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

Natch Anan
Mark Stonecipher
Efrain Vila
Karen Ruesch
Karen Fuller
Ralph Arnett
Sara Stratton
Marisa Stratton
Bernie Garcia
Michael L. Counts
Pamela Thieme
Ellen Dornan
Shasta Sturner
Jeanette Lopez
Art Leyba
Eleanor Lucero
Ann Ugar-Ford
Naomi Mendoza
Chloe Kaplan
Daniel Sharp
Rachael Jiacoletti
Amy Riddle
Autumn Riddle
Robin Billie
Brett Bentel
Sylvia A. Padilla
Javier Candelaria
Samantha Darling
Carolyn Roloff
Seth Darling
826 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Natch Anan
    signed 2015-08-20 18:02:13 -0600
  • Mark Stonecipher
    signed 2015-08-20 17:59:12 -0600
  • Efrain Vila
    signed 2015-08-20 17:58:15 -0600
  • Karen Ruesch
    signed 2015-08-20 17:57:45 -0600
  • Karen Fuller
    signed 2015-08-20 17:55:18 -0600
  • Ralph Arnett
    signed 2015-08-20 17:54:32 -0600
  • Sara Stratton
    signed 2015-08-20 17:53:56 -0600
  • Marisa Stratton
    signed 2015-08-20 17:53:24 -0600
  • Bernie Garcia
    signed 2015-08-20 17:52:41 -0600
  • Michael L. Counts
    signed 2015-08-20 17:51:16 -0600
  • Pamela Thieme
    signed 2015-08-20 17:50:35 -0600
  • Ellen Dornan
    signed 2015-08-20 17:49:27 -0600
  • Shasta Sturner
    signed 2015-08-20 17:48:47 -0600
  • Jeanette Lopez
    signed 2015-08-20 17:48:02 -0600
  • Art Leyba
    signed 2015-08-20 17:47:04 -0600
  • Eleanor Lucero
    signed 2015-08-20 17:46:14 -0600
  • Ann Ugar-Ford
    signed 2015-08-20 17:45:05 -0600
  • Naomi Mendoza
    signed 2015-08-20 17:43:06 -0600
  • Chloe Kaplan
    signed 2015-08-20 17:42:28 -0600
  • Daniel Sharp
    signed 2015-08-20 17:41:27 -0600
  • Rachael Jiacoletti
    signed 2015-08-20 17:39:46 -0600
  • Amy Riddle
    signed 2015-08-20 17:38:56 -0600
  • Autumn Riddle
    signed 2015-08-20 17:38:25 -0600
  • Robin Billie
    signed 2015-08-20 17:37:44 -0600
  • Brett Bentel
    signed 2015-08-20 17:35:34 -0600
  • Sylvia A. Padilla
    signed 2015-08-20 17:33:30 -0600
  • Javier Candelaria
    signed 2015-08-20 17:32:19 -0600
  • Samantha Darling
    signed 2015-08-20 17:31:30 -0600
  • Carolyn Roloff
    signed 2015-08-20 17:30:51 -0600
  • Seth Darling
    signed 2015-08-20 17:29:57 -0600

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