Who We Are
Established in 1992, the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign is a broad and growing coalition of over 160 statewide and local organizations representing diverse interests. Our members and supporters include consumer, labor, community, health professional, human rights, faith-based, and environmental organizations; business owners; farmers and ranchers; and groups advocating for low-income New Mexicans and the homeless. Our mission is to establish a system of guaranteed, comprehensive, and affordable health care coverage for all New Mexicans.
The Campaign continually seeks public input on and support for its proposal: the Health Security Plan. As a result, the Health Security Plan has evolved into a New Mexico health care reform solution that is not an imitation of any other state’s proposal or any other country’s system.
The Health Security Act (legislation to enact the Health Security Plan) would enable New Mexico to set up its own health care plan, structured like a cooperative, with freedom of choice of health care provider and a comprehensive benefit package. The Health Security Act has been introduced several times in the state legislature, and 36 New Mexico municipalities and counties have passed resolutions in support of the bill.
With a modest budget, a small part-time staff, and dedicated volunteers, the Campaign educates New Mexicans throughout the state about the Health Security Plan and other health care reform developments. Over the years, the Campaign has held hundreds of presentations, meetings, and workshops and has sent out numerous timely and informative updates.
The Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign is a membership organization. Our coalition is over 170 organizations strong, in addition to thousands of individual supporters across New Mexico.
What We’ve Achieved
Since 2003, the Campaign’s membership has grown from 28 organizations to over 160—the largest coalition in the history of our state—and the Health Security Plan is supported by thousands of people throughout the state.
Since 2006, 36 counties and municipalities have passed resolutions in support of Health Security, from liberal Santa Fe to conservative Roswell.
In 2006, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., completed a study of three health care reform models in New Mexico: two of the models were based on the private insurance system, and the third was based on the Health Security Plan. The study found that only the Health Security Plan would save money.
During the development of the federal Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), the Campaign worked with other groups around the country to make sure that waiver language was included in the final law. The Waiver for State Innovation Provision, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2017, allows states to develop a different paradigm—like the Health Security Plan—to cover the uninsured and control costs.
The 2015 Health Security Act was endorsed by the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee. Just one committee vote prevented the bill from going to the Senate floor for a full vote.
In 2017, for the first time in the Campaign’s history, the Health Security Act made it to the House floor.
In 2017, the Health Security Plan Analysis Act (a shortened version of the Health Security Act that focused on the fiscal analysis phase)—passed the full House of Representatives.
New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has declared her support for Health Security.
In 2019, a memorial in support of costing out the Health Security Plan passed the full House of Representatives.
The 2019 NM legislature set aside funding to complete a fiscal analysis of the Health Security Plan. Once the results are in, the Health Security Act will be re-introduced.
We continue to move forward toward our goal of putting the Health Security Plan in place!