Health Care & Wellness

When I meet with communities across our state, one of the top concerns I hear about is the rising cost of health care. That’s why I’m focused on improving access to affordable, quality health care for all New Mexicans. 

As a proud supporter of the Affordable Care Act, I know prevention and early intervention are cost effective and lead to healthier families.  Health insurance, prevention, and value for your health care dollars are at the heart of the health reform law.

As a result of the Affordable Care Act, young people can stay on their parents' health care until age 26, insurance companies are required to spend more of your premium dollars on care, and millions of Americans enjoy preventive services like screenings for cancer and diabetes without cost-sharing. And soon, insurance companies will be barred from refusing coverage to any American due to pre-existing conditions. The Affordable Care Act also makes Medicare stronger by adding new benefits, fighting fraud, cutting costs, and improving care for patients.


  • Heinrich Urges Increased Funding For Affordable Housing

    April 23, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 40 of his colleagues on a bipartisan letter urging increased funding for the Section 4 Capacity Building program. The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Section 4 Program works with local community development organizations to improve affordable housing, finance small businesses, and provide for other community needs. Last year alone, New Mexico organizations received over $215,000 in funding under Section 4 and recipients included organizations like New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority, Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority, Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation, and Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative. Read More

  • Udall, Haaland, New Mexico Delegation Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Federal Legislation to Prohibit School 'Lunch Shaming'

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, along with Senator Martin Heinrich and Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Assistant Speaker of the House, and Xochitl Torres Small, introduced bipartisan legislation to prohibit school "lunch shaming" - the practice of discriminating against or stigmatizing children who have outstanding credit or don't have enough money to pay for meals at school. The Anti-Lunch Shaming Act would ban schools from singling out children — such as by requiring them to wear hand stamps or do extra chores — because their parents or guardians have not paid their school meal bills. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Haaland Announce More Than $114 Million to Indian Health Service for 3 New Mexico Facilities

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Deb Haaland, announced that the Indian Health Service (IHS) allocated $114.2 million in funding to continue planning and construction for three key New Mexico facilities. The award will enable IHS to move forward with critical projects at three facilities, including $87.2 million to complete replacement of Pueblo Pintado Health Center in Crownpoint, $25 million to fund the construction of a new Albuquerque West Health Center in Albuquerque, and $2 million in planning funds for the replacement of the Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand RECA to include Tularosa Downwinders, Post-1971 Uranium Workers

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2019.  The legislation would expand coverage of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to cover victims in New Mexico including the Tularosa Downwinders and Post-1971 Uranium Workers, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Guam.    Read More

  • VIDEO: Heinrich Calls On Secretary Perry To Focus On Safety And Cleanup

    March 28, 2019) - Today, in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) asked U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty about their commitment to safety and environmental cleanup at Department of Energy (DOE) sites and facilities. Read More

  • N.M. lawmakers target PFAS contamination

    Democratic Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich along with Rep. Ben Ray Luján introduced companion legislation to authorize the Defense Department to use funds to provide clean water for agricultural purposes to areas affected by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich, Luján Introduce Legislation to Provide Relief to New Mexico Communities Affected by PFAS

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján introduced a bill to provide relief to communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around Air Force bases in New Mexico and across the country. Udall, Heinrich, and Luján are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to coordinate closely with the state of New Mexico to quickly move forward with remediation plans to clean up contaminated sites and take all necessary steps to prevent further risks to public health. Read More