New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson named Michelle Lujan Grisham, secretary of the state's Aging and Long-Term Services Department, as the state's new health secretary. The appointment must be confirmed by the state Senate. It was delayed two weeks while Grisham was on bereavement leave following the unexpected death of her husband earlier this month. Grisham, 44, replaces Patricia Montoya, who resigned Aug. 13 after the governor reversed her budget-balancing program cuts to services for the poor. Grisham will face a health department budget deficit this year of about $12.4 million, of which $3.7 million stems the governor's order to reinstate the cut services. -- by Laura B. Benko
N.M.'s new health secretary faces deficit
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