New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced this week that an investigation did not find credible evidence of fraud at 10 behavioral health providers across the state. In 2013, the New Mexico Human Services Department cut off Medicaid funding to 15 providers after alleging fraudulent billing and misuse of funds. This week on New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant leads a discussion on this issue with the Line Opinion panelists.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during Pledge Drives. Involved, informed, in-depth media: watch New Mexico in Focus again online at www.newmexicopbs.org shortly thereafter. 

Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with a Generation Justice fellow and a leader in the behavioral health field to talk about the ongoing challenges people are facing in New Mexico as they seek out treatment for themselves or loved ones. 

Marilyn Martinez is a disability rights advocate who uses her own story to push for reforms at the local and state level. She joins Sarah Gustavus, to share how she gained independence as an adult, and the changes she believes would help improve the lives of people with disabilities in New Mexico.


Line Panelists:

  • Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
  • Sophie Martin, an attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com
  • Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP
  • Rachel Sams, editor, Albuquerque Business First


  • Sarah Gustavus


  • Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus and Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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