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This is the second — somewhat delayed — column on Medicaid. This column discusses Medicaid’s future in New Mexico. The June 28 PPACA decision by the Supreme Court makes the Medicaid issue even more timely and important.
Let’s start with a review of Medicaid’s importance and its basic structure. Medicaid matters for two major reasons.
First, it provides about 560,000 New Mexicans with health coverage. Second, health care is the fastest growing part of New Mexico’s budget and Medicaid funding is the largest component of that item.
Medicaid’s basic structure is a state administered/federally supported partnership. The federal government pays about 75 percent of New Mexico’s Medicaid costs and establishes basic enrollee eligibility and services. States can expand both eligibility and services within limits. New Mexico has expanded both eligibility and services.
Major national Medicaid issues are also New Mexico’s issues.
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