Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Breakup of Human Services Considered by Lawmakers.(New Mexico)

Byline: S.U. Mahesh Journal Capitol Bureau

Medicaid Would Be Run in Own Agency

SANTA FE Some lawmakers are considering breaking up the embattled Human Services Department and creating a new agency that would exclusively administer Medicaid benefits to the poor.

"We will probably recommend, by bill, that Medicaid be a free-standing agency," said Sen. Ben Altamirano, chairman of the Legislative Finance Committee.

Altamirano, D-Silver City, charged that Human Services is plagued by financial and managerial problems.

"By breaking up (the department), we're trying to make it more efficient," Altamirano said.

The Legislative Finance Committee is expected to discuss the details of the proposal and make recommendations Friday. …

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