Governor signs bills aiding health

Children at school (KRQE News 13)
Children at school (KRQE News 13)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Governor Susana Martinez signed two bills Sunday aimed at keeping people healthy.

The department of health says a quarter of life threatening allergic reactions at schools happen to students with no previous allergy diagnosis. Martinez signed Senate Bill 75 which will let schools stock emergency medication in case students have sudden asthma attacks or severe allergic reactions.

“When a student suffers from an allergic reaction or an asthma attack, every second counts. The longer it takes to provide treatment, the greater the risk,” Governor Martinez said. “By signing today’s bill, a school nurse will now be able to administer the medicine a student needs. This law can and will save lives.”

Martinez also signed a bill allowing community health workers to get Medicaid reimbursement. Those workers support doctors and nurses by helping keep patients out of hospitals in the first place.

Martinez says community health workers are an important piece of the health care workforce, particularly in rural and underserved areas of New Mexico.

Supporters say better trained community health workers could help with the state’s shortage of health care providers.

The certification would make community health workers eligible to be reimbursed by insurance plans and even Medicaid for certain services.

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