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New Mexico to expand Medicaid program

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico will follow provisions of a federal healthcare law to expand the state's Medicaid program to potentially provide medical services to 170,000 low-income adults.

New Mexico will join at least 15 other states and Washington, D.C., in broadening eligibility for the healthcare program under terms of a healthcare overhaul championed by President Barack Obama.

Martinez made the announcement Wednesday during a speech in Albuquerque.

About a fourth of New Mexico's population currently receives healthcare through Medicaid, but the program mostly covers uninsured children in low-income families along with the disabled and some extremely low-income adults.

The expansion in 2014 will make adults eligible with incomes of about $26,000 for a family of three or $15,400 for an individual.

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