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Medicaid agency seeks less money in NM next year

September 24, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The agency managing New Mexico’s largest health care program is asking for less — not more — state money to operate in the upcoming budget year.

It’s the first time in more than a decade the Human Services Department isn’t seeking an increase in state aid for Medicaid, which provides health care for a fourth of New Mexico’s population.

Agency officials said a reduction is possible in part because of low price inflation, more available federal money and lower usage of services by Medicaid recipients.

“I hope people see it as a good thing. It’s not as though we’re cutting services or changing anything. It’s really just something that we’ve been able to manage a little bit differently,” said Deputy Secretary Brent Earnest.

The department has requested about $1 billion in state money for Medicaid in the fiscal year that starts next Login to read more

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