NM Receiving $1M Grant For Children's Health Care

Jul 3, 2013

New Mexico will receive a $1 million grant from the federal government to help provide medical care to uninsured children.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced the grant Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The money is to help the state enroll more children who are eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Medicaid provides health care for a fourth of the state's population.

About 9 percent of children in New Mexico lacked health insurance in 2011, according to a report released last week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that concluded the state was the worst in the nation when it comes to child well-being. About 7 percent of children nationally were uninsured.

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