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

Sandra Madden
Patricia Stewart
Maria Goldstein
Sandra Simons-Ailes
Rolf Nitsche
Amanda Gallegos
Moze Smalley
Reyna Luz Juarez
Louise Pocock
George Lujan
Lola Blackwell
Ann Piper
Blair Kaufman
Sally McMillan
Pat Manaster
Daniel Gips
Bennie Aragon
George E. Morris
Phyllis J. Trott
Carol Glassheim
Lisa Silva
Jay Conan Cree Tufeather
Rochelle Graubard
Griselda Savedra
Estella Savedra
E. Dee Quirino
Mary Geene
Rose Shaw
Annette Aquayo
Don Hancock
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  • Sandra Madden
    signed 2015-08-24 13:57:18 -0600
  • Patricia Stewart
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  • Maria Goldstein
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  • Sandra Simons-Ailes
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  • Rolf Nitsche
    signed 2015-08-24 13:54:52 -0600
  • Amanda Gallegos
    signed 2015-08-24 13:51:55 -0600
  • Moze Smalley
    signed 2015-08-24 13:51:28 -0600
  • Reyna Luz Juarez
    signed 2015-08-24 13:50:56 -0600
  • Louise Pocock
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  • George Lujan
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  • Lola Blackwell
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  • Ann Piper
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  • Blair Kaufman
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  • Sally McMillan
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  • Pat Manaster
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  • Daniel Gips
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  • Bennie Aragon
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  • George E. Morris
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  • Phyllis J. Trott
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  • Carol Glassheim
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  • Lisa Silva
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  • Jay Conan Cree Tufeather
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  • Rochelle Graubard
    signed 2015-08-24 13:30:52 -0600
  • Griselda Savedra
    signed 2015-08-24 13:30:19 -0600
  • Estella Savedra
    signed 2015-08-24 13:29:42 -0600
  • E. Dee Quirino
    signed 2015-08-24 13:29:06 -0600
  • Mary Geene
    signed 2015-08-24 13:28:27 -0600
  • Rose Shaw
    signed 2015-08-24 10:51:48 -0600
  • Annette Aquayo
    signed 2015-08-23 21:04:17 -0600
  • Don Hancock
    signed 2015-08-23 21:03:25 -0600

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