Lawmakers eye subpoena power to get answers on behavioral health shake-up

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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 6:07 pm, Thu Jul 3, 2014.

Democratic lawmakers want to invoke the Legislature’s seldom-used subpoena authority to compel the Martinez administration to answer questions about its abrupt shake-up last year in the behavioral health care system for low-income patients.

Sens. Bill O’Neill and Gerald Ortiz y Pino, both Albuquerque Democrats, issued a statement Wednesday calling for legislative scrutiny of a decision by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration to freeze Medicaid funding for 15 New Mexico providers that were suspected of fraud — and the hiring of five Arizona firms to replace them.

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  • andres paglayan posted at 10:11 pm on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    andres p Posts: 14

    Lately our laws are designed to criminalize even some trivial civil activities.
    Instead of whining, why doesn't the legislature passes laws that criminalizes -painfully obvious to say- the criminal behavior of the governor?

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 10:05 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 190

    Once again "asleep at the wheel" as the saying goes. Why do we even need a Legislative Financial "oversight" ?? Committee when they are used to merely, after the fact, rubber stamp unaccountable decisions by our out of control Governor who answers not to the electorate but to her Right Wing Paymasters like the Koch's and from whose playbook she operates.
    And Susana apparently already has the keys to the Tresurary , both Private and Public, so why ask !

  • Michael Martinez posted at 12:14 am on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    mikemtz2222 Posts: 1

    Federal money is involved. The US Health and Human Services should do a complete audit of this whole debacle. The gov has a history of awarding no bid contracts to contributors. Is this any different?


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