Martinez agrees to expand Medicaid

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Gov. Susana Martinez

Heath Haussamen/New Mexico In Depth

Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration recently made a temporary move to offer child-care assistance for children on a waiting list, but many say there's enough money to offer assistance to a greater number of families permanently and eliminate the need for waiting lists.

Gov. Susana Martinez announced today that she will accept an expansion of Medicaid that will provide access to the government health insurance for as many as 170,000 additional New Mexicans.

Currently, in New Mexico adults who earn up to 33 percent of the federal poverty level — or just under $3,700 a year — are covered under Medicaid. The expansion means individuals earning between that and $15,400 – 138 percent of the federal poverty level – would qualify.

Martinez’s announcement has been much anticipated and comes days after New Mexico In Depth’s Deborah Busemeyer took a look at what Medicaid expansion would mean for New Mexico.

The governor said in a news release that her decision “comes down to what is best for New Mexicans.”

“We have an obligation to provide an adequate level of basic health-care services for those most in need in our state,” Martinez said.

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