Aftershocks from the abrupt decision a year ago to shake up behavioral health service for New Mexicans are still being felt today.
Most importantly, clients across New Mexico say service is not the same and that people are suffering. Costs are soaring. To date, payments to out-of-state providers — managed care was shifted from 15 New Mexico firms to companies in Arizona — have shot up past $24 million. And so far, there is little evidence of the widespread fraud that was given as the reason for dumping New Mexico providers.
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