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AT NOON: A large coalition of community advocates have sent a letter to Governor Martinez today urging her to approve the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. (listen)
(2012-07-18)
(KSFR) - New Mexico Voices for Children, the family advocacy group is among a large coalition of healthcare providers, faith-based organizations, community leaders and labor unions announcing today that they've sent a letter to Governor Martinez urging her to expand Medicaid for our state's low-income residents under provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The letter lists multiple ways in which the Medicaid expansion would benefit the state in terms of health outcomes and economic stimulus including an annual savings of $40-to-$60 million as the state would no longer need to fund the State Coverage Insurance Program. Many of the governor's republican counterparts in other states have said they will not participate in such a Medicaid expansion. That ability to opt out was confirmed by the Supreme Court ruling last month that found most of the Affordable Care Act to be constitutional. Martinez has not clarified her position since the high court ruling but did send a letter in 2011 to New Mexico's congressional delegation urging them to repeal the healthcare law.

Coming up a bit later, we'll be speaking with Nick Estus, deputy policy director of New Mexico Voices for Children. He also serves on the task force charged with oversight of the Health Insurance Exchange program that's part of the Patient Protection and Affordable care Act.

Santa Fe's school board has reorganized the city's school districts but also voted to keep the number of members on the board at five instead of increasing it to seven. At last night's meeting, they reviewed population data from the latest census. It showed population shifts further to the southside where more voters would be underrepresented with the current boundaries. At the same time, board members rejected the idea of adding two new members. In other action, the board approved a salary of $171,000 a year for the newly appointed school superintendent Joel Boyd.

City and county elected officers will meet tomorrow on the question of annexing some 10,000 acres of land that sits adjacent to city limits. It's an issue that has been on hold for several years as challenges to it moved through the courts. The plan would call for the annexation to take place in phases over a period of five years.

As KSFR News was first to report, the Santa Fe Indian School is taking the first public steps in its proposal to open up some of its campus to commercial development. In a rare public statement, school officials said any development would not include sales of alcohol or tobacco, and it would not include a casino. Federal legislation that could open the door to commercial activity on the campus has passed the House of Representatives. It goes now to the U.S. Senate, where Sen. Tom Udall tells KSFR it would require a great deal of study. *** clip

The New Mexico Environment Department holds a public meeting next week in Farmington to discuss best approaches for reining in haze created by the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station. The aim is to discuss viable alternatives than those plans previously adopted by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the State of New Mexico. Those called for utility giant PNM to apply retrofit technology the company says carries extremely burdensome costs that they would have to pass on to customers. The EPA rule, issued last year, gives PNM and the San Juan plant's other eight owners five years to cut pollutants that reduce visibility in national parks and wilderness areas.

Residential and auto burglaries in Santa Fe are both down more than 50% in July compared to the same period last year according to the Santa Fe Police Department's latest statistics. The Santa Fe Police Department is attributing the drop to Operation Full Court Press undertaken last month which aims to reduce property crime by focusing on repeat offenders and high crime areas. Police note that the vast majority of crimes are motivated by a need by substance abusers to support their drug habit. Mayor David Coss co-hosts a forum today with the Drug Policy Alliance that will look at a program designed to break the cycle of addiction and crime.

The Santa Fe Police Department has launched a web-based reporting system that will allow the public to file certain incident types over the internet at their convenience. Examples include minor theft, vehicle burglary, lost property, hit & run, etc. The service was created to allow the public to file a report at a time that is best for them without having to wait for an officer to respond or call them back. The public will be able to print a temporary copy of the report. Upon review by law enforcement, a return email will confirm the incident is logged within the police department's management system and is under investigation. More information can be found at the santafenm--dot--gov website.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny today with highs in the mid 80s. A 20% chance for an afternoon shower or thunderstorm increasing to 40% this evening. Mostly sunny skies Thursday, highs again in the mid 80s and 30% chance for precipitation.
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