Earlier today, United States of Care submitted testimony in support of Senate Bill 15 in the New Mexico Senate. This legislation provides important oversight of health system mergers and acquisitions to ensure New Mexicans are protected from the negative impacts of health care consolidation. Health care consolidation in New Mexico and nationwide, which has led to less competition and higher prices for patients, usually with no corresponding increase in quality of care.
As people continue to face the impact of hospital consolidation – including facility fees – legislation like this will go a long way in delivering transparency and fairness for people seeking care. We applaud the bill’s sponsors for introducing this legislation and look forward to the opportunity for New Mexico to join the 13 states with laws requiring state entity review and approval of some or all health care transactions which takes into consideration the impact on health care access and affordability for people.