Wednesday, January 17, 2007
NM Senator Carlos Cisneros to Introduce Health Security Act
From the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign:
Senator Carlos Cisneros (Taos) will sponsor the Health Security Act this legislative session. Growing public support combined with the deterioration of our health care system has led the Campaign to conclude that it is time to pass the Health Security Act — the only proposed New Mexico solution that has received substantial public input over the years.
The choice for New Mexico is
- to continue to invest more and more taxpayer dollars in our failing private insurance system, or
- to move in a new direction with the Health Security Act.
The Health Security Act will enable the state to set up its own health plan — like a cooperative — with freedom of choice of provider and a comprehensive benefit package. As soon as the legislation is introduced, we will let you know the bill number.
Increasing County and City Support
Since July of 2006, numerous county commissions and city/village councils have passed resolutions in support of the Health Security Act. This is a very new and exciting development in Campaign history. And more resolutions are expected in the weeks to come!
Here is the latest list.
Counties: Bernalillo, Cibola, Doña Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sandoval, Taos, Valencia
Cities: Albuquerque, Belen, Carlsbad, Deming, Grants, Hatch, La Mesilla, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Pecos, Rio Rancho, Silver City, Taos
How You Can Help
Contact Dana (northern New Mexico) or Cathilia (southern New Mexico) if you want to set up a meeting with your local county commission or city/village.
Let us know if you are willing to be a phone contact person, which means you are able to get 5 other people in your community to contact their local representative when the time is right at the legislature.
More News to Come
We are planning a lobby day at the legislature. Details will be available shortly.
This is the legislation we must have. Forget the study and other proposed plans. We need universal health care that follows this model! Things are falling apart in our health care system here. We need fast and effective action and this plan makes the most sense.
Posted by: NM Nurse | Jan 18, 2007 4:30:02 PM
House Bill 498 First Session, 2003 was introduced by Max Coll. Will this bill follow the principles of the previous Bill. The Bill must be Public Funded, It must eliminate Private Insurance from offering care provided by the bill and it must eliminate discrimination in the form of Pre-existing conditions/or poor health. It must utilize Federal money, State money, All businesses in the state must contribute, with no option to withhold their fare share, incorporation of state provided insurance PERA, ERA, State insurance programs and State personal income taxes paid as needed by every working citizen of the state, instead of premiums paid to private insurance companies. The program should be state run without direction from private insurance. Every man, women and child in the state should be covered(state residency required) and proper identification issued to them to gain access, at any provider. Participation by every citizen/employer/State Agency in the state mandatory.
Posted by: Michael McGinnis | Oct 20, 2007 4:36:16 PM