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Birthing Workforce Retention Fund

The New Mexico Legislature authorized the creation of the Birthing Workforce Retention Fund in 2008 to assist providers of birthing services with the high cost of malpractice insurance premiums. These funds are administered by the Maternal Health Program on behalf of the Department of Health (NMDOH), as the administrative agency for this Fund.

To be eligible for an award, the applicant must:

  • be a CNM or physician licensed in New Mexico who provides birthing services,
  • show that NM Medicaid-insured or indigent patients accounted for at least one-half of the births the provider attended during the previous two calendar years,
  • have a current malpractice liability insurance policy covering birthing services,
  • show intent to continue full scope practice, including birthing services, in New Mexico during the period covered by the award, and
  • sign an attestation (included on the application) stating that the award will not be used to purchase tail coverage for an existing malpractice insurance policy.

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