We're happy to announce three initiatives have been enacted in the past month thanks to your efforts.
In local news, the Las Cruces City Council unanimously approved a Complete Streets ordinance that will have long-term benefits in improving traffic safety and providing more multimodal options for Las Cruces residents.
This ordinance, when fully implemented, will allow everyone to safely walk or bike to a nearby grocery store, park, or their favorite ice cream shop. It will allow senior citizens to safely cross the streets where they live and most importantly, it will reduce pedestrian accidents and fatalities.
At the state level, the 2022 Legislative session wrapped up on Feb. 17 with two key bills we support awaiting a signature from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Earlier this month, Gov. Lujan Grisham signed SB 2, a budget bill that included funding to extend postpartum coverage from two months to a full year.
This helps make sure new moms are taking care of their heart health as heart disease is the No. 1 killer of new moms. Extending health care coverage for a full year will help individuals receive the medical care they need to be screened for the development of risk factors like high blood pressure and receive adequate counseling for heart disease and stroke prevention, postpartum depression, substance use, and more.
Additionally, the governor signed into law an easy way for residents to check a box on annual tax forms to learn if they're eligible for free or low-cost insurance and how to access it.
Since more than 200,000 of our fellow New Mexicans lack access to health care, this is a huge win! Expanding access to coverage helps reduce health disparities and can improve health outcomes while saving the state money by reducing costs and treating minor health conditions before they develop into major, costly to treat health issues.