Feds: More New Mexicans Got Behavioral Health Services, Not Fewer

Apr 9, 2014

Federal officials say the number of people in New Mexico getting behavioral health services through Medicaid was up, not down, following a state shake-up of the provider network last year.

The Albuquerque Journal says a federal agency says a previously reported 23 percent drop in the number of people getting services reflected only parts of the state, not the entire state.

According to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, statewide data actually showed a 16 percent increase in the number of people served.

State Human Services Department officials had disputed the reported reduction in the number of people served and asked that it be corrected.

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration last year cut off Medicaid funding to 15 nonprofits and replaced 12 of them with new providers.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal.

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