New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP)

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) is dedicated to advancing economic and social justice through education, advocacy and litigation. NMCLP works with low-income New Mexicans to improve living conditions, increase opportunities and protect the rights of people living in poverty. NMCLP’s approach is to focus on areas that present the greatest opportunity for systemic improvements. NMCLP is dedicated to advancing access to health care coverage for low-income New Mexicans, especially children, through education, advocacy and litigation. See below for more information about NMCLP’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Calls on Senators to Support CHIP Reauthorization

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty urged its members to call on Senators Heinrich and Udall to support HR 2, which proposed CHIP reauthorization for two years. The Center noted that more than 9,000 children in New Mexico relied on CHIP in 2013 and that the State could lose up to $24 million in federal funds if CHIP funding lapses.

  • NM Center on Law and Poverty Releases Report on Enrollment Barriers

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and the Southwest Women’s Law Center co-authored a report  about the launch of New Mexico’s healthcare enrollment systems in October 2013.  The report highlights findings regarding enrollment barriers and makes recommendations to inform the development of a state level enrollment process with the goals of strengthening outreach, reducing enrollment barriers, increasing consumer affordability, and improving transparency on enrollment data.
  • NM Center on Law and Poverty Successfully Argues Case Against Human Services Department

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty prevailed in its argument before a federal judge against the state’s Human Services Department for delaying the application process and incorrectly denying or terminating Medicaid. In his ruling, the judge ordered the Department to stop disqualifying applicants from receiving benefits for any reason other than the failure to meet asset, income, or residency requirements and to stop terminating or denying benefits through its automated system.
  • NM Center on Law and Poverty Comments on Affordability Gap

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    NM: Sireesha Manne, an attorney for the New Mexico Center On Law and Poverty, was quoted in a Fronteras article about New Mexicans who fall into an “affordability gap”—those whose income make them ineligible for Medicaid but too little to afford Exchange coverage.  Manne spoke about the out-of-pocket costs associated with bronze plans available on the Exchange, “For a low-income family that’s making $25,000 to $30,000 a year, [$12,000 is] an extraordinary amount of money to pay out of pocket, which means that a lot of people are going to be susceptible to still having medical debt.”

  • NM Center on Law and Poverty Advocates for Basic Health Program Study

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) advocated for Governor Martinez to preserve funding in the state’s budget bill to study the Basic Health Program (BHP). NMCLP encouraged stakeholders to call the Governor to ensure the funding is not line-item vetoed. 

  • NM Center on Law and Poverty Advocated for Maintaining Safety Net

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty advocated for a bill to maintain county indigent funds and minimize hospital collections for patients below 200% FPL.  The legislation passed the House with a 55-10 vote and is under consideration in the Senate.

  • KidsWell NM and NY Grantees Discuss ACA Affordability

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    NM & NY: Two KidsWell grantees—Sireesha Manne, staff attorney for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, and Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president for the Community Service Society (CSS)—were quoted in Stateline about the affordability of the ACA.  Manne stated, “For those with very low wages trying to raise kids, after paying for housing, electricity, food, transportation, and child care, asking people to pay another $50 or $100 a month, that’s just out of reach.”  Benjamin noted the variation in cost of living across the U.S., “What’s poor in Mississippi is different from what’s poor in New York state.  People have so little disposable income in New York City and other urban areas, but the law doesn’t do geographic indexing.”

  • NMCLP Launched a Healthcare Toolkit!

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    NM: The New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP) launched a healthcare toolkit with information on health care reform, Medicaid expansion, and Health Insurance Marketplaces. 
  • NMCLP Published ACA Materials for Educational Trainings and Presentations

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    NM: The New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP) developed materials promoting the ACA and Medicaid expansion that have been widely distributed during trainings and presentations around the state. NMCLP is also using the materials to educate New Mexico’s Native American Communities on the ACA and how they will be affected. NMCLP has presented the training – Making Medicaid Work for Tribes: What Tribal Officials and Healthcare Workforce Need to Know –to 19 pueblos and two Apache tribes.
  • NMCLP Released Handouts on Employer Coverage, the Exchange, and Medicaid Expansion

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) released three, one-page handouts that provide information on (1) employer coverage; (2) the Health Insurance Exchange; and (3) Medicaid Expansion. The handouts are also available in Spanish.  
  • NMCLP Released Resource Guide to Understanding Healthcare Reform

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) released a comprehensive resource guide providing information about the new healthcare options available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and their impact on New Mexico residents. The guide discusses: how individuals can obtain coverage through their employers, Medicare, Medicaid and the Exchange; new Medicaid and Exchange eligibility rules for children and adults; information about insurance consumer protections; the individual mandate; eligibility rules for immigrants; and the application and appeals process. The guide also provides a list of ACA and legal resources. 

    NMCLP also published brochures for individuals who are uninsured, Native Americans, and immigrant families.  

     

  • NMCLP & YI Team Up to Hold Educational Sessions on the ACA

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    NMCLP & YI: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and Young Invincibles partnered with the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department in New Mexico to hold three informational sessions in June on the ACA and how it will affect families and young adults residing the county.
  • NMCLP Submit Comments on QHP Submission Guidelines

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty submitted comments to the New Mexico Division of Insurance in response to proposed Qualified Health Plan submission guidelines that were released in March 2013.
  • Read All About it! NMCLP Published Uninsured and Medicaid Application Fact Sheets for New Mexicans

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    NM: The New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty published a fact sheet – How Will the New Healthcare Reform Law Affect Me? – outlining how more than 400,000 uninsured adults could receive coverage from Medicaid Expansion and Health Insurance Exchanges (available in Spanish). In addition, NMCLP also released a New Mexico Medicaid Application Checklist that walks through a four step process to help individuals and families determine eligibility and begin the enrollment process (available in Spanish).

  • On Air! NMCLP Featured on MomsRising's Radio Podcast!

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    MomsRising & NM: MomsRising provided information to KidsWell Grantees about their Radio Podcast page on iTunes which publishes a weekly podcast.  The podcasts are hosted by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, MomsRising’s CEO & co-founder, and features discussions with experts, celebrities, elected leaders, and organizations, including Kim Posich of the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (see episode #37)!

  • Everything but the Kitchen Sink! NMCLP Submitted Comments to HHS on Medicaid, CHIP and Exchange Proposed Rule and Single Streamlined Application Models

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) submitted comments to HHS on the Medicaid, CHIP, and Exchange Proposed Rule. NMCLP states that they are "very excited about the new forms of consumer assistance, but have serious concerns about additional cost sharing for beneficiaries." NMCLP also submitted comments to HHS on the single streamlined application federal models.
  • Thanks, Governor Martinez for Expanding Medicaid in New Mexico! Check out KidsWell New Mexico's Thank You Letter Here

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    NMCLP and Café, in collaboration with MomsRising, sent a thank you letter to Governor Martinez.
  • New Mexico's Saying, 'Hey, CCIIO – Here's Our Take on New Mexico’s Exchange Blueprint'

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty drafted comments to CCIIO regarding the state’s Exchange Blueprint application. 
  • NM's Take at What's at Stake: Find Out What Parents and Advocates Need to Know about Health Reform in New Mexico

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    New America Media & NM: New America Media and The New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty held an ethnic media roundtable session on January 18th to discuss how the ACA works to expand coverage, what is at stake when implementing the ACA in New Mexico, how to access coverage for children, and how to advocate for health care reform.

  • Can a Basic Health Plan Solve the Coverage Affordability Problem in New Mexico? New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty's New Report Gives Us the Scoop!

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty issued a report, at the request of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, providing an overview and recommendations on a BHP.

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