Ruling will preserve benefits for New Mexico children, families, and small businesses
June 28, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sharon Kayne, Communications Director, NM Voices for Children, 505-244-9505
ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director Veronica C. Garcia released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act:
“We are pleased that the Affordable Care Act has been upheld. New Mexico’s children and families will continue to benefit from the ACA.
“Several provisions that have gone into effect over the past two years have already improved access to health care for New Mexico’s children. Pre-existing conditions like asthma or diabetes can no longer make a child ineligible for coverage; young adults are now able to stay on their parent’s insurance plans until they are 26; and 75,000 children have benefitted from expanded access to preventive health care.
“The ACA is also good for New Mexico’s economy—creating hundreds of millions of dollars of economic activity and creating tens of thousands of jobs in the health care sector and beyond in the next several years. New revenues to the state will more than offset what New Mexico will invest to expand our Medicaid program.
“The Court’s decision means that New Mexico must move forward in creating the Exchange that will assist individuals, families, and businesses in finding health plans that are right for them. We look forward to working with the Governor, the Legislature, health care providers, and other stakeholders to make access to health care a reality for every child and family.”
New Mexico Voices for Children is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advocating for policies to improve the health and well-being of New Mexico’s children, families and communities.
2340 Alamo SE, Suite 120, Albuquerque, NM 87106-3523; 505-244-9505 (p); www.nmvoices.org