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Borrowing trouble at Martinez shop

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By Hal Rhodes

Confusion and suspicion is about all the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez has managed to accomplish by refusing public access to a controversial audit of New Mexico behavioral health providers it paid to have conducted by a Boston-based firm.
As a consequence of that audit, which reportedly alleges that the state was overcharged by some $36 million, fully 15 behavioral health organizations under contract to the state to provide Medicaid-funded services to eligible New Mexicans were sent packing.
Reports have it that at least one and perhaps as many as three of those providers have subsequently been reinstated, but the bulk of the behavioral health services under Medicaid in New Mexico are now being contracted out to providers in Arizona.
The whole affair has prompted outrage from the health providers cut loose, the clients being served and their families and not a few state lawmakers.
All because no one has seen the audit, aside from Martinez, her Human Services Department functionaries, and the state Attorney General, who has inexplicably OK’d suppression of the audit.
Remarkably, at this writing, not even state Auditor Hector Balderas had been granted access to the documents.


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