"The state also must decide whether to expand eligibility of Medicaid to potentially provide health care to nearly 170,000 low-income residents by 2020."
That tidbit, buried in a story about how New Mexico' will work out the new insurance regulatory regime recently approved by voters, refers to a part of Obamacare by which the federal government reimburses almost 100 percent of the cost to states who take advantage of a Medicaid expansion. It's a very inexpensive way for the state to provide health care to the poorest of the poor.
It's one of those things that Republican governors in red states are refusing to implement. Unlike them, New Mexico's Republican governor Susana Martinez has gone along with creating the insurance exchange by which people can shop for Obamacare online, but don't let her get away with not implementing the Medicaid expansion here.
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Our federal legislative delegation should be making sure the public and state and local lawmakers are educated about this and other aspects of Obamacare which, except for this one little thing put out by retiring Sen. Jeff Bingamon's office in his October email, I haven't seen them do.