New Mexico ‘Health Care Freedom of Conscience Act’ (HB 525)
This law was last updated on May 2, 2019
HB 525 would allow health-care providers and institutions to refuse to participate in a health-care service that violates the conscience of the practitioner or institution. The bill would also allow health-care payers to to decline to pay for a health-care service that violates the conscience of the health-care payer.
The bill defines “healthcare services” to mean a phase of patient medical care, treatment, or procedure, including:
- Patient referral;
- Prescribing, dispensing, or administering of any drug, medication, or device;
- Surgery; or
- Other care of treatment provided by a health-care provider or institution.
The bill would prohibit a health-care provider from being held civilly, criminally, or administratively liable for declining to participate in a healthcare service that violates the provider’s conscience.
The bill would prohibit a person, public institution, private institution, or public official and others from discriminating against a health-care provider, institution, or payer in any manner based upon their refusal to participate or pay for a health-care service.
The bill would require health-care payers to file its conscience policies annually with the state, including any and all products, services, and procedures that the health-care payer will not make payment for reasons of conscience.
The bill clarifies that the right of conscience would not apply to withholding appropriate provision of health-care services or life-sustaining treatment to patients.
Based on model legislation drafted by Americans United for Life (AUL).
2/8/19 – Introduced.