Legislation that would have governed the acquisition of not-for-profit hospitals by for-profit organizations in New Mexico died on the governor's desk late last month.
The bill, which would have given final approval of such deals to the state attorney general and health department, sailed through both houses of the New Mexico Legislature. But Gov. Gary Johnson, a Republican who supports less government intrusion, vetoed the bill.
The bill's author, Rep. Max Coll (D-Santa Fe), is a left-of-center lawmaker who sponsored a failed single-payer bill several years ago. Observers noted that Coll is a political foe of Johnson's, and his sponsorship of the hospital sales bill made it vulnerable to a veto.
Maureen Boshier, president of the New Mexico Hospital Association and a supporter of the bill, said new legislation to address hospital purchases and conversions is likely to be introduced next year.