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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Stewart
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/27/06
HB 241
SHORT TITLE Produce Telenovela Health Care Drama
SB
ANALYST Earp
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$46.0
Non-Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Higher Education Department (HED)
Department of Health (DOH)
Health Policy Commission (HPC)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 241 would appropriate $46,000 from the general fund to the University of New Mex-
ico Board of Regents for the University Hospital to develop and produce a telenovela health care
drama to be shown in health care clinic waiting rooms statewide. The appropriation is available
for expenditure in fiscal years 2006 and 2007. The bill contains the emergency clause.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $46,000 contained in this bill is a non-recurring expense to the general
fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall
revert to the general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
This proposal was not included amount the special program funding requests to HED by the Uni-
versity of New Mexico for review. Consequently, this proposal has not been included in the
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HED funding recommendations for fiscal year 2007.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
UNM would bear the administrative responsibility for developing and distributing the requested
telenovela to health care clinics throughout the state.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
HED notes that language barriers and cultural differences can have an impact on the quality of
health care provided and negatively influence the management of chronic disease, which has a
negative impact on the overall health of many Hispanic patients who do not speak English. In the
past decade the Hispanic population in the United States has increased greatly and in the next
decade the Hispanic population is expected to the second largest ethnic group in the United
States. The development and production of video that can educate the Spanish speaking popula-
tion on the importance of preventing and addressing health care issues in the early stages of a
disease or aliment can greatly reduce health care costs and provide people with a better quality of
life.
The Department of Health notes that there are many Hispanic residents and immigrants waiting
to see medical providers in public health clinics across the state. Many Spanish speaking indi-
viduals are familiar with telenovela dramas as they are frequently shown on national Spanish
language television stations. This bill proposes to use the telenovela format to convey health
care messages to Spanish speaking patients waiting to see medical providers.
The Health Policy Commission notes that federally-funded clinics are required to provide lan-
guage appropriate information to non-English speaking patients as of Aug. 11, 2000 when Presi-
dent Clinton signed Executive Order 13166. This bill would enhance current initiatives that may
be in place to address Spanish speaking clients.
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