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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Feldman
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2-7-06
HB
SHORT TITLE Support Health Care for all New Mexicans
SB SJM 26
ANALYST Collard
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
NFI
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Duplicates HJM 50
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Health (DOH)
Human Services Department (HSD)
Public Education Department (PED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Senate Joint Memorial 26
Senate Joint Memorial 26 endorses the concept of health care coverage for all as the state ranks
second to last in the nation with an estimated 21 percent of the population uninsured and 41 per-
cent of employers failing to offer health insurance to their employee. Additionally, the joint
memorial cites state law stating that the policy of the state is to promote optimal health; prevent
disease, disability and premature death; improve the quality of life and assure that basic health
care services are available, accessible, acceptable and culturally appropriate. The memorial also
states that providing basic treatment is a method for meeting that policy; and that the health pol-
icy should be adhered to, implemented and endorsed.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
There is no fiscal implication associated with this joint memorial.
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Senate Joint Memorial Bill 26 Page
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SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The joint memorial asks to the Legislature, as the governing body, to establish goals for a health
policy to implement the concept of health care coverage for all New Mexicans.
According to PED school fact sheets, 25 of the 89 school districts have over 30 percent of the
population ages 5 to 17 living in poverty. They may or may not be eligible for Medicaid.
DUPLICATION
Senate Joint Memorial 26 duplicates House Joint Memorial 50.
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