2021 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 27 - Public Assistance
Article 5 - Indigent Hospital and County Health Care
Section 27-5-12 - Payment of claims.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 27-5-12 (2021)

A. A hospital, ambulance service or health care provider filing a claim with the county shall:

(1) file the claim with the county in which the indigent patient is domiciled;

(2) file the claim for each patient separately, with an itemized detail of the total cost; and

(3) file with the claim a verified statement of qualification for ambulance service, indigent hospital care or care from a health care provider signed by the patient or by the parent or person having custody of the patient to the effect that the patient qualifies under the provisions of the Indigent Hospital and County Health Care Act as an indigent patient and is unable to pay the cost for the care administered and listing all assets owned by the patient or any person legally responsible for the patient's care. The statement shall constitute an oath of the person signing it, and any false statements in the statement made knowingly constitute a felony.

B. A hospital, ambulance service or health care provider that has contracted with a county for provision of health care services shall provide evidence of health care services rendered for payment for services in accordance with the procedures specified in the contract.

History: 1953 Comp., § 13-2-24, enacted by Laws 1965, ch. 234, § 13; 1983, ch. 234, § 5; 1984, ch. 101, § 2; 1993, ch. 321, § 11; 1997, ch. 51, § 4; 2014, ch. 79, §13.


The 2014 amendment, effective March 12, 2014, clarified that the county, not the board, administers payment of claims; in Subsection A, in the introductory sentence, after "claim with the", deleted "board" and added "county"; in Subsection A, Paragraph (1), after "claim with the", deleted "board of the"; and in Subsection B, after "contracted with a", deleted "board" and added "county".

The 1997 amendment, effective June 20, 1997, designated the introductory paragraph as Subsection A; redesignated former Subsections A, B, and C as Paragraphs A(1), A(2), and A(3); and added Subsection B.

The 1993 amendment, effective July 1, 1993, substituted "ambulance service or health care provider" for "or ambulance service" in the introductory language and "ambulance service, indigent hospital care or care from a health care provider" for "indigent hospital care" and "and County health Care" for "Claims" in Subsection C.

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