Steve Pearce and President Trump agree: No healthcare for you

President Donald Trump yesterday signed an executive order aimed squarely at undermining major tenets of the Affordable Care Act after his party has repeatedly failed to pass so-called repeal and replace legislation since his term began. Trump’s actions jeopardize millions of Americans while being extremely unpopular with all but his more ardent supporters. Supporters like New Mexico’s own Steve Pearce. #ICYMI: Pearce Statement on @POTUS healthcare Executive Order:
— Steve Pearce (@RepStevePearce) October 12, 2017

Congressman Pearce’s statement blames Obamacare for “failing” without once mentioning the role he and the Republican majority in Congress have had in actively defunding it while failing to proactively replace the law with ANYTHING else. But honestly, what else could be expected from the man whose stance on healthcare in America is this:
…people should just “stay healthy until you are old enough for Medicare.”

US Supreme Court affirms Obamacare. Again.

The US Supreme Court sent a clear message to Republicans in Congress this morning: Obamacare is here to stay. Chief Justice John Roberts joined 5 other traditionally more liberal justices in upholding provisions that provide subsidies for low and middle-income Americans who seek health insurance through state-based exchanges. “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice Roberts said in the majority opinion. He was joined by Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan. Today’s decision the Supreme Court has dealt a major blow to Republican efforts to invalidate the president’s signature domestic policy achievement, to date.

New Mexico Medicaid expansion draws 13,000 applications

New Mexico Medicaid expansion draws 13,000 applications

updated Mon October 28, 2013
By Barry Massey – Associated Press

SANTA FE >> More than 13,000 New Mexicans have applied for health care services through Medicaid since enrollment opened earlier this month for an expanded program that will cover more low-income adults, according to state officials. Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration and a health care advocate consider it a good start for a state with one of the highest uninsured rates in the country. Of those who submitted applications, about 79 percent, or nearly 10,500, were found to be eligible for Medicaid through Wednesday, according to the Human Services Department. Matt Kennicott, a spokesman for the department, said the pace of Medicaid enrollment since Oct. 1 is similar to what the state typically sees each month.

The cost of not expanding Medicaid? How about $1,500 per INSURED person?

Patrick Davis, ProgressNowNMWith the ACA constitutionality thing settled, the only X-factor left for states is the expansion of Medicaid to cover those who are otherwise uninsured and making up to 133% of the poverty level.Texas recently announced that it would not do so, leaving some 25% of its population without health insurance options.  Other Republican governors, including New Mexico’s Susana Martinez have expressed reservations about using Medicaid to cover our poor and uninsured – as many as 200,000 in New Mexico who are otherwise not insurable and in the “poverty gap.”In this morning’s Albuquerque Journal [subscription required], Winthrop Quigley examines the impact for hospitals, providers and taxpayers who will still have to foot the bill if those poor and ill New Mexicans continue to delay early care and use emergency rooms for primary care.He rightly notes,”New Mexico’s hospitals have a big stake in the decision. Hospitals have received payments from the federal government to compensate them for treating indigent patients. Those payments ($20.4 million in New Mexico last year) disappear under the ACA because the act assumes everyone is covered and hospitals no longer see indigent patients. If Medicaid isn’t expanded, hospitals lose both the payments and coverage for indigent patients.” And guess who foots the bill?  Insurance premium payers.  Again, we go back to Quigley:”Uninsured people put off getting treatment because they can’t afford it, so small tumors grow into big tumors and treatable asthma becomes chronic lung disease.

NM Celebrates Historic Health Care Law With Week of Events

ACA Anniversary Week is Here! Series of events will highlight how the landmark health care law is already positively impacting the lives of NM’s citizens 
[UPDATED: Thursday’s event information + Online resources to help you understand what the ACA does and how it is already making America’s healthcare more efficient and affordable]
It’s ACA Anniversary Week and New Mexico will be celebrating the 2nd year anniversary of the passage of the historic Affordable Care Act with a variety of events throughout the week. These events aim to educate the public on the benefits of the ACA while celebrating how the ACA is already helping seniors, children, women, and the public at large. To learn more about the benefits of the ACA and to show your support for the human right of health care, visit this link and sign the NEW MEXICO SUPPORTS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT pledge. Check out the schedule of events below and be sure to spread the word on social media outlets this week by using the hashtag #HealthCareWorks.