I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Bad state revenue picture could lead to Medicaid cuts
State government’s largest health care program faces a serious budget shortfall that could balloon to $300 million next year, forcing Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration to start planning for cutbacks in Medicaid, the Associated Press reports today.
Any cuts or changes to Medicaid, a federal-state joint program to insure low-income Americans, could be a significant issue. Nearly one in four New Mexicans receive all or part of their health care through the Human Service Department’s medical assistance services. Medicaid covers uninsured children, poor adults and disabled New Mexicans. Its services include long-term care for the elderly.