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 Advances Bipartisan Every Kid Outdoors Act

    Today, in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources markup, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) advanced legislation he introduced with U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to provide America's fourth graders and their families free entrance to America's public lands, waters, and historic sites, including national parks -- more than 2,000 sites in all. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Address Suicide Crisis in Native Communities

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the bipartisan Native American Suicide Prevention Act, along with U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), to address the growing suicide crisis in Indian Country by ensuring collaboration among states and Tribal organizations to design and implement statewide suicide intervention and prevention programs that work for their communities. The legislation is the Senate companion to H.R. 3473, a bipartisan bill introduced by Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.), and 27 other House cosponsors. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Announce Passage Of Bill To Prohibit “Gag Clauses” That Cause Consumers To Overpay For Prescriptions

    U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced the passage of the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act to put an end to the use of "gag clauses" by health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers, an egregious practice that conceals lower prescription drug prices from patients at the pharmacy, causing consumers to needlessly overpay.  The bipartisan bill, introduced by U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) and cosponsored by Udall and Heinrich, now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Advance NM’s Health, Education, Workforce Priorities in Funding Bill

    "We face significant challenges that must be addressed to ensure all of New Mexico's children and families have the opportunity to succeed," said Heinrich. “I am proud to support a number of provisions in this bipartisan funding bill to support education, health care access, and job training. That includes language to expand the use of performance partnerships that help service providers work together with local governments to use proven two-generation strategies to help children and parents reach success together. This bill reinvests in our public schools, community colleges, and universities so that all of our students have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century. I'm proud that the bill also provides new resources for community health centers, rural health providers, and those on the front lines of combatting the opioid epidemic. I commend Senator Udall for standing up for New Mexico priorities through his leadership role on the Appropriations Committee. I will continue to fight alongside him to increase opportunities for all of our families.” Read More

  • Udall, Capito, Heinrich Announce Measure to Fund Care Corps Program

    "As the first AmeriCorps alum in Congress, I know first-hand that there is no venture more rewarding than working to improve the lives of those around us," said Heinrich. “We need to fill the gaps that will only grow as an aging population creates more demand for care. I am proud to support this amendment to give young adults and others a similar opportunity to address this need, while also helping the thousands of Americans who are already providing essential care for their family members. I applaud Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham's leadership in creating the innovative idea of a Care Corps program. I will continue to support our nation’s caregivers and work to ensure all Americans, including seniors and individuals with disabilities, have the health care they deserve.” Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Condemn Trump-Pence Administration’s Proposed Rule To Restrict Family Planning Program

    U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)  submitted a comment to Secretary Alex Azar at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) strongly opposing the Trump-Pence Administration's proposal to restrict the Title X family planning program and reduce access to health care for millions of women. They called on the Administration to reverse course and revoke its planned changes. Read More