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. 

Respectfully,

Who's signing

Regina Romero
Paul Eichhorn
Linda Shainwald
Zoe Economou
Sara Newton Juarez
Marianne Dickinson
Martha E. Karpoff
Marcia Fernandez
Alan Wagman
Summers Kalishman
Sandra Penn
Frances Varela
Ted F. Martinez
Joseph G. Garcia
Phillip Patrick Baca
Rey Garduno
Hilary Heyl
Karen Michelle Otero
Miriam Martinez
Kitty Richards
Marietta Vogel
David Vogel
Judith Gere
Arnold Trujillo
Christopher Banks
Herbert J. Hoffman
Benay Blend
Bryan Statium
Joel Gallegos
Paige Murphy
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Will you sign?

  • Regina Romero
    signed 2015-07-28 13:19:23 -0600
  • Paul Eichhorn
    signed 2015-07-28 13:18:49 -0600
  • Linda Shainwald
    signed 2015-07-28 13:17:10 -0600
  • Zoe Economou
    signed 2015-07-28 13:16:33 -0600
  • Sara Newton Juarez
    signed 2015-07-28 13:15:54 -0600
  • Marianne Dickinson
    signed 2015-07-28 13:15:34 -0600
  • Martha E. Karpoff
    signed 2015-07-28 13:14:53 -0600
  • Marcia Fernandez
    signed 2015-07-28 13:14:33 -0600
  • Alan Wagman
    signed 2015-07-28 13:14:14 -0600
  • Summers Kalishman
    signed 2015-07-28 13:13:44 -0600
  • Sandra Penn
    signed 2015-07-28 13:12:21 -0600
  • Frances Varela
    signed 2015-07-28 13:11:28 -0600
  • Ted F. Martinez
    signed 2015-07-28 13:10:52 -0600
  • Joseph G. Garcia
    signed 2015-07-28 13:10:16 -0600
  • Phillip Patrick Baca
    signed 2015-07-28 13:09:52 -0600
  • Rey Garduno
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  • Hilary Heyl
    signed 2015-07-28 13:08:57 -0600
  • Karen Michelle Otero
    signed 2015-07-28 13:08:36 -0600
  • Miriam Martinez
    signed 2015-07-28 13:06:57 -0600
  • Kitty Richards
    signed 2015-07-28 13:06:34 -0600
  • Marietta Vogel
    signed 2015-07-28 13:05:26 -0600
  • David Vogel
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  • Judith Gere
    signed 2015-07-28 13:04:36 -0600
  • Arnold Trujillo
    signed 2015-07-28 13:04:12 -0600
  • Christopher Banks
    signed 2015-07-28 13:03:54 -0600
  • Herbert J. Hoffman
    signed 2015-07-28 13:03:26 -0600
  • Benay Blend
    signed 2015-07-28 13:03:01 -0600
  • Bryan Statium
    signed 2015-07-28 13:02:38 -0600
  • Joel Gallegos
    signed 2015-07-28 13:01:30 -0600
  • Paige Murphy
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