A new law aimed at paying community health workers will kick in this summer. These women and men provide health and social services to their neighbors and act as a vital link between time-strapped doctors and their patients. Health promoters – or promotoras – are helping homebound New Mexicans get the healthcare they need.
Community health workers can be paid through Medicaid after a measure signed by Gov. Susana Martinez on Sunday, March 9, goes into effect. As things stand, workers’ salaries are primarily funded by grants.
The legislation also creates a state certification program and funding for trainings.