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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