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NM State Senator Muñoz: Saving Rural Hospitals & Quality Healthcare

Updated: May 29

New Mexico State Senator George Muñoz: Legislative Champion Saving 11 Rural Hospitals

Why It Matters to You:

  • Better Healthcare Access & Quality

  • More Rural Doctors and Specialists

  • Hospitals Bring Jobs and Boost the Local Economy

“It was Senator Muñoz’s determined leadership for rural healthcare that made the difference and rescued hospitals in Cibola and six other counties. We are grateful to him.” - New Mexico Lt. Governor Howie Morales

Legislative Champion Saving 11 Rural Hospitals:

Securing $50 million to keep 11 rural hospitals open, including Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital and Cibola General, Senator George Muñoz has been honored by the New Mexico Primary Care Association (NMPCA) as their Legislative Champion for 2024. He was selected for his insightful leadership as Chair of the Legislative Finance Committee and his unwavering support for New Mexico’s primary care safety net clinics, which have been pivotal in maintaining essential healthcare services in our rural areas.

The New Mexico Primary Care Association's Legislative Champion for 2024 is New Mexico State Senator George Muñoz.
The New Mexico Primary Care Association's Legislative Champion for 2024 is New Mexico State Senator George Muñoz.
“Rural and regional hospitals are the heart of our communities, and many are hanging on by a thread. Passing this measure (NM Senate Bill SB 161) and providing this funding is critical to their operations and will help ease some of the very real financial pressures they are facing, allowing them to stay open and prioritize the health and well-being of residents…” - New Mexico State Senator George Muñoz

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Enhanced Healthcare Access:

With Senator Muñoz’s efforts, rural hospitals will remain operational, ensuring that you and your family have access to urgent and routine medical care without the need to travel long distances. This means quicker response times in emergencies and more convenient access to healthcare.

“The signing of this legislation brings immediate assistance to our community by helping us meet the needs of our residents and the thousands of New Mexicans who frequent Elephant Butte State Park and Lake annually. Furthermore, the funds allocated through this legislation will stabilize our current operations and allow us to expand our much-needed behavioral health capacity, surgical services, and establish additional services.” - Frank Cochran, CEO of Sierra Vista Hospital

Increased Medicaid Reimbursement:

Senator Muñoz has championed increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate to 150% of Medicare rates. This significant increase ensures that healthcare providers are fairly compensated, encouraging more doctors and specialists to serve rural areas. On top of that, the legislature also passed NM Senate Bill SB 17, which will bring an additional $1 billion to New Mexico’s health systems, bolstering the financial stability of our hospitals and clinics.

“Nearly a third of rural hospitals in New Mexico are at risk of closure due to financial challenges. This new opportunity allowed in federal regulation to increase Medicaid payments to hospitals is a game-changer that will give New Mexico the resources we sorely need to provide better care in New Mexico." - New Mexico State Senator Elizabeth Stefanics

Economic Stability and Job Security:

Keeping rural hospitals open not only saves lives but also protects jobs. Hospitals are often major employers in rural communities. By securing this funding, Senator Muñoz is safeguarding hundreds of jobs and contributing to the local economy’s stability. These efforts ensure that healthcare workers can continue to live and work in their communities.

“A major part of my work has been to ensure that our rural hospitals, like Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital in our district, STAY OPEN. Without our efforts, this vital hospital would have shut down. Ensuring that everyone has access to healthcare is a top priority for me, and I will continue to pursue avenues that expand our healthcare in McKinley and Cibola Counties.” - New Mexico State Senator George Muñoz
Saved from chopping block: The essential Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services in Gallup, NM
Saved from chopping block: The essential Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services in Gallup, NM

Improved Healthcare Delivery:

The funding and policy changes supported by Senator Muñoz are part of a broader initiative to create a more efficient and effective healthcare delivery system. By increasing funding and improving infrastructure, our healthcare system can provide better services and outcomes for all residents, particularly in underserved rural areas.

Recognition for Getting Results:

Senator Muñoz’s dedication to rural healthcare has not gone unnoticed. The New Mexico Primary Care Association's recognition underscores his leadership and commitment to making healthcare accessible and affordable for everyone in New Mexico. His proactive approach to securing funding and advocating for higher reimbursement rates exemplifies his dedication to serving his constituents.

Vote for Senator George Muñoz June 4th – A Proven Leader for Cibola County

Senator Muñoz’s efforts are a testament to his dedication to our community’s health and prosperity. By ensuring that rural hospitals remain open and financially stable, he protects our access to quality healthcare and supports the local economy. His work directly benefits every resident of District 4, ensuring that we have the resources and support we need to thrive.


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