Hospital Charges for Uninsured. A memorial: requesting the legislative health and human services committee to hold a hearing on hospital charges for New Mexico's uninsured patients and for the Human Services Department to report on New Mexico hospitals' use of public funds and provisions for financial assistance for uninsured patients.
This is part of a series of summaries that highlight notable legislation and initiatives in health policy and reform of all 50 states. Check back on The Source as we roll out additional states each week. See New Mexico page. New Mexico has made strides in healthcare price transparency and cost control. After a legislative mandate was enacted to establish an all-payer claims database, the state began its implementation with budget allotted in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. In recent terms, New Mexico also passed the Surprise Billing Protection Act, which requires a provider to [...]
House Bill 67 would establish an unpaid primary care council to advise state government and especially the Department of Human Services in finding means to increase New Mexicans’ access to health care while improving their health and controlling the costs of health care. The bill council would consist of members from the Department of Health, the Department of Human Services and the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance; from an organization representing federally qualified health care centers (FQHCs), and five members representing statewide primary care provider organizations. There would be thirteen advisory non-voting members.
Mail-Order Pharmacy Insurance Parity: House Bill 107 applies to each of the types of health insurance offered in New Mexico the same new requirement, repeated in each of the five sections of the bill, with the aim to increase parity among local pharmacies and mail-order pharmacies on price to consumers.
Relating to health coverage; prohibiting imposition of cost sharing for behavioral health services under certain insurance coverage policies or plans; allowing plans exempt from regulation under the new mexico insurance code to eliminate cost sharing for behavioral health services; establishing reporting requirements.
Podiatric Services Cost Sharing Limits. House Bill 34 would dictate that insurance products for sale in New Mexico could not impose a higher coinsurance percentage or copay amount on a consumer for services provided by a podiatrist than for primary care services, defined in each of the bill’s sections as “the first level of basic or general health care for a person’s health needs.”