SENATE BILL 132
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2019
Pete Campos and Dayan Hochman-Vigil
RELATING TO HEALTH; AMENDING THE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO REQUIRE MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENTS TO LICENSED CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIANS AND NAPRAPATHIC MEDICAL PROVIDERS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 27-2-12 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1973, Chapter 376, Section 16, as amended) is amended to read:
"27-2-12. MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS.--
A. Consistent with the federal act and subject to the appropriation and availability of federal and state funds, the medical assistance division of the department:
(1) may by rule provide medical assistance, including the services of licensed doctors of oriental medicine [licensed chiropractic physicians] and licensed dental hygienists in collaborating practice [to persons eligible for public assistance programs under the federal act]; and
(2) shall provide for medical assistance for services provided by licensed naprapaths and licensed chiropractic physicians.
B. Subject to appropriation and availability of federal, state or other funds received by the state from public or private grants or donations, the medical assistance division of the department may by rule provide medical assistance, including assistance in the payment of premiums for medical or long-term care insurance, to children up to the age of twelve if not part of a sibling group; children up to the age of eighteen if part of a sibling group that includes a child up to the age of twelve; and pregnant women who are residents of the state of New Mexico and who are ineligible for public assistance under the federal act. The department, in implementing the provisions of this subsection, shall:
(1) establish rules that encourage pregnant women to participate in prenatal care; and
(2) not provide a benefit package that exceeds the benefit package provided to state employees."
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