Kelsey McCowan Heilman
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Kelsey’s work at the Center on Law and Poverty has focused on healthcare reform implementation in New Mexico. She is a leader in the New Mexico Health Care for All Coalition and is the former co-chair of the Consumer Stakeholder Advisory Group to the New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform. Primary research and advocacy efforts have focused on the Medicaid Expansion in New Mexico, Health Insurance Exchange implementation (especially as it relates to coordination with Medicaid), and affordability of coverage low-income adults in the Exchange.
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Examines the affordability of coverage in the Health Insurance Exchange for adults with incomes between 138% and 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and evaluates the potential of a Basic Health Program to improve affordability and quality of coverage for this low-income population.
Looks at the benefits to New Mexico of expanding Medicaid pursuant to the Affordable Care Act by analyzing state general fund costs and benefits, economic development and workforce issues, and potential impact on health and economic security of low-income families.
Makes recommendations for the development of a strong, consumer-focused Health Insurance Exchange in New Mexico.