Armstrong Bill to Improve Primary Care Passes First Senate Committee

The Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee on Friday unanimously passed Rep. Armstrong’s bill to create a Primary Care Council to re-vision and re-design primary care in the state.        

“Primary care saves lives by focusing on wellness and diagnosing illnesses sooner,” Armstrong said. “By bringing together experts to work with the Human Services Department to look at key questions such as funding primary care, recruiting more primary care physicians, and focusing on outcomes, not services, we can save lives and improve quality of life in New Mexico.”

HB 67, which is supported by the Human Services Department, establishes the council within the Department. The council will be integrated into the Department’s existing work, so no additional funding is required.

“The Governor and the Secretary of Human Services understand the importance of primary care and they are ready to work with the council and medical providers around the state to make health care accessible to everyone,” Armstrong said.

The council, which will consist of 9 voting members and 13 advisory members, will report annually to the Interim Health and Human Services Committee to make recommendations to improve delivery of primary care services.

The bill is also supported by AARP and the Academy of American Pediatrics.

HB 67 now goes to the Senate Tax, Business & Transportation Committee for consideration.

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About Rep. Armstrong: Debbie, Chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee, is a long-time health care advocate serving her second term in the New Mexico House of Representatives. Having started her career as a physical therapist, she has worked extensively as a health care administrator, working 10 years with Presbyterian Medical Services in Santa Fe. Prior to serving as Secretary of New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Terms Services Department, she oversaw the department’s Consumer and Elder Rights Division. Debbie is the mother of three adult children and became a grandmother last year. She lives in Albuquerque’s North Valley.  Follow her on Twitter @NMRepArmstrong and on Facebook, and sign up for email and text updates.

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