Think New Mexico Launches Health Care Affordability Initiative

TNM News:

Think New Mexico is launching a new initiative to make health care more affordable by increasing transparency and ending price discrimination.

These reforms are aimed at making it possible for patients to shop around for the highest quality, most affordable health care by providing price and quality information for common medical procedures on a user-friendly public website, similar to those in fourteen other states (five more states are currently developing them).

In addition, we propose to end the practice of price discrimination, in which patients at the same hospital receiving the same treatment from the same doctor are charged different prices depending on who is paying the bills. Perversely, uninsured patients often end up being charged the most under this system. This price discrimination creates enormous complexity for health care providers, insurers, and patients, and eliminating it can save New Mexicans hundreds of millions of dollars by reducing unnecessary administrative waste.

Help make these reforms a reality by contacting your legislators and Governor Martinez and asking for their support.

In the coming months, Think New Mexico will be advocating for not only these new health care affordability reforms, but also for the job creation proposals it developed last year–as well as fighting ongoing efforts to reimpose the food tax and to reduce the percentage of lottery revenues going to New Mexico’s college students. Click here to read more about all of Think New Mexico’s current and past policy initiatives.

Think New Mexico

Think New Mexico is a results-oriented think tank whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans, especially those who lack a strong voice in the political process. We fulfill this mission by educating the public, the media, and policymakers about some of the most serious challenges facing New Mexico and by developing and advocating for effective, comprehensive, sustainable solutions.

Our approach is to perform and publish sound, nonpartisan, independent research. Unlike many think tanks, Think New Mexico does not subscribe to any particular ideology. Instead, because New Mexico is at or near the bottom of so many national rankings, our focus is on promoting workable solutions.

Consistent with our nonpartisan approach, Think New Mexico’s board is composed of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. They are statesmen and stateswomen, who have no agenda other than to see New Mexico succeed. They are also the brain trust of this think tank.

Think New Mexico began its operations on January 1, 1999. It is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In order to maintain its independence, Think New Mexico does not accept state government funding. However, contributions from individuals, businesses, and foundations are welcomed, encouraged and tax-deductible.