Action Alert: Health Security Act needs your help

Guest blog from Josette Haddad – the Health Security for NM Campaign Communications Coordinator

The Health Security Act – HB 101 – is on the floor of the house and the vote for final passage will be taken tomorrow (Friday, February 24).  The votes are tight so we need people to call their legislators now!! With the Affordable Care Act’s future in question, it is more important than ever for New Mexico to pass the Health Security Act (HB 101), which would create a New Mexico health plan that automatically covers almost all residents, provides freedom of choice of health care provider, including across state lines, and shifts private insurance to a supplemental role. We need your help so the bill can then move on to the senate. Please call your representative about this important legislation. Ask your friends, your family members, and others around the state to call their representatives too.

Save My Care – On The Move Through New Mexico

The Save My Care Bus Tour visited Albuquerque and Las Cruces on Wednesday. Faith leaders and other community members stood in opposition of congressional Republicans and their rushed effort to take away 266,000 New Mexicans’ health care. The Save My Care Bus Tour is a two-month, cross-country tour focused on telling the stories of the more than 30 million Americans who will lose their health care under Congress’s dangerous repeal plan. Members of Health Action New Mexico, AFSCME, ProgressNow New Mexico, New Mexico Voices, the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, AARP, SEIU, and Interfaith Worker Justice rallied to stand against Congressional Republicans’ plan to take health care away from 266,000 New Mexicans, in both Las Cruces and Albuquerque. At the respective  events, health care advocates, religious leaders, and community members who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act shared their stories and urged Congress to protect affordable, quality health care.

Udall to vote against Trump’s HHS nominee (the architect of the Obamacare repeal)

New Mexico’s Senators are making their opposition to President Trump’s most extreme nominees known. Today, Sen. Udall announced his opposition to Trump’s nominee to head the Dept. of Health and Human Services who will be the chief architect of the repeal of Obamacare. Read More:
ProgressNowNM’s coverage of Trump’s nominees and Sen. Heinrich & Udall
NM Political Report: How New Mexico’s U.S. Senators voted on Trump’s nominees

From Udall:

Udall to Vote Against Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Udall released the following statement:

“During his long career in Congress and in his testimony before the Senate, Congressman Tom Price has been relentlessly committed to a radical agenda that would strip health coverage from hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans and millions of Americans.

A Recap – Progressive Action Summit 2017

Red River, and Raton, and Farmington, and Hobbs, oh my! People came from near and far on January 7th, for ProgressNow NM’s first ever, Progressive Action Summit. The Summit was a jam packed day of exactly that – action. If you weren’t able to be with us, you might be wondering what happened:

22 Community Organizations: delivered presentations, workshops or panels, concerning and or addressing current and or proposed legislation, while gathering awareness and support around their issue. 22 Elected Officials: gave time out of their day to participate, present, engage with and respond to citizens and leaders from our communities.

Obamacare repeal puts more than 10,000 NM jobs and family incomes at risk

New Mexico added more than 10,000 healthcare jobs since the passage of Obamacare in December, 2009.  As a new Republican majority maneuvers to fast-track the reckless repeal of that law without any plan for replacement, many of those workers and the families who depend on them are growing worried about the future of their families as well as their patients. The State of the Workforce
In the State’s annual “State of the Workforce: 2016” report, New Mexico’s Department of Workforce Solutions, which tracks New Mexico’s workforce, reports that, “the health care and social assistance industry made up the largest share of the New Mexico workforce (16.3 percent), and this industry added 9,746 jobs between 2009 and 2014.” “New Mexico’s Star Occupations—those that are projected to grow quickly, provide substantial job openings, and pay higher wages—include 11 education or health care-related occupations and six management or computer and mathematical occupations (out of 28 total Star Occupations. The occupations on the list span nearly every required education level, although 22 require more than a high school diploma or equivalent certificate. After more than a year of debate, Obamacare passed Congress in 2009 and healthcare companies began ramping up to prepare for the influx of new patients and more comprehensive care for those already covered.