During a teleconference on Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) discussed how the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could impact New Mexico.
“Seven years ago, New Mexico had one of the highest rates of people without health insurance. Tens of thousands of people couldn’t afford to see a doctor except in the hospital emergency room. They couldn’t get preventative care. Many were one major illness away from bankruptcy,” Udall said. “The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, is not perfect, but there is no question that it has helped many New Mexicans get healthcare.”
According to Udall, since congress passed the ACA in 2010, the rate of uninsured in New Mexico has dropped by 44 percent.
That figure is confirmed on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website, which also documents that since the ACA was passed, 82,000 New Mexicans have gained coverage through Medicaid. An additional 47,497 people have coverage through the marketplace. Of those, 32,703 moderate- and middle-income New Mexicans receive tax credits averaging $212 per month. An estimated 15,000 young adults in New Mexico have benefited from the ACA provision that allows them to stay on their parents’ health insurance up to age 26.