Studies & Research

New Mexico Studies

Mathematica Health Reform Comparison Study (2007)

In fall 2006, Governor Bill Richardson’s Health Coverage for New Mexicans Committee commissioned a study of three health care reform models. Two of the models were based on the private insurance system, and the third was based on the Health Security Plan. The study, performed by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., concluded that only the Health Security Plan would save money. The other proposals all cost more than the current system even when projections were made over a five-year period.

Mathematica Final Report (July 2007)

Expenditures Comparison (July 2007)

Savings Comparison (July 2007)

Lewin Health Reform Comparison Study (1994)

The Lewin-VHI, Inc., study of 1994, which focused on New Mexico, and numerous studies around the country have concluded that covering all or most residents of a state under one health risk pool would result in hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions of dollars, in savings over time.

Lewin Final Report (November 1994)

Lewin Appendices (November 1994)

Dismantling the Affordable Care Act

The Trump administration continues to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The following articles discuss some of the ways in which the protections provided by the ACA are being weakened or discarded.

New insurance guidelines would undermine rules of the Affordable Care Act,” Washington Post, November 29, 2018

The Trump Administration's Squeeze on Affordable Health Insurance for 50- to 64-Year-Olds,” Forbes, June 21, 2018

Trump Administration Puts Skimpy Health Insurance Plans in Place,” Reuters, June 19, 2018

What to Watch for as Trump Takes Aim at ACA Protections,” NPR, June 8, 2018

Trump Administration Won’t Defend ACA in Case Brought by GOP States,” Washington Post, June 7, 2018.

The GOP Has One Big Idea for Health Care Reform: Crappier Insurance,” Huffington Post, April 22, 2018.

Trump Administration Rewrites ACA Insurance Rules to Give More Power to States,” Washington Post, April 9, 2018

Years of Attack Leave Obamacare a More Government-Focused Health Law,” New York Times, December 26, 2017.

The Affordable Care Acts Waiver for State Innovation

Section 1332 (Waiver for State Innovation) of the Affordable Care Act allows states to develop and implement alternatives to the health insurance exchange approach. One such alternative, of course, is the New Mexico Health Security Plan. For more information about how the Health Security Plan would fit into the Affordable Care Act, click on the links below:

The Affordable Care Act and the Health Security Act

The Affordable Care Act’s Waiver for State Innovation: A Path for Health Security

Other Articles & Research

NM Workers’ Health Insurance Costs ‘Burdensome,’” Albuquerque Journal, December 11, 2018.

Why Prescription Drug Prices Have Skyrocketed,” Washington Post, November 26, 2018.

2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance: New Mexico, Commonwealth Fund, 2018. 

Drug Prices Keep Rising Despite Intense Criticism,” New York Times, April 26, 2016.

U.S. Health Care vs. the World,” Just Care, March 9, 2016.

U.S. Spends More Per Person on Health with Far Poorer Outcomes Than Other Wealthy Nations,” Just Care, October 14, 2015.

Health Insurance Deductibles Outpacing Wage Increases, Study Finds,” New York Times, September 22, 2015.

Cumulative Increases in Health Insurance Premiums, Workers’ Contributions to Premiums, Inflation, and Workers’ Earnings, 1999‐2015” [slide 3 in Employer Health Benefit Survey 2015 release slides], Kaiser Family Foundation, September 22, 2015.

Employer Family Health Premiums Rise 4 Percent to $17,545 in 2015, Extending a Decade-Long Trend of Relatively Moderate Increases,” Kaiser Family Foundation, News Release, September 22, 2015.

Health Care Gobbling Up Resources for Other Government Services” [focus on California], Incidental Economist, June 10, 2015.

The Problem of Underinsurance and How Rising Deductibles Will Make It Worse: Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014,” Commonwealth Fund, May 20, 2015.

Health Care Spending Straining State and Local Budgets,” Incidental Economist (AcademyHealth blog), September 26, 2014.