Governor Lujan Grisham and Senate Leaders Announce Medical Malpractice Fix
SANTA FE — Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Senate Republican Leader, Senator Greg Baca (R-Belen), and Senate Democratic Leader, Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe), announced a compromise to fix New Mexico's medical malpractice problem. Senate Bill 523, sponsored by Leader Baca and Leader Wirth, is a long-term fix to the malpractice insurance crisis that threatened to put independent providers and outpatient facilities in New Mexico out of business. The bill is the culmination of weeks-long negotiations between key stakeholders, brokered by Leader Baca and Leader Wirth.
Senator Baca issued the following statement:
“I want to thank the doctors and patients who voiced their concerns regarding this looming healthcare crisis. We all recognize the need for quality, accessible healthcare for New Mexicans and sufficient protections for our patients. This agreement is a testament to the progress we can make when we put the health and well-being of our citizens above politics.”
“During the interim, our Senate Republican Leadership team traveled the state to listen to our state’s doctors’ concerns. We are incredibly proud that today, we made a major stride in improving the environment for them to practice in New Mexico.”
The bill passed the Senate Tax, Business, and Transportation Committee today with unanimous, bipartisan support. The bill will now head to the Senate Floor.