The New Mexico Human Services Department announced Thursday a contract with a consulting firm founded by Michael Leavitt, former U.S. Health and Human Services secretary under President George W. Bush.
A state official tells the Santa Fe New Mexican the former Utah governor's firm has been assigned to help New Mexico set up a health insurance exchange. The firm will will also help write a request for bid proposals to build the exchange's computer framework.
The exchanges are meant under the federal government's health care reform law to help more people obtain health insurance.
New Mexico has the nation's second-highest uninsured rate in the nation.
Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican
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