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

Joseph F. Dabney
Gary D. Williams
Marian Jordan
Setsuko Seeley
Juan Vargas
Iola Robinson
Linda Swindle
Stephen Bartold
Tere Baca
Elisabeth Parkal
Eileen Shaughnessy
Britt Letcher
Ellen Curley-Roam
Reverend Lynette Curley-Roam, LCSW
Paul Baumann
Robert M. Allen
Colin Baillio
Lina Alvarez
Mariar Hinojosa
Francisca Alvarado
Jerry Montoya
Marsha McMurray-Avila
David Broudy
Stefanie Vigil
George Benavidez
Isela Chacon
Stephen Ramirez
Blanca Sanchez
Sabina McQuillan
Jeff R. Bazanela
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  • Joseph F. Dabney
    signed 2015-09-04 07:37:24 -0600
  • Gary D. Williams
    signed 2015-09-04 07:36:18 -0600
  • Marian Jordan
    signed 2015-09-04 07:35:29 -0600
  • Setsuko Seeley
    signed 2015-09-04 07:34:44 -0600
  • Juan Vargas
    signed 2015-09-04 07:33:52 -0600
  • Iola Robinson
    signed 2015-09-04 07:33:15 -0600
  • Linda Swindle
    signed 2015-09-04 07:31:19 -0600
  • Stephen Bartold
    signed 2015-09-04 07:30:33 -0600
  • Tere Baca
    signed 2015-09-04 07:29:58 -0600
  • Elisabeth Parkal
    signed 2015-09-04 07:28:50 -0600
  • Eileen Shaughnessy
    signed 2015-09-04 07:27:59 -0600
  • Britt Letcher
    signed 2015-09-04 07:26:03 -0600
  • Ellen Curley-Roam
    signed 2015-09-04 07:25:10 -0600
  • Reverend Lynette Curley-Roam, LCSW
    signed 2015-09-04 07:00:04 -0600
  • Paul Baumann
    signed 2015-09-04 06:55:48 -0600
  • Robert M. Allen
    signed 2015-09-04 06:55:05 -0600
  • Colin Baillio
    signed 2015-09-04 06:53:19 -0600
  • Lina Alvarez
    signed 2015-09-04 06:52:19 -0600
  • Mariar Hinojosa
    signed 2015-09-04 06:51:01 -0600
  • Francisca Alvarado
    signed 2015-09-04 06:49:21 -0600
  • Jerry Montoya
    signed 2015-09-03 20:18:49 -0600
  • Marsha McMurray-Avila
    signed 2015-09-03 19:54:36 -0600
  • David Broudy
    signed 2015-09-03 18:28:39 -0600
  • Stefanie Vigil
    signed 2015-09-01 05:55:06 -0600
  • George Benavidez
    signed 2015-08-29 17:16:10 -0600
  • Isela Chacon
    signed 2015-08-29 17:15:36 -0600
  • Stephen Ramirez
    signed 2015-08-29 17:14:55 -0600
  • Blanca Sanchez
    signed 2015-08-29 17:14:20 -0600
  • Sabina McQuillan
    signed 2015-08-29 17:13:43 -0600
  • Jeff R. Bazanela
    signed 2015-08-29 17:13:01 -0600

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