centers provided care to over 21 million patients across the country and treated approximately 284,000 people in New Mexico.

Sam Bregman, Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) said, “The Affordable Care Act is allowing us to take better care of New Mexicans. Medicaid expansion in New Mexico guarantees that an extra 96,000 people have access to quality, affordable healthcare; and the $97 million dollars in federal funds that the ACA is providing will help expand the care and support that Community Health Centers already provide to thousands of New Mexicans.

Republicans across the country need to stop the political games and put the well-being of the American people first. The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion are good for our country.”