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

Margitta Arroyo
Sus Sweeters
thomas farmer
sybil wertheim
Leah Steimel
Lucinda Johnson
Dylan Bailey
Kristin Dawe
Sergio Viscoli
Mary Murphy
Thomas Scharmen
State Representative Christine Trujillo
Gerald Vest
Gerald Ortiz y Pino
Senator Mimi Stewart
Steven Flint
Ruth Shy
Zoe Johnson
Lisa Cacari-Stone
Arlene Gabaldon
Sayrah Namaste
Bruce Trigg, MD
Ana Quiroz
Ernesto Longa
Paige Duhamel
Rodema Ashby
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
Evan Kay
826 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Margitta Arroyo
    signed via 2015-07-03 19:46:52 -0600
  • Sus Sweeters
    signed via 2015-07-03 19:16:09 -0600
  • thomas farmer
    signed via 2015-07-03 18:06:26 -0600
  • sybil wertheim
    signed 2015-07-03 16:59:45 -0600
  • Leah Steimel
    signed 2015-07-03 16:36:04 -0600
  • Lucinda Johnson
    signed 2015-07-03 16:23:02 -0600
  • Dylan Bailey
    signed via 2015-07-03 16:16:56 -0600
  • Kristin Dawe
    signed via 2015-07-03 15:35:46 -0600
  • Mary Murphy
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-07-03 15:30:34 -0600
    Hello friends, please read and consider signing this petition to encourage UNMH to assure affordable healthcare to all Bernalillo residents. You are already giving them $90 million in property taxes. Do you want a voice in how it is used?
  • Sergio Viscoli
    signed via 2015-07-03 15:20:01 -0600
    Heal people
  • Mary Murphy
    signed via 2015-07-03 15:17:46 -0600
  • Thomas Scharmen
    signed via 2015-07-03 15:05:40 -0600
  • State Representative Christine Trujillo
    signed 2015-07-03 15:04:57 -0600
  • Gerald Vest
    signed via 2015-07-03 14:36:52 -0600
  • Gerald Ortiz y Pino
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-07-03 14:33:36 -0600
    Sign the petition:
  • Gerald Ortiz y Pino
    signed 2015-07-03 14:33:18 -0600
    The whole point of renegotiating the mil levy every few years is to use it as an opportunity to keep the UNM Hospital and its services laser-focused on Bernalillo County’s health care needs. Simply renewing without changes is to miss out on this opportunity.
  • Senator Mimi Stewart
    signed 2015-07-03 14:21:26 -0600
  • Steven Flint
    signed 2015-07-03 14:01:19 -0600
  • Ruth Shy
    signed 2015-07-03 13:46:28 -0600
  • Zoe Johnson
    signed 2015-07-03 11:51:42 -0600
  • Lisa Cacari-Stone
    signed 2015-07-03 08:22:00 -0600
  • Arlene Gabaldon
    signed via 2015-07-03 08:08:18 -0600
  • Sayrah Namaste
    signed 2015-07-02 19:06:53 -0600
  • Bruce Trigg, MD
    signed 2015-07-02 17:39:02 -0600
  • Ana Quiroz
    signed 2015-07-02 13:29:38 -0600
    Even though UNMH is of significant support for healthcare services within our County, there are services that other organizations can bring in better quality -which UNM doesn’t bring or either is deficient of . Even if UNMH would comply with all needs of social and interpreting services for example, still the County Board must consider the monopoly the UNMH represents and this does not better it’s public health services. One example it the Vein Clinic, in which if you obtain UNM Care plan as complimentary coverage -you have to have a primary coverage in order to obtain it, the Vein clinic requests the whole cost of the procedure that you need as a patient. I encourage you to review the UNMH Vein Clinic’s way of charging patients. UNMH represents a great source of employment with benefits, but please have them check their level of salaries because they’re very low. I consider it very fair that other medical and social service organization’s have the opportunity to obtain County funds to bring better medical services that UNMH is deficient of.
  • Ernesto Longa
    signed 2015-07-02 13:24:51 -0600
  • Paige Duhamel
    signed 2015-07-02 13:09:37 -0600
  • Rodema Ashby
    signed via 2015-07-02 12:43:14 -0600
  • Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
    signed 2015-07-02 11:49:43 -0600
    Maria Ceballos
  • Evan Kay
    signed 2015-07-02 11:46:19 -0600