2019 is an important year for health councils. Thanks to everyone's dedication and hard work, HB137 - the County and Tribal Health Councils Act was passed and signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The County and Tribal Health Plan Act puts into law the overall structure for health councils, one which reflects and codifies the current role that health councils play as comprehensive health councils. This is an important step forward in strengthening the health council support structure, and in recognizing the councils as an integral and essential part of New Mexico's public health system.
This legislation came directly out of the work of the Task Force created by Senate Memorial 44, in which many of you participated and which resulted in a Report and Recommendations to the Legislature. The fact that this legislation passed unanimously in both the House and Senate is extraordinary, showing bi-partisan support for the work of health councils. Congratulations and thank you to everyone for your work!
HB137 County and Tribal Health Councils Act Press Release