The Amputee Coalition will be resuming efforts to introduce and pass Insurance Fairness for Amputees in 2020. Representative Liz Thomson has agreed to continue acting as the sponsor for this legislation. We are actively seeking advocates to support efforts to pass the legislation.
State Government Information
The Democratic Party controls both chambers of the State Legislature and the Office of the Governor.
New Mexico’s State Legislature works on a two year cycle. Sessions runs from January until March in the first year and from January to February during the second.
The Office of Governor has an election every four years that coincides with Congressional Mid-Term Elections. The next election will be held in 2022. An individual elected to the Office of the Governor can serve two consecutive terms. The Governor is responsible for signing legislation into law and granting formal proclamations, such as Limb Loss Awareness Month.
The New Mexico Department of Insurance is a state department falling under the executive branch of New Mexico’s government. An independent state board appoints the Commissioner of Insurance to observe the oversight of the insurance industry. The Department provides information about insurance coverage and the ability to file a complaint against an insurance provider.
Prior to the 2019 introduction, the New Mexico State Legislature had not considered Insurance Fairness for Amputees legislation. The 2019 efforts to pass HB70 were unsuccessful with it dying in the Senate Public Affairs Committee. HB70 passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 55 to 7.
The Amputee Coalition needs support from the limb loss/difference community. If you are interested in aiding our efforts: