Heilman

Kelsey McCowan Heilman

Former Staff Attorney, New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty
Areas of Expertise:
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Health Care Reform
  • Medicare & Medicaid

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About Kelsey

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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Publications

"Health Benefit Exchange in New Mexico," Con Alma Collaborative Blueprint 4 Health, August 31, 2011.

Makes recommendations for the development of a strong, consumer-focused Health Insurance Exchange in New Mexico.

"The Medicaid Opportunity in New Mexico," New Mexico Public Health Association, September 30, 2012.

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.

"The Basic Health Program in New Mexico: SM 54/HM 38 Report for New Mexico’s Legislative Finance Committee," New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, October 31, 2012.

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.

In the News

Kelsey McCowan Heilman's research on the state of plans for the health care exchange system in New Mexico discussed in Bryant Furlow. Kelsey McCowan Heilman, "Grant Application Reveals Tension over Health Exchange," New Mexico In Depth, June 15, 2013.
Guest to discuss the needs of underserved families in New Mexico on KUNM’s Women’s Health Today, Kelsey McCowan Heilman, June 22, 2012.
"Medicaid Deal Too Important to Pass Up," Kelsey McCowan Heilman, Albuquerque Journal, October 5, 2012.
"Accepting ACA’s Medicaid Extension Would Save New Mexico $500 Million and Create Healthier, More Prosperous Communities," Kelsey McCowan Heilman, Say Ahhh! Blog, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families, December 5, 2012.
"Moving Forward on Medicaid Opportunity is the Right Thing to Do – A Partial Expansion Would Leave Too Many Behind," Kelsey McCowan Heilman, Say Ahhh! Blog, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families, December 7, 2012.
"New Mexico Says “Yes” to the Medicaid Expansion – And Now the Real Work Begins," Kelsey McCowan Heilman (with Nick Estes), Say Ahhh! Blog, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families, January 31, 2013.