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Advocates for New Mexico's Children
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    Could something as seemingly small as a tax on groceries be detrimental to the health of some New Mexicans? This health impact assessment shows that taxing food―as some lawmakers at both the local and state levels are considering—could do harm to families who already struggle to put enough food on their table.

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    Download this policy brief (Jan. 2016; 8 pages; pdf) New Mexico is a poor state with high rates of food insecurity and with too many adults and children suffering from nutrition-related chronic conditions, including obesity and diabetes. Programs that incentivize consumption of locally grown, healthy, fresh produce to food-insecure individuals offer both health benefits to […]

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    Some lawmakers have balked at fully funding Medicaid now that we have to start paying our share of the Medicaid expansion, but there are many reasons to do it. For one, the number of hospital stays that are not covered by insurance has dropped, while the number that are covered by Medicaid has risen by the same amount. That saves New Mexico money.

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    For a quarter of a century New Mexico’s Humans Services Department has been under a court order to improve how they process applications for food and health care benefits. Yet the department continues to be in contempt of court. This fact sheet looks at the problems and presents solutions. Produced in conjunction with the NM Center on Law and Poverty

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    Every year, as we continue to give away much-needed revenue in the form of ineffective tax cuts, New Mexico must revisit this choice: do we protect tax cuts for corporations and the rich and continue to underfund critical services like health care and education or do we raise new revenue and invest in the programs that make New Mexico’s people and economy strong and healthy? (4-page fact sheet; May 2016) Read more

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  • 08/15/17--07:36: Medicaid under threat
  • Both of the bills in Congress that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act include major threats to Medicaid that go beyond deep federal funding cuts. this fact sheet looks at some of the threats at both the state and federal levels and what they would mean for New Mexicans. (Fact sheet; updated Aug. 2017) Read more