Democrats Plan Bill For State-Run Health Exchange

Jan 22, 2013

A potential clash looms between the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over the administration's plan to implement a state-run health insurance exchange.

At issue is whether state law must be changed to create the exchange, which is envisioned as an online shopping center for the uninsured to buy health coverage.

The administration contends no legislation is needed and plans to have the exchange operated by the New Mexico Health Insurance Alliance, a nonprofit public corporation established in 1994 to provide access to insurance for small businesses and some individuals.

Democratic lawmakers said Monday they'll introduce legislation this session for an exchange. The proposal will revamp the alliance's governing board to add more consumer representation and lessen the influence of the insurance industry.