Shouldn’t the $90 million in property taxes we provide to University of New Mexico Hospital assure affordable health care for Bernalillo County residents who can’t afford or qualify for Medicaid or Obamacare coverage?
Right now, Bernalillo County Commissioners are holding discussions with UNM Hospital officials to create an “MOU” on how to use $90 million/year in property taxes (mill levy) to best meet the health care needs of County residents.
What’s clear is that UNM Hospital shouldn’t decide alone how our taxpayer dollars are used.
In 2014, the County Commissioners convened a highly-qualified Healthcare Task Force to develop a community-driven plan for meeting the healthcare needs of Bernalillo County residents. The task force work is done, their recommendations should guide the County negotiations with UNM Hospital.
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The Task Force’s key recommendations are to:
- Assure Healthcare Coverage for All County Residents;
- Meet Native American Healthcare Obligation;
- Increase Availability of Behavioral Health Services Build an Integrated System of Primary Care and Navigation Supports;
- Provide Continuity of Care for Incarcerated People;
- Increase County Oversight and Accountability for Mill Levy Funds.