2009 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 27 - Public Assistance.
Article 5 - Indigent Hospital and County Health Care
Section 27-5-7 - County indigent hospital claims fund.
27-5-7. County indigent hospital claims fund.
A. There is created in the county treasury of each county a "county indigent hospital claims fund".
B. Collections under the levy made pursuant to the Indigent Hospital and County Health Care Act [27-5-1 NMSA 1978] and all payments shall be placed into the fund, and the amount placed in the fund shall be budgeted and expended only for the purposes specified in the Indigent Hospital and County Health Care Act, by warrant upon vouchers approved by a majority of the board and signed by the chairman of the board. Payments for indigent hospitalizations shall not be made from any other county fund.
C. The fund shall be audited in the manner that other state and county funds are audited, and all records of payments and verified statements of qualification upon which payments were made from the fund shall be open to the public.
D. Any balance remaining in the fund at the end of the fiscal year shall carry over into the ensuing year, and that balance shall be taken into consideration in the determination of the ensuing year's budget and certification of need for purposes of making a tax levy.
E. Money may be transferred to the fund from other sources, but no transfers may be made from the fund for any purpose other than those specified in the Indigent Hospital and County Health Care Act.
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