Social Media Action

Social Media Actions to expose and fight latest ACA repeal ideas

Despite overwhelming opposition – from patients, healthcare providers, and advocates, Governor Martinez and the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD)are moving forward with their plan to cut the Medicaid plan (aka Centennial Care 2.0) for over 800,000 New Mexicans. Their plan includes several alarming changes to cut Medicaid that would be harmful and costly to our families and the State of New Mexico – by reducing health benefits and making it more likely that people will lose Medicaid coverage. Disrupting healthcare coverage will drive our families into further financial hardships and poverty, while also risking significant federal matching funds for Medicaid.

October 16th – Santa Fe – 1:00-4pm – Garrey Carruthers State Library (1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM);

October 18th – Las Vegas – 1:30-3pm – Highlands University – Student Union Building (800 National Ave, Las Vegas, NM)

October 30th – Albuquerque – 5:30-7:30pm – National Hispanic Cultural Center – Bank of America Theatre (1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM)

If you cannot attend one of the hearings, HSD will also accept written comments at HSD-PublicComment@state.nm.usWritten comments are due no later than 8pm on Monday, October 30th.

You can also call into the October 18 hearing from 1:30 to 3:00 pm! Call 1-888-850-4523, participant code: 323675#.

You don’t need to be an expert, just tell HSD what Medicaid means to you and your family. Or, speak out as a person of faith, you can say something like:

  • As people of faith, we envision a society where each person is afforded health, wholeness and human dignity. OR
  • All individuals, regardless of their age, income, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, geography, employment status, or health status, deserve equal access to quality, affordable, inclusive and accountable health care. Reducing health care options for some based on any of these factors is profoundly unjust. OR
  • The social safety net and its key components, including health care, must be maintained to reflect our shared commitment to protecting vulnerable populations. OR
  • Concern for the most vulnerable in our community, particularly low-income women, men and children and people with disabilities, is at the heart of our sacred texts and an affirmation of our common humanity. OR
  • Caring for our elders and treating them with dignity demonstrates the value we place on our enduring responsibility to enable all persons to live out the fullness of their days.

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13 Responses to Social Media Action

  1. Jeanette Howard says:

    There are enough challenges in New Mexico regarding basic needs of every citizen here already. Healthcare, public education, housing, nutrition, eldercare, public transportation, and homelessness to name a few serious issues. Any financial cuts to an already precarious healthcare situation is morally and ethically disgraceful.

  2. Diana Koster says:

    Having spent most of my professional career caring for lower income women, I know how vital Medicaid is to many New Mexicans. It is morally wrong as well as financially irrational to cut funding to provide basic health care to New Mexicans. Do not cut Medicaid! Improve, expand it, take better care of more of our population. No cuts!!

  3. Natalie says:

    As so clinical social worker for 19 years, I can honestly say that the access to medical and behavioral health services by the impoverished and the mentally in the past few years has positively impacted their lives. It would be unethical to remove it. This population has better access to services that they desperately need.

  4. Betsey Swan says:

    I am writing in opposition to the proposed changes to the Medicaid Plan, which would cut or otherwise restrict health care coverage to over 800,000 of the most vulnerable New Mexicans. The proposed plan is not only morally indefensible; it also is counterproductive to the State’s goals of improving children’s educational outcomes and overcoming its abysmal economic performance since the 2008 recession.

    Especially harmful to residents will be the proposals to:
    • Charge premiums for certain recipients, including children. If enacted this change may force parents to choose between food and healthcare. Children cannot succeed in school when their nutritional and/or healthcare needs remain unmet;
    • End retroactive coverage for 3 months prior to application for benefits. This change will affect both Medicaid recipients, further endangering their already tenuous economic stability, and providers, especially those in underserved rural communities, who may see cuts in revenues crucial to their economic viability;
    • End transitional coverage as families move into employment. The barriers that families face as they attempt to move out of poverty are legion. By ending programs such as transitional Medicaid assistance, the State runs the risk that movement toward economic self-sufficiency will be doomed to failure, harming both those who are unsuccessful in their attempts to move forward and the long-term health of the State’s economy.

  5. Juliette Cunico says:

    All individuals, regardless of their age, income, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, geography, employment status, or health status, deserve equal access to quality, affordable, inclusive and accountable health care. Reducing health care options for some based on any of these factors is profoundly unjust. Don’t cut Medicaid!

  6. B. Thomas Diener says:

    Please do NOT cut Medicaid because my older brother (who is mildly developmentally disabled) needs it the rest of his life. So
    do other handicapped and low-income people.

  7. Jan Thompson says:

    Cuts to medicaid results in loss of jobs because hospitals and nursing homes depend on medicaid payments to stay in business . . . especially in rural areas. Please do not make cuts to medicaid. We all lose when the population in our state is not healthy. Frankly, I believe health care is a human right and the government should provide it for everyone through increased taxes. It is a common good that other nations are proud to provide for their residents.

  8. The more social income needy people receive the more money that goes right back into the economy adding substantial tax dollars. When you increase additional burdens on the poor, needy and working class, you inadvertently drive to measures of survival which may include some types of petty crimes costing the Government even more money. Plus, it is immoral.

  9. Karen Levins says:

    Please don’t cut Medicaid!

  10. Gregory Corning says:

    Let’s keep Medicaid funding in place. It is the morally better way to go in this case. Do not cut Medicaid. Thank you.

  11. Marcia Rosenstein says:

    Don’t touch Medicaid. My adult children depend on it and they have several health issues.

  12. Caryn Wagner says:

    We work in an office that sees many patients with Medicaid. If you want to save money on Medicaid, start with early intervention during pregnancy, infancy and childhood along with family counseling services, and you will not only see the Medicaid roles drop but prison incarceration will decline saving millions of dollars more. Why must we always wait until there’s a cost burdening crisis rather than putting much less money on the front end? This is the only way to keep a civil and healthy society rather than throwing money at the problems that keep increasing due to societal neglect.

  13. Peg Borchardt says:

    There are enough challenges in New Mexico regarding basic needs of every citizen here already. Healthcare, public education, housing, nutrition, eldercare, public transportation, and homelessness to name a few serious issues. Any financial cuts to an already precarious healthcare situation is morally and ethically disgraceful.

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