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.