MAR­LENE BACA

Albuquerque Journal - - BUSINESS OUTLOOK -

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer New Mex­ico Health Con­nec­tions Al­bu­querque What do you con­sider to be the top is­sue or con­cern fac­ing New Mex­ico to­day? Why?

Ac­cess to qual­ity health­care for all New Mex­i­cans is my top con­cern be­cause the foun­da­tions for healthy, eco­nom­i­cally vi­able, and thriv­ing com­mu­ni­ties are built by in­vest­ing in the health of in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies.

What do you con­sider to be the top ac­com­plish­ment in the past 5 years in our state? Why?

Since the ad­vent of the Af­ford­able Care Act, New Mex­ico has sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced its unin­sured rate from 21 per­cent to 10 per­cent. In ad­di­tion to help­ing peo­ple get ac­cess to care, this pos­i­tive change has im­por­tant ram­i­fi­ca­tions for lim­it­ing cost in­creases and sup­port­ing the health of our com­mu­ni­ties.

What has in­spired you or been the high­light of your Lead­er­ship New Mex­ico ex­pe­ri­ence so far?

Through di­a­logue with lead­ers from a range of fields, I have been able to ex­pand my aware­ness of the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges our state faces in a more in­te­grated and so­lu­tion-ori­ented way.

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