Michelle Lujan Grisham released her plan to build a Healthcare System that Works for all New Mexicans. The action plan details the nine steps she will immediately take as governor to make healthcare more accessible to New Mexico families.

“Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege,” said Michelle Lujan Grisham. “Too many New Mexicans suffer from a healthcare system that is understaffed, hard to understand, and not affordable. As governor, I will immediately take action to bring stakeholders from around the state and country to the table to build a healthcare system that delivers accessible, high-quality, and affordable healthcare to all New Mexicans.”

Michelle’s action plan to make high-quality healthcare accessible to all New Mexicans consists of nine steps:

  1. Maximize federal funding for Medicaid, opioid addiction treatment, and other core healthcare needs to help build up our workforce, infrastructure, and delivery system.
  2. Protect New Mexicans from the destructive policies of the Trump Administration and the GOP Congress by ensuring ongoing insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and implementing a Medicaid buy-in program.
  3. Make the healthcare system easier to understand and simpler to use, and let providers spend more time taking care of patients, instead of dealing with bureaucracy.
  4. Recruit and retain more healthcare providers and increase incentives for them to work in rural communities.
  5. Fix our broken behavioral health system by rebuilding New Mexico’s behavioral health provider infrastructure and ensuring we have the necessary continuum of care.
  6. Drive down healthcare costs through innovative strategies that harness the state’s purchasing power in Medicaid and public employee and retiree health plans and drive down drug costs.
  7. Support prevention and public health initiatives that will reduce the need for healthcare services, address the social determinants of health, and keep our families and communities safe and healthy.
  8. Prioritize policies that meet the needs of New Mexico’s most vulnerable populations, including children, seniors, persons with disabilities, Native Americans, immigrants, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
  9. Build system capacity to provide services to 4,500 people with developmental disabilities and their families, who currently have to wait more than a decade to receive services through the Developmental Disabilities (DD) waiver program, and seek a support services waiver to help provide some temporary relief to families on the waiting list.

You can read the full policy here.

Additionally, New Mexicans for Michelle announced the names of more than 150 healthcare leaders who trust Michelle Lujan Grisham to be our next governor and ensure that all New Mexicans have access to high-quality healthcare. They include nurses, physicians, mental and behavioral health specialists, and essential healthcare aides from across New Mexico:

  • Danielle Abeyta, RN, Albuquerque
  • Abinash Achrekar, MD, Albuquerque
  • Kathleen Allen, MD, Albuquerque
  • Shannon Allen, CRNA, Hobbs
  • Dale Alverson, MD, Albuquerque
  • Charles Anderson, MD, Taos
  • Angelica Archuleta, RT, Taos
  • Ruben Archuleta, RT, Alcalde
  • Milena Archuleta, FNP-BC, MBA, Albuquerque
  • Jennifer Armenta, Health Assistant, Albuquerque
  • Karen Armitage, MD, Santa Fe
  • Sanjeev Arora, MD, Albuquerque
  • Fallon Bader, RDN, Albuquerque
  • Bea Balsamo, PA, Dixon
  • Diane Baptista, Nurse, Albuquerque
  • Noelle Barody, Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Albuquerque
  • Patricia Bartels, Physical Therapist, Albuquerque
  • Cheyenne Beardsley, Health Coach, Albuquerque
  • Phyllis Bergman, NP, Cedar Crest
  • Elizabeth R Berrey, Phd, RNCS, Albuquerque
  • Ian Bicol, CRNA, Roswell
  • Beth Black, Physical Therapist, Albuquerque
  • Charles Bonfanti, PA, El Prado
  • Mary Breault, RN, Albuquerque
  • Joanna Brightwater, NP, Bosque Farms
  • Stephen Broderson, DDS, Santa Fe
  • Jennifer Bryan, RN, Albuquerque
  • Renee Butler-Lewis, MD, Albuquerque
  • Lionel Candelaria, Surgeon, Albuquerque
  • Christa Castro, PA, Taos
  • Marissa Chacon, Pharmacist, Peñasco
  • Linda Chase, RN, Arroyo Seco
  • Katherine Chavez, RN, Albuquerque
  • Lance Chilton, MD, Albuquerque
  • Jacques Choniard, Paramedic, Albuquerque
  • Linda Corbet, RN, Santa Fe
  • Donna Curran, RN, Albuquerque
  • Teresa Dalke, RT, Arroyo Seco
  • Buzz C Daniel-Toy, BSN, ACRN, Alcalde
  • Lou Ann Darras, Psychotherapist, Albuquerque
  • Linda Divincenzo, RN, Albuquerque
  • Gloria Doherty, NP, Albuquerque
  • Jessica Doke, RN, Albuquerque
  • Jean Dunlap, RN, Albuquerque
  • Paul Dunn, DDS, Albuquerque
  • Jason Duprat, BSN, MSA, CRNA, Albuquerque
  • Elizabeth Dyer, CRNA, Albuquerque
  • Karen Endacott, MD, Santa Fe
  • Lucus Enslin, NP, Albuquerque
  • Brian Etheridge, MD, FAAP, Silver City
  • Elizabeth Etherton, NP, Albuquerque
  • Molly Faulkner, NP, Albuquerque
  • Jan Fawcett, MD, Santa Fe
  • Georgena Felicia, Psychotherapist, Albuquerque
  • Lucy Whyte Ferguson, Chiropractor, El Prado
  • James Gallegos, RPH, Chimayo
  • Jesus Galvan, DDS, Albuquerque
  • Erika Gonzales, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Los Lunas
  • Deborah Good, Psychotherapist, Albuquerque
  • Rhonda Gutierrez, Mental Health Therapist, Roswell
  • Judy Henry, RN, Santa Fe
  • Judith Henry, RN, Santa Fe
  • Libby Hopkins, RN, Albuquerque
  • Nate Huff, Orthopedic Surgeon, Albuquerque
  • Fernando Indacochea, MD, Las Cruces
  • Denise Inight, RN, Albuquerque
  • Geilan Ismail, MD, Taos
  • Luis Izquierdo, MD, Albuquerque
  • Debra Jaccard, Psychiatric NP, Bernalillo
  • Martha Jaramillo, RN, Arroyo Seco
  • Ashley Jaramillo, MD, Albuquerque
  • Maria Jaunakais, Audiologist, Albuquerque
  • Steve Jenison, MD, Dixon
  • Melinda Jochems, Pharmacist, Albuquerque
  • Gregory Jochems, MD, Albuquerque
  • Devan Keane, CRNA, Albuquerque
  • Patricia Keane, MS, RD, Albuquerque
  • Martin Kistin, MD, Associate Director of Project ECHO, Albuquerque
  • Audra Kochansky, CRNA, Albuquerque
  • Chris Larranaga, Case Manager, Albuquerque
  • Reuben Last, MD, Albuquerque
  • Rachel Leung, MS, RDN, Albuquerque
  • Amy Maestas, RT, Taos
  • Davina Maestas, RT(R)(M)(CT), Taos
  • Alan Mahrenholz, PhD Cardiac Sonographer, Taos
  • Michelle Martinez, RT, Albuquerque
  • Tony Martinez, LMT, Albuquerque
  • Kori Martinez, RN, Albuquerque
  • Barbara McAneny, MD, CEO of NM Cancer Center, Albuquerque
  • Jennie McCary, MS, RDN, Albuquerque
  • Cate McClain, MD, Los Ranchos
  • Jane McGrath, MD, Albuquerque
  • Peggy McNamara, RN, Santa Fe
  • Ellyn T Medrano, COTA/L, Albuquerque
  • Greg Mertz, MD, Albuquerque
  • Candi Miller-Morris, RN, Roswell
  • Sandy Mishkin, RN, MSN, MEd, Albuquerque
  • Kelly Mitchell, RN, Moriarty
  • Barbara Mohon, Registered Dental Hygienist, Santa Fe
  • Gilbert Montoya, RT, Santa Fe
  • Melissa Moore, Midwife, Albuquerque
  • Belinda Mori, NP, Albuquerque
  • Commissioner Ralph Moya, Behavioral Health Specialist, Tucumcari
  • Chris Mroz, CRNA, Albuquerque
  • Tapuwa "Doreen" Mupfumira, MD, Albuquerque
  • Maggie Nechvatal, MPH, RN, Albuquerque
  • Than-tam Nguyen, Certified Nurse Midwife, Albuquerque
  • Patrick Nuzzo, DN, Santa Fe
  • Kathleen O'Malley, Therapist, Albuquerque
  • Steven Padilla, MD, Albuquerque
  • Diane Paolazzi, NP, Santa Fe
  • Nancy Passikoff, RN, Raton
  • Pat Payne, Certified Nurse Midwife, Los Ranchos
  • Michelle Peacock, NP, Albuquerque
  • David Peer, Chiropractor, Albuquerque
  • Sandra Penn, MD, Albuquerque, NM
  • Joyce Phillips, MD, Albuquerque
  • Charlotte Pickett, MD, Albuquerque
  • Michael Pridham, Chiropractor, Albuquerque
  • Anita Ralstin, Family NP, Albuquerque
  • Sylvia Ramos, MD, Albuquerque
  • Sandra Reiger, RN, Los Lunas
  • Sara Robbins, RDN, Albuquerque
  • Stephanie Rogus, PhD, RDN, Las Cruces
  • Jessica Alcon Romero, CFNP, Taos
  • Marcos Romero, RT(R), Taos
  • Tom Rothfeld, MD, Albuquerque
  • Stasia Ruskie, RN, Albuquerque
  • Ernesto Santistevan, Clinical Psychologist, Santa Fe
  • Mariam Savabi, MD, Albuquerque
  • Tom Scharmen, MPH, Albuquerque
  • Nicole Seitz, Mental Health Counselor, Albuquerque
  • Fallon Shane, RD, Albuquerque
  • David Siegel, MD, Los Ranchos
  • John Sloan, MD, Albuquerque
  • Shannon Starkey, RN, Albuquerque
  • Juliette Sweet, Naturopathic ND, NSAYU, Jemez
  • Bill Syme, MD, Albuquerque
  • Bob Tilley, RN, Albuquerque
  • Tisha Tyler, RN, Peñasco
  • Mark Unverzagt, MD, Albuquerque
  • Dona Upson, MD, Albuquerque
  • Joe Valles, DDS, Albuquerque
  • Catherine Veilleux, NP, Espanola
  • Rochelle Vineyard, Dental Assistant, Albuquerque
  • Anna Voltura, Surgical Oncologist, Santa Fe
  • Ron Voorhees, MD, MPH, Santa Fe
  • Teresa Watson, RN, Albuquerque
  • Renee Wilkins, Psy.D., MP, Grants
  • Cheryl Willman, MD, Albuquerque
  • Denita Wolf, RN, BCHS, MPH, Placitas
  • Barak Wolff, MPH, Santa Fe
  • Jocelyn Wu, OB/GYN, Albuquerque
  • Melanie Yanke, RN Midwife, Albuquerque
  • Lizzy Young, Radiologist, Albuquerque
  • Bee Zollo, RN, Santa Fe

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