Where do America’s Most Uninsured States Stand on the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion?

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez speaks in Santa Fe. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez speaks in Santa Fe. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico: Opting in
22.6% uninsured

Initially, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, a Republican (but former Democrat), said she was worried about the price tag of the Medicaid expansion and sent the U.S. Health and Human Services Department a letter asking for more information before she made her up her mind. “We have an obligation to provide an adequate level of basic health care services for those most in need in our state. However, we also have an obligation to ensure our state’s financial security,” she said. “In deciding to expand Medicaid, I weighed every possible outcome and impact. Ultimately, this decision comes down to what is best for New Mexicans.”

In January, she became the second Republican governor to join the expansion when she announced her decision to opt in, saying it was “best for New Mexicans.”

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