NM confronts health-care puzzle as deadline nears

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In less than 10 months, New Mexico must be able to enroll residents in a virtual marketplace called a health exchange.

A cornerstone of the nation’s health care law, the exchange would be a one-stop shop for people hunting for health insurance. It could lower the rate of uninsured in New Mexico, where one in five residents lacks coverage.

New Mexico is one of 18 states to decide to build its own exchange thanks to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who broke ranks with many of her GOP colleagues last year when she decided to take on the project. Most but not all Republican governors have let the federal government build the marketplaces in their respective states.

Susana Martinez has loomed large in the Roundhouse during her first two years as governor. New Mexico In Depth, in partnership with the Santa Fe New Mexican and Las Cruces Sun-News, is examining what she’s done and what’s in store for the rest of her term. Today’s article about the health exchange is the fifth in a six-part series. On Saturday, we profiled Martinez. Sunday we looked at her pending decision on expanding Medicaid. Monday we looked at her work on Spaceport America and economic development. And Tuesday we looked at her push to repeal the law that lets undocumented immigrants get driver’s licenses.
Here’s what’s coming later this week:
Sunday: Limiting social promotion