Healthier Communities

Support Well-being and Independence

With a “single payer” health care system, New Mexicans would not be able to keep their doctors and keep their plans.   It is a pipe dream and a recipe for disaster which bankrupts the private sector, expands government control, and incurs massive tax hikes!
Instead, we need a robust, fiscally sustainable health care market for both private and public health insurance.  Let’s allow individuals and families, not government bureaucrats, to have the final say when it comes to their health care!    There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to people; their circumstances, their background, and individual needs are unique. That’s why I will be a strong advocate for policies expand choices in health care.
New Mexico’s shortage of health care providers is a serious problem that impacts health outcomes.  Our system emphasizes the treatment of diseases, rather than their prevention. We must prioritize community driven initiatives that encourage good nutrition, health education, wellness exams, and exercise.
We need a team of health care providers, teachers, first responders, and small businesses that work together to strengthen health care.
Healthier communities are stronger communities!
We must find workable solutions for the opioid crisis in New Mexico, especially in Rio Arriba County.  As a deeply multi-generational problem, it is destroying our children and our communities. Dependence and overdose are causing the highest death rates in the nation. I applaud Governor Martinez’s commitment to fight our state’s epidemic, as well as the Presidential administration’s funding for such efforts.  I support proposals to restrict online sales, adequately fund law enforcement, and invest in rehab facilities.   I applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for passing historic, comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to fight the epidemic.
Telemedicine, that meets the standards of care, can vastly improve access in the rural areas!   NM is one of the top states for coverage and reimbursement of telemedicine services.  Let’s build on this:  it’s the future!