Everybody wants to save Medicaid.
It’s the goal of Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier and advocacy groups like Health Action New Mexico.
But how they go about it sounds like a TV doctor show, with surgeons squabbling over a patient lying open on the table.
A new study suggests savings in the program that covers the poor and disabled, without cutting.
First, the numbers: One in four New Mexicans relies on Medicaid.
In 2014, thanks to the president’s Affordable Care Act, the state could see 130,000 to 175,000 new enrollees, which will cost $330 million to $660 million more.
However, the federal government will pay all of that cost for the first three years and 90 percent after that.