Healthy and Safe Communities

Our communities, workforce, and economy cannot be healthy when so many New Mexico children and families lack access to a comprehensive and high-quality system of physical and behavioral health, prevention, and wellness resources. Safe and supportive communities build resilient families and a strong state.

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Medicaid under threat
Both of the bills in Congress that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act include major threats to Medicaid that go beyond deep federal funding cuts. this fact sheet looks at some of the threats at both the state and federal levels and what they would mean for New Mexicans. (Fact sheet; updated Aug. 2017) Read more
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Cuts to Medicaid will make New Mexico’s budget problems worse
Every year, as we continue to give away much-needed revenue in the form of ineffective tax cuts, New Mexico must revisit this choice: do we protect tax cuts for corporations and the rich and continue to under-fund critical services like health care and education or do we raise new revenue and invest in the programs that make New Mexico’s people and economy strong and healthy? (Fact sheet; May 2016) Read more
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HSD inefficiencies cost New Mexico money and deny eligible families food and medical assistance
For a quarter of a century New Mexico has been under a court order to improve how it processes applications for food and health care benefits. Yet it continues to be in contempt of court. This fact sheet looks at the problems and presents solutions. Produced in conjunction with the NM Center on Law and Poverty. (Fact sheet; March 2016) Read more

Recent Publications

Both of the bills in Congress that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act include major threats to Medicaid that go beyond deep federal funding cuts. this fact sheet looks at some of the threats at both the state and federal levels and what they would mean for New Mexicans. (Fact sheet; updated Aug. 2017) Read more

For more than four decades, governments have used harsh criminal punishments as the primary tool to address the possession, use, and sales of illegal substances. Complex laws and regulations have been created to penalize drug use and the possession of controlled substances. These drug laws have resulted in disparate impacts for people of color. (Policy brief; July 2917) Read more

After New Mexico expanded Medicaid to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act, enrollment increased. The state also added jobs in the health and social assistance industries. Meanwhile, cost increases to the state have been minimal. (Fact sheet; Feb. 2017) Read more

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Recent Blog Posts

September 20, 2017
New Mexico’s governor is responsible for expanding Medicaid here, and it’s had significant economic and health benefits for the state. So where is Governor Martinez on this issue? We don’t know because she hasn’t spoken up.
July 12, 2017
Diana was nervous as she spoke to the nearly 400 people gathered at our 5th annual KIDS COUNT Conference. As part of the panel discussion on women’s economic security and child well-being, Diana shared her frustration when, after a decade of working in the early education field and rising to the level of assistant director, she was still earning minimum wage. Her only raises, she said, came from changes in minimum wage laws. But this wasn’t the part of her story that I found most powerful. What really stuck with me was when she told us about having to become a single parent after surviving a domestic violence attack.
June 29, 2017
There is generally much less accountability when private companies run government programs. It becomes not only more difficult to determine just how our tax dollars are being spent, but there is also more room for subtle forms of discrimination to take place. By definition privatization means an economic focus on the use of public lands rather than a conservation and equity focus.
January 24, 2017
In reaction to the revenue shortfall that was created in large part by bad tax policy decisions, some lawmakers are looking to enact more bad policy. But sweeping up money from these special funds will endanger more than just common sense.

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Current Initiatives

A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a study to determine if a public policy may have unintended consequences on the health of a community or population. Specifically, this HIA looks at whether reinstating the gross receipts tax on food–essentially raising the cost of groceries–would negatively impact the health of New Mexico’s low-income families and, if so, whether the potential benefits of more revenue for local governments would offset such impacts.

Resources

Big Ideas: Children in the Southwest The Southwest is home to more than one-fourth of America’s children. This unique set of publications brings some of America’s most innovative thinkers together to examine the distinct needs of children in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah, and offer game-changing ideas to meet those needs. Our own Bill Jordan was tapped as a resource for this First Focus publication.