Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice-Chair Juan Sanchez III released the following statement after Agave Health Inc., an Arizona company brought in by Governor Susana Martinez after she wrongly accused New Mexico mental and behavioral health providers of fraud, announced they would be leaving the state:
“Governor Susana Martinez’ behavioral health shakeup has been unravelling since the day she wrongly accused New Mexico’s behavioral health care providers of fraud. Her efforts put the interests of corporations first and the health and well-being of New Mexicans last. It breaks my heart to know that her actions, which caused families in our state pain and suffering, could have been avoided. With leadership like this on the Republican side, it’s crucial that we elect Democratic leaders who will hold the Governor accountable for her pay-to-play tactics.”
In 2013, Governor Susana Martinez brought allegations of fraud against 15 New Mexico behavioral and mental health providers which caused a disruption of services to New Mexicans in need across the state. Earlier this year, State Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared 13 of those providers of wrongdoing, revealing the needless disruption in service caused by the administration. Agave Inc. is the third of the five Arizona companies brought in by Governor Susana Martinez to leave the state. Its departure will cause approximately 3,000 patients to lose access to health services in northern New Mexico.
The Arizona companies brought in by Governor Susana Martinez have been linked to some of the Governor’s top campaign donors suggesting a pay-to-play scandal.