Health Care

Congressman Luján believes that all Americans should have access to affordable, quality medical care. From his seat on the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health, Congressman Luján advocates for increasing access to health care, reducing health disparities, improving the behavioral health system, and combatting the drug abuse that has torn apart too many families in New Mexico.

Preserving the Affordable Care Act

For too long, New Mexico ranked high on the list of the uninsured. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, the number of uninsured New Mexicans has fallen, giving thousands of families the peace of mind that they are no longer one illness or one accident away from financial ruin. Rep. Luján supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and has since opposed House Republican attempts to repeal or undermine health care reform. If the Affordable Care Act is entirely or even partially repealed, 183,000 New Mexicans who have gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act could lose their coverage. Moving forward, Rep. Lujan believes that Congress should work in a bipartisan effort to strengthen the law and make improvements that will further lower costs and increase access to care for New Mexicans and the American people.

For more resources on how the Affordable Care Act affects you, visit our Affordable Care Act resources page

Combating Substance Abuse

Rep. Luján recognizes that the drug crisis is tearing apart the fabric of New Mexican communities, and continues to lead the fight in combating substance abuse. The New Mexico’s Health Department puts the accidental drug overdose rate at 24.3 per hundred-thousand, more than double the national average.  In two counties in the 3rd district, the overdose rate is more than five times the national average. 

While there are many dedicated individuals who are working as hard as they can to help our friends and neighbors who are struggling with drug abuse, it is clear that the only way we can make significant progress is by making the necessary investments to make treatment and prevention more accessible. With the support of 97 House Democrats, Rep. Luján introduced the Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act of 2016. The proposal was ultimately approved by Congress and provides more than $1 billion in funding to combat opioid abuse. This is a crucial step forward in the fight against our national substance abuse epidemic, and will make a real difference in people’s lives. Rep. Luján is proud to have played a role in securing these resources. He is determined to build on this success and work to eliminate the devastating impact of substance abuse on our communities.  

In addition, Rep. Luján introduced the Improving Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Act, which reauthorizes a residential treatment program that provides a wide range of services designed to help pregnant women and women with small children who struggle with addiction. The bill also creates a pilot program allowing states to fund innovative service models, providing greater flexibility to expand services, particularly in rural communities. This bipartisan legislation was signed into law through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016(CARA).

Rep. Luján also partnered with Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Florida to combat prescription drug abuse and fraud by creating a “lock in” program within Medicare to effectively respond to people who may inflict harm on themselves by overusing prescription medication. This legislation, which was also signed into law as part of CARA, prevents recipients from filling the same prescription at multiple pharmacies, reducing the incidence of prescription drug abuse and improving the safety and health of our communities. 

Increased Access to Behavioral Health Services in New Mexico

 When the State of New Mexico unnecessarily suspended payments to 15 behavioral health providers, vulnerable New Mexicans experienced disruptions in services, and providers were forced to close their doors. In response, Rep. Luján introduced legislation to protect access to vital services and ensure continuity of care. The Medicaid Program Integrity Enhancement Act protects Medicaid patients by establishing clear guidelines that ensure state agencies investigating allegations of fraud do so in a manner that both protects health care consumers and affords due process of law to the health care provider.

In an effort to prioritize state investments in behavioral health systems, Rep. Luján introduced the Behavioral Health Infrastructure Improvement Act. The bill provides an enhanced Federal Medicaid match for states that invest in and improve their behavioral health infrastructure, data, and access to care for Medicaid patients. The bill also provides grants for states to create an office of behavioral health assistance or behavioral health ombudsman.

Rep. Luján also introduced the Peer Support Specialist Act to address the significant shortage of mental health professionals across the United States. The bill enhances the peer professional workforce by creating a grant program aimed at developing and providing tuition support for behavioral health paraprofessional training and education programs.

Supporting Medical Research, Innovation, and Cures for Chronic and Deadly Diseases

As a member of the Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health, Rep. Luján was actively engaged in developing the 21st Century Cures Act, which overwhelmingly passed the Congress. This bill allocates $4.8 billion in funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), providing the brightest minds in our country with the support they need to undertake cutting-edge scientific research, and ushering in a new wave of treatments and cures. The bill directs funds toward high-risk, high-reward research and research performed by early stage investigators. It also strengthens NIH’s focus on diversifying the biomedical workforce by requiring it to focus on participation by scientists from underrepresented communities.

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  • Office Locations

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    Washington DC 2231 Rayburn HOB
    Washington, D.C, 20515
    Ph: (202) 225-6190
    Fax: (202) 226-1528
       
    Santa Fe Office 1611 Calle Lorca, Suite A
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    Ph: (505) 984-8950
    Fax: (505) 986-5047
       
    Rio Rancho Office 3200 Civic Center NE Suite 330
    Rio Rancho, NM 87144
    Ph: (505) 994-0499
    Fax: (505) 994-0550
       
    Farmington Office 800 Municipal Dr.
    Farmington, NM 87401
    Ph: (505) 324-1005
    Fax: (505) 324-1026
       
    Gallup Office 110 West Aztec Avenue
    Gallup, NM 87301
    Ph: (505) 863-0582
    Fax: (505) 863-0678
       
    Las Vegas Office New Mexico Highland University
    Hewett Hall
    Second Floor, Room 210
    1103 National Avenue
    Las Vegas, NM 87701
    Ph: (505) 454-3038
    Fax: (505) 454-3265
       
    Tucumcari Office 404 W. Route 66 Blvd.
    Tucumcari, NM 88401
    Ph: (575) 461-3029
    Fax: (575) 461-3192