Bernalillo Board of County Commissioners:

I call on you to assure healthcare coverage for all county residents, and to use the UNM Hospital lease agreement and Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) as a foundation to achieve a well-designed system of healthcare for Bernalillo County.   This is essential for a more vibrant and healthy community, public safety, and the economic security of all residents. 

In March 2014 you unanimously passed a resolution that opened up the UNM Hospital lease agreement and stated:

  • Bernalillo County voters support a county-wide “mill levy” tax to provide health care to county residents through UNM Hospital, Mental Health Center and clinics (UNMH); and,
  • With mill levy funds UNMH currently operates an indigent care program called “UNM Care” that provides comprehensive healthcare benefits to over 26,000 county residents (note: less than 8,000 now!); and
  • National experts estimate at least half of all uninsured patients will remain without coverage even after the ACA, leaving over 60,000 Bernalillo County residents uninsured; and
  • Bernalillo County has increased mill levy funds to approximately $90 million dollars per year in order to meet UNMH’s indigent care expenses, operation of the Mental Health Center and the provision of behavioral and substance abuse treatment services; and,
  • The Lease and Memorandum of Understanding renegotiation provide an opportunity to strengthen the healthcare safety net in Bernalillo County and ensure adequate behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services.

Your resolution created a healthcare task force to develop recommendations to assist in the lease renegotiations by developing a community-driven plan for meeting the healthcare needs in Bernalillo County, strengthening the healthcare safety net for Bernalillo County, and ensuring accountability for the use of taxpayer dollars towards healthcare.

The task force recommendations reflect the experience of organizations and individual community members. Therefore I strongly support the Bernalillo County Healthcare Task Force November 2014 recommendations to improve the health safety net:

  • Assure Healthcare Coverage for All County Residents
  • Meet Native American Healthcare Obligations
  • Increase Availability of Behavioral Health Services
  • Build an Integrated System of Primary Care and Navigation Support
  • Provide Continuity of Care for Incarcerated People
  • Increase County Oversight and Accountability for Mill Levy Funds

I urge you to incorporate these recommendations in the UNM hospital lease agreement and MOU that guide the use of county mill levy funds for the benefit of all Bernalillo County residents. 


Who's signing

Ray Reeder
Carol Holland
John W. Daugherty
Susan Daugherty
Jerry Cheney
Adrien Lawyer
Lydia Powers
Rose Bell
Maria Martinez Sanchez
Ona Porter
Alden Bruce
Hope Alvarado
Julio Dominguez
Sam Sokolove
Carissa Aranda
Marlene Brown
Amy Harris
Isaac Pushkin
Ruth Salvaggio
Melissa Cline, MD
Rebecca Arnett
Rafael Leckie
Melissa Sotelo
Jesse Sullinger
Kyle Benally
Aimee Monge
Sara Leyba
Emily Lucero
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  • Ray Reeder
    signed 2015-08-20 17:28:52 -0600
  • Carol Holland
    signed 2015-08-20 17:28:03 -0600
  • John W. Daugherty
    signed 2015-08-20 17:27:00 -0600
  • Susan Daugherty
    signed 2015-08-20 17:25:46 -0600
  • Jerry Cheney
    signed via 2015-08-19 01:37:51 -0600
  • Adrien Lawyer
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-08-19 00:13:53 -0600
    Sign: It's time for Bern County to assure affordable, accessible health care that serves all county residents
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    Sign: It's time for Bern County to assure affordable, accessible health care that serves all county residents
  • Adrien Lawyer
    signed 2015-08-19 00:10:54 -0600
  • Lydia Powers
    signed 2015-08-18 16:58:45 -0600
  • Rose Bell
    signed 2015-08-18 07:38:14 -0600
  • Maria Martinez Sanchez
    signed 2015-08-13 09:03:57 -0600
  • Ona Porter
    signed 2015-08-12 18:03:08 -0600
  • Alden Bruce
    signed 2015-08-12 15:54:32 -0600
  • Hope Alvarado
    signed 2015-08-12 15:48:18 -0600
  • Julio Dominguez
    signed 2015-08-12 15:41:46 -0600
  • Sam Sokolove
    signed 2015-08-12 12:38:15 -0600
  • Carissa Aranda
    signed 2015-08-12 11:49:11 -0600
  • Marlene Brown
    signed 2015-08-09 17:31:21 -0600
  • Amy Harris
    signed 2015-08-09 17:30:44 -0600
  • Isaac Pushkin
    signed 2015-08-09 17:30:10 -0600
  • Ruth Salvaggio
    signed 2015-08-09 17:29:33 -0600
  • Melissa Cline, MD
    signed 2015-08-09 17:27:34 -0600
  • Rebecca Arnett
    signed 2015-08-09 17:26:46 -0600
  • Rafael Leckie
    signed 2015-08-09 17:24:42 -0600
  • Melissa Sotelo
    signed 2015-08-09 17:24:01 -0600
  • Jesse Sullinger
    signed 2015-08-09 17:23:22 -0600
  • Kyle Benally
    signed 2015-08-09 17:22:41 -0600
  • Aimee Monge
    signed 2015-08-09 17:21:53 -0600
  • Sara Leyba
    signed 2015-08-09 17:21:10 -0600
  • Emily Lucero
    signed 2015-08-09 17:20:22 -0600