Health Care & Wellness

Health care is a fundamental right and our goal must be to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable care, no matter their means or where they’re from.

New Mexico faces significant health challenges, including access to care in rural and tribal communities, limited mental health services, and an opioid addiction epidemic. Our state can’t afford to see the impacts of reckless repeal of the Affordable Care Act or efforts to dismantle our nation’s health care system and gut Medicare and Medicaid.

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. I am committed to working with anyone, regardless of party, to advance measures that improve health care access, quality, and affordability. The goal of revising the ACA should be to lower costs for those who already have health benefits and expand access to those who do not currently have coverage.


  • Udall, Heinrich Criticize Trump Administration For Stonewalling Vietnam Veterans Suffering from Agent Orange

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 41 Senate Democrats, have sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump condemning the Administration for stonewalling critical benefits to Vietnam veterans suffering from health conditions associated with their exposure to Agent Orange. In the letter, Senators Udall and Heinrich specifically called on the Administration to stop denying scientific evidence, and end the years-long delay of adding Bladder Cancer, Hypothyroidism, Parkinsonism, and Hypertension to the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) list of service-connected presumptive conditions. Read More

  • Heinrich, Rounds Laud Bipartisan Passage Of Cadillac Tax Repeal

    Dec. 19, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) passed bipartisan legislation to repeal a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as the "Cadillac Tax," which taxes high-cost health insurance plans and impacts middle-class health benefits. Read More

  • Heinrich, Rounds, Courtney, And Kelly To Host Press Call On “Cadillac Tax” Repeal

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 11, at 2 p.m. MT/4 p.m. ET, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and U.S. Representatives Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), will host a teleconference for reporters to discuss their bipartisan effort to repeal the so-called "Cadillac tax" on high premium employer-sponsored health insurance. On the call, new polling will be highlighted that shows Americans are deeply concerned about rising out-of-pocket health costs, and the impact the 40 percent tax has on their deductibles and cost sharing. Read More

  • New Mexico Delegation Unveils Legislation to Rename Las Cruces Veterans Clinic to Honor Veterans and Fallen Soldiers of the Bataan Death March

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) announced legislation to officially designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community outpatient clinic in Las Cruces as the "Las Cruces Bataan Memorial Clinic." Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Vote to Reverse Trump Admin. Effort to Roll Back Pre-Existing Condition Protections for Millions of Americans

    WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to void the Trump administration's recent rule issuing waivers to allow "junk plans" that do not offer full protections for preexisting conditions and fail to provide adequate health insurance. The Trump administration’s rule allows using waivers under section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act to sabotage Americans’ health care and undermine the critical pre-existing condition protections that more than 130 million Americans rely on, including hundreds of thousands in New Mexico. Despite Udall, Heinrich, and Senate Democrats’ vote to safeguard protections for pre-existing conditions, Senate Republicans voted to preserve the Trump administration’s “junk plans” rule. Read More

  • New Mexico Delegation Announces HHS Grant to Taos for Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Development

    WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $2,982,779 to Taos Health Systems, Inc. in New Mexico as part of the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program. $9 million was awarded in total to address health disparities in rural communities by expanding patient access to care. Read More

  • New Mexico Delegation Welcome $4.7 Million To Combat Opioid Overdose Epidemic

    September 2, 2019) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, along with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $4,764005 to the New Mexico Department of Health to combat the opioid overdose epidemic. Read More