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People, Power And Democracy
6:24 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

“Dark Money” Bill Dies In Santa Fe

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Lost in the drama of Saturday was the death of legislation that would have exposed so-called "dark money” groups to more public scrutiny.

The cause of death?

Late-session disagreements and wariness in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

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People, Power And Democracy
5:50 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Lawmakers Consider How To Regulate Money In Politics

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Guy Bowers imagines his phone ringing off the hook if New Mexico were to return to the days of contributors giving unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns.

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People, Power And Democracy
8:21 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Lawmakers Blocking Loan Cap Got Industry Money

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Five of the six senators who opposed legislation to cap what lenders can charge borrowers on certain types of loans took thousands of dollars in campaign money from the industry in 2013 and 2014, state records show.

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People, Power And Democracy
2:27 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Payday Lending Industry Gives Big

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Storefront lending companies and affiliated associations gave nearly $140,000 to New Mexico public officials and political action committees in 2013 and 2014, according to an analysis of data from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office.

The bulk of that -- $115,805 -- went to dozens of elected officials, including Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, Democratic Attorney General Hector Balderas and more than half of the members of the New Mexico Legislature, Democrats and Republicans alike.

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Local News
8:08 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Balderas Releases 2013 Health Audit, With Redactions

Weeks after taking office, new Attorney General Hector Balderas released on Thursday the remainder of the 2013 audit of 15 New Mexico behavioral health agencies, albeit with some redactions.

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Public Health New Mexico
11:26 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Behavioral Health Audit Firm Didn’t Follow Normal Practice

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A Massachusetts firm that audited 15 health organizations in New Mexico last year normally gives companies it’s scrutinizing a chance to respond before issuing official findings.

It is a common practice for auditors. Running the findings by staff gives organizations the opportunity to refute findings or address misunderstandings. It’s a way of ensuring the accuracy of an audit, among other things.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:38 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Health Provider Says State Refused Evidence Refuting Audit

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A state agency citing potential Medicaid fraud refused to consider documents that could have cleared a health care provider of allegations that it had overcharged the government by as much as $4.3 million, the organization’s officials said this week. 

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Public Health New Mexico
2:53 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

NMInDepth: Open Letter To Sens. O'Neill and Ortiz y Pino

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Dear Senators Bill O’Neill and Jerry Ortiz y Pino:

We at New Mexico In Depth were a bit confused - befuddled might be a better word - at your press release yesterday. It bears the title “Media Scrutiny Finally Gives Behavioral Health Debacle the Investigation Warranted” and begins with this line:

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Public Health New Mexico
8:13 am
Wed May 7, 2014

AG Probe Raises Questions About Health Audit’s Integrity

The Santa Fe nonprofit Easter Seals El Mirador was cleared of Medicaid fraud on Tuesday by the Attorney General's Office.
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Last year, the state’s Human Resources Department said an audit had helped find “credible allegations of fraud” against 15 New Mexico health organizations offering services such as drug addiction treatment and suicide counseling. Though HSD kept the audit secret — from the public and the organizations themselves — the department asserted the audit's findings justified suspending Medicaid funding for the organizations.

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Public Health New Mexico
10:23 am
Tue February 25, 2014

NM Attorney General: Health Audit Appears To Have Mistakenly Flagged Claims

The audit the state used to justify suspending Medicaid payments to an Alamogordo health center last year appears to have included mistakenly flagged claims, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

That raises questions about the process the Human Services Department (HSD) used to ensure the audit was accurate before deciding to suspend Medicaid dollars to the Alamogordo organization.

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Public Health New Mexico
9:23 am
Sat October 19, 2013

New Portion Of Audit Released; Hundreds Of Pages Still Secret

Many pages of the audit released by the state Attorney General's office were partially or fully redacted. The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government posted the full document online. http://nmfog.org/uploads/PressRelease/cf6b22f5312b412198762483474b1435/PCG_Redacted_Audit_Report.pdf

A portion of an audit released Friday by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office with many details blacked out shed little light on why the state froze Medicaid payments to 15 New Mexico behavioral health providers.

At the same time, the 58-page document raised tantalizing questions.

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