Lawmakers question hefty payments to Arizona providers

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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 7:36 am, Tue Jul 1, 2014.

Last summer, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration assured lawmakers the state would need no more than $17.85 million in emergency funds to help a handful of Arizona companies take over mental health services from 15 New Mexico providers that had been accused of fraud.

By the end of the year, the Arizona companies had billed the state nearly $24 million.

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  • Mary Helen Follingstad posted at 4:17 pm on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    mary helen Posts: 1

    Worth following after seeing all the advance negative ads on King by the Martinez war chest of campaign funds.

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 10:19 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 188

    Another example of Ideology trumping Reality AND SANITY AND COMMON SENSE, and designed to destroy the accountable public services and replace it with the "unaccountable" private for - profit private services And once again hadn't it got caught with Martines' hand in the cookie jar, it would i.e. exposed, it would have gone unnoticed. And yes indeed a mayor investigation is indicated so ALL the facts are known at least to those of us who pay for them. And they say you get the government you deserve; not in this case. !!

  • Ella NM posted at 9:19 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    Ella NM Posts: 3

    It is clear that the Governor's Administration conspired to close down these non-profits long before the results of the audits would have indicated a need to do so. Not only that, how and why the Arizona outfits were chosen, again, long before they were needed is highly suspicious. The fact that they were paid such exorbitant fees--ironically, none of which would have been possible under Medicaid billing rules--is a damning indication that this whole endeavor quite likely broke the law. Forget the NM AG investigating this mess--it's time to bring in the US Department of Justice. We clearly have more going on here than AG King can possibly begin to deal with.

    Martinez was recruited to the governors office by people who know what a weak and easily seduced fool she really is: a mediocre DA fish in a small pond, who has an extremely large ego developed from being sheltered in a position of power where her community didn't look too closely at the inner workings of her office. Hopefully, that is coming to an end.

  • Bill Salopek posted at 9:00 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    Bill Salopek Posts: 8

    THROW SUSANA IN JAIL...along with all the others who conspired in this mess. This whole thing stinks of MASSIVE fraud, lies, and corruption.

    Contracts/monies to Arizona companies even before the audits were started? Audits which are now showing NO wrongdoing by New Mexico companies? How much more corrupt can it get?

    New Mexico companies and our own citizens who need mental health care have suffered mightily because of all this. This is corruption of the worst kind,


  • Cathy McManus posted at 8:13 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    CMcManus Posts: 40

    This whole thing sounds so shady and NM got ripped off by these AZ companies and Martinez and her administration should be investigated . Start by checking all of their bank accounts for any $ influx not related to salaries. I smell a rat!

  • STEVE Solano posted at 7:39 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    gpa Posts: 14

    Accused YES convicted of fraud? NO. What happened to innocent until proven GUILTY. As a prosecutor Martinez should have known better. I'm wondering how much Jay, and his AZ cronies' had to do with this. WAKE UP New Mexico voters. We do not need this kind of Governor. She is not one of us.

  • AnneShirley posted at 7:28 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    AnneShirley Posts: 3

    Very sad. I tried to make an appointment at Agave for my child, but they only take Medicaid. They hadn't negotiated a private insurance pay plan. This happened in May. We did get into UNM though. It just sucks driving up there. Martinez is corrupt just like all of them. That's why NM never changes for the better.

  • Eli Chavez posted at 6:32 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    Eli Chavez Posts: 25

    This scandal will expose Governor Martinez true colors. Millions of dollars? What a deal for the AZ provider. Once the AZ Provider took over the provider fired New Mexicans and took care of their friends from AZ and probably Martinez. Did the AZ Provider return $$$$$$$ (bucks) back to Martinez? A/G King needs to investigate this potential corruption case which appears to be a rip off of New Mexicans hard earned Tax Dollars. Thank you, SF New Mexican. Keep us informed. .

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:46 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 566

    Martinez felt it better to be proactive in defrauding New Mexican citizens, by shifting many million$ to truly professional "in your face" out-of-state rip-off companies. Will our public-servant representatives do anything about it? Not likely; they scared of woman with more balls than them.

  • Tveech67 posted at 12:00 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    Tveech67 Posts: 2

    Thanks to the New Mexican and the lawmakers who continue to ask questions about this debacle and keep the public informed.


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