Medicaid http://kunm.org en Hundreds Head To Santa Fe Health Care Event Ahead Of Deadline http://kunm.org/post/hundreds-head-santa-fe-health-care-event-ahead-deadline <p>Midnight Monday is the deadline to sign up for healthcare under the <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/">Affordable Care Act</a>.&nbsp; Over the weekend in New Mexico people lined up to get covered, either through the insurance marketplace or Medicaid. &nbsp;</p><p>From those in their 60s to young people under 26 covered under their parents’ plan, hundreds stood in the bright spring sunshine sign up under<a href="http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/LookingForAssistance/Field_Offices_1.aspx"> Medicaid</a>, or with one of four insurance plans.</p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:16:59 +0000 Deborah Martinez 43185 at http://kunm.org Hundreds Head To Santa Fe Health Care Event Ahead Of Deadline Governor Signs Community Health Workers Act http://kunm.org/post/governor-signs-community-health-workers-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Community health workers can be paid through Medicaid after </span><a href="http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?chamber=S&amp;legtype=B&amp;legno=%20%2058&amp;year=14" style="line-height: 1.5;">a measure</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> signed by </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Susana Martinez on Sunday, March 9, goes into effect. As things stand, workers’ salaries are primarily funded by grants.</span></p><p>The legislation also creates a state certification program and funding for trainings.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:59:52 +0000 Marisa Demarco 42325 at http://kunm.org Governor Signs Community Health Workers Act Funding For Developmental Disability Services Still Stalled http://kunm.org/post/funding-developmental-disability-services-still-stalled <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of people with </span><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/developmentaldisabilities/index.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">developmental disabilities</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in New Mexico have been waiting to receive the full spectrum of services available through a government program,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">some for more than 10 years</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;The Tatz&nbsp;family is inching towards that benchmark, as they and their kids grow older. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:27:33 +0000 Deborah Martinez 41723 at http://kunm.org Funding For Developmental Disability Services Still Stalled Breakdown Of 2014 Public Health Legislation http://kunm.org/post/breakdown-2014-public-health-legislation <p><em style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">UPDATE Feb. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:58:25 +0000 Marisa Demarco 40662 at http://kunm.org Breakdown Of 2014 Public Health Legislation Behavioral Health Chief Steps Down http://kunm.org/post/behavioral-health-chief-steps-down <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">The director of the state's <a href="http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/bhsd/">Behavioral Health Services Division</a> is resigning. Diana McWilliams submitted her resignation letter on Monday, Dec. 16, and her last day is tomorrow. She'll be heading back east to Philadelphia to become the chief operating officer for a nonprofit behavioral health and child welfare organization, she said.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:12:10 +0000 Marisa Demarco 39138 at http://kunm.org Behavioral Health Chief Steps Down Free App Enrolls New Mexicans in Obamacare http://kunm.org/post/free-app-enrolls-new-mexicans-obamacare <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">Medical residents at </span>UNM<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">&nbsp;created a free app to help New Mexicans get hooked into health care.</span></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:54:16 +0000 Deborah Martinez & Marisa Demarco 39099 at http://kunm.org Free App Enrolls New Mexicans in Obamacare 63,000 New Mexicans To Transition Health Plans Under ACA http://kunm.org/post/63000-new-mexicans-transition-health-plans-under-aca <p></p><p>Under the <a href="http://www.medicaid.gov/affordablecareact/affordable-care-act.html" target="target_blank">Affordable Care Act</a>, around <a href="http://newmexico.watchdog.org/19700/at-least-63900-new-mexicans-must-change-health-care-policies/" target="target_blank">63,000 New Mexicans</a> will need to buy new health insurance policies by the end of the year. Those plans could cost more and cover more.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:51:20 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 37046 at http://kunm.org 63,000 New Mexicans To Transition Health Plans Under ACA Secrecy Surrounds Fraud Allegations In New Mexico Mental Health Audit http://kunm.org/post/secrecy-surrounds-fraud-allegations-new-mexico-mental-health-audit <p>In June, New Mexico’s Behavioral Health care system was thrown into chaos — the state abruptly froze Medicaid payments to <a href="http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_23528789/audit-nm-mental-health-cos-possible-fraud?source=most_emailed" target="target_blank">more than a dozen mental health providers</a> in the state after an <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/726527-ag-disclosure-redacted-behavioral-health-audit.html" target="target_blank">audit</a> allegedly found widespread <a href="http://www.fronterasdesk.org/sites/default/files/field/docs/2013/07/nmhsd-memo-15-audited-behavior Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:05:12 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 36696 at http://kunm.org Secrecy Surrounds Fraud Allegations In New Mexico Mental Health Audit Timeline: New Mexico's Shake Up Of Behavioral Health Providers http://kunm.org/post/timeline-new-mexicos-shake-behavioral-health-providers <p>At the end of June, 15 New Mexico behavioral health agencies had their Medicaid funding frozen by the state's <a href="http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/" target="target_blank">Human Services Department</a> due to “credible allegations of fraud.”</p><p>The agencies provide services to approximately <a href="http://www.ktsm.com/news/state-new-mexico-cuts-funding-mental-health-clinicsaffecting-30000-patients" target="target_blank">30,000 patients</a>, many who seek help for mental health issues ranging from substance abuse treatment to schizophrenia.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:34:59 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 34951 at http://kunm.org Timeline: New Mexico's Shake Up Of Behavioral Health Providers Service Disruptions Mark Transition Of New Mexico Behavioral Health To Arizona Hands http://kunm.org/post/service-disruptions-mark-transition-new-mexico-behavioral-health-arizona-hands <p>On June 24, New Mexico's <a href="http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/" target="target_blank">Human Services Department</a> announced that an <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/726527-ag-disclosure-redacted-behavioral-health-audit.html" target="target_blank">audit</a> found "<a href="http://www.fronterasdesk.org/sites/default/files/field/docs/2013/07/nmhsd-memo-15-audited-behavioral-health-providers.pdf" target="target_blank">credible allegations of fraud</a>" for <a href="http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_23528789/audit-nm-mental-health-cos-possible-fraud?source=most_emailed" target="targe Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:35:48 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 34466 at http://kunm.org Service Disruptions Mark Transition Of New Mexico Behavioral Health To Arizona Hands Arizona Companies Prepare To Manage New Mexico Behavioral Health Providers http://kunm.org/post/arizona-companies-prepare-manage-new-mexico-behavioral-health-providers <p>When the <a href="http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/" target="target_blank">New Mexico Human Services Department </a>(NMHSD) announced last month it would suspend Medicaid payments to 1<a href="http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_23528789/audit-nm-mental-health-cos-possible-fraud?source=most_emailed" target="target_blank">5 behavioral health providers</a>, Joe Frechen was worried.</p><p>For nearly 20 years, Frechen has worked as psychiatrist in Southern New Mexico with some of the most vulnerable patients in the region.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:38:31 +0000 Tristan Ahtone & Bryant Furlow 32736 at http://kunm.org Arizona Companies Prepare To Manage New Mexico Behavioral Health Providers Medicaid Expansion Brings Finances And Competition To Indian Health Service http://kunm.org/post/medicaid-expansion-brings-finances-and-competition-indian-health-service-0 <p>Around 25-thousand Native Americans in New Mexico will become eligible for Medicaid when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect next year. &nbsp;The change translates to more money for the Indian Health Service. But as KUNM’s Poverty and Public Health Reporter Tristan Ahtone explains: in Albuquerque, Medicaid expansion will also force Native health providers to deal with something they’ve never faced before: competition from non-tribal health programs.</p><p>TRANSCRIPT:</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 28005 at http://kunm.org Medicaid Expansion Brings Finances And Competition To Indian Health Service Centennial Care Tribal Opt-Out Future Uncertain http://kunm.org/post/centennial-care-tribal-opt-out-future-uncertain <p></p><p>Tribal health advocates say the clock is running out for legislation that would prohibit the state from forcing Native American Medicaid enrollees into mandatory managed care.</p><p><br>House Bill 376 aims to provide New Mexico's Medicaid-eligible tribal population the ability to opt-in to the states mandatory Medicaid managed care program, Centennial Care.</p> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 00:36:56 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26475 at http://kunm.org Centennial Care Tribal Opt-Out Future Uncertain Tribal Health Advocates Watch Centennial Care Opt-Out Bill Advance http://kunm.org/post/tribal-health-advocates-watch-centennial-care-opt-out-bill-advance <p>A bill that would remove the mandatory requirement that Native American Medicaid recipients enroll in a state run managed care program is now heading to the Senate.</p><p>Centennial Care, New Mexico’s planned Medicaid program, would require all Medicaid users to enroll with one of four managed care organizations (MCO) contracted with the state.</p><p>Under the program, the Indian Health Service, as well as Tribal and urban clinics, would have to bill those same MCO’s for services provided, instead of going directly to the state for reimbursement.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 23:32:27 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 25614 at http://kunm.org Tribal Health Advocates Watch Centennial Care Opt-Out Bill Advance House Judiciary Committee Supports Medicaid Tribal Opt-Out http://kunm.org/post/house-judiciary-committee-supports-medicaid-tribal-opt-out <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would prohibit the mandatory enrollment of Native Americans in the states Medicaid managed care program, Centennial Care, has passed through the House Judiciary Committee unanimously.</span></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 03:39:13 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 25352 at http://kunm.org House Judiciary Committee Supports Medicaid Tribal Opt-Out Centennial Care Tribal Opt-Out Clears Committee http://kunm.org/post/centennial-care-tribal-opt-out-clears-committee <p></p><p>A bill that would allow Medicaid eligible tribal citizens in New Mexico to opt-out of the states Medicaid plan, Centennial Care, has taken it’s first steps in the legislature. HB 376, which gives Native Americans the ability to opt-out of Centennial Care has passed out of committee.</p><p>Under the states proposed Medicaid program entitled Centennial Care, all Medicaid enrollees in the state would be required to enroll in one of four managed care organizations (MCO) to receive healthcare.</p><p>For New Mexico’s tribal population, this proposal is causing problems.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:28:56 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 25113 at http://kunm.org Centennial Care Tribal Opt-Out Clears Committee State Takes Another Step Toward Centennial Care http://kunm.org/post/state-takes-another-step-toward-centennial-care <p></p><p>The New Mexico Human Services Department has announced the selection of four, new Centennial Care Managed Care Organizations responsible for providing healthcare to nearly 600,000 New Mexicans.</p><p>Medicaid is the public health insurance program for low-income people which currently serves about 560,000 New Mexicans, and will expand to include about 170,000 more come 2014. Centennial Care is the new name for New Mexico’s Medicaid program.</p> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 00:05:08 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 24832 at http://kunm.org State Takes Another Step Toward Centennial Care