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Health Care in Rural New Mexico

Many rural communities already lack adequate access to many health care services. Unfortunately, New Mexico Legislators have introduced a handful of bills that will make it even worse. We need your help! Contact your legislators about the bills below and let them know these bills take New Mexico in the wrong direction!

House Bill 122 (Health Insurance Premium Tax)  

Despite the cost of health insurance remaining as one of the most severe problems for small-business owners, House Bill 122 increases the surtax on health insurance by 275 percent. This tax will devastate small businesses by imposing a new $160 million tax on health care coverage purchased by New Mexico small-business owners, their employees, and families. An increased tax could put health care out of reach for many when they need it most. The bill is waiting to be heard on the House Floor. 
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House Bill 75 (Medical Malpractice Definitions)    

Rural communities already lack access to many healthcare services and House Bill 75 will make it even worse! It will result in fewer hospitals operating in New Mexico, lower quality healthcare available to New Mexicans, and higher-cost hospital services. This bill just passed the House Floor by a vote of 35-34.
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House Bill 203 (Health Security Planning & Design Board Act)    

House Bill 203 creates a panel charged with potentially changing New Mexico's healthcare system to a "Medicare for All" system in which private, employer-based healthcare is eliminated and New Mexicans are instead required to join a single-payer, government-run healthcare system. A government-controlled health insurance system would have unintended consequences that could force families to pay more to wait longer for worse care.
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Bills to Increase Access to Rural Health Care Services

House Bill 109 (Nurse Practitioner Changes) 
Amends the authority of nurse practitioners to dispense drugs to their patients.

House Bill 125 (Behavioral Health Practitioner Changes) 
Allows for behavioral health providers to become licensed more quickly upon moving to the state, which will increase the number of valuable members of these professions available to rural communities.

House Bill 35 (Independent Role for Nurse Anesthetists) 
Allows certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to function with full practice authority.

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