Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Senate Bills Address Need for Physicians.(New Mexico)

Byline: Winthrop Quigley Journal Staff Writer

Two bills designed to keep physicians practicing in New Mexico and bring new medical specialists to the state have been introduced in Congress by Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., they announced Friday.

Domenici's bill would increase Medicare reimbursement to physicians in New Mexico and Mississippi by 5 percent for three years under a demonstration project.

The bill requests no additional appropriation, but Senate staffers last summer had estimated the cost of such a measure at about $50 million for both states over three years, according to Domenici spokesman Chris Gallegos.

Bingaman hopes to increase by up to 15 percent the number of physicians practicing specialties that are underrepresented in New Mexico and Mississippi by providing up to $125,000 per physician for 30 physicians' educational loans each year as part of a 10-year pilot project. …

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