Albuquerque, NM – The United States Supreme Court unanimously agreed with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, and attorneys general from Delaware and Massachusetts, when it issued its ruling today in the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District case by requiring public schools to provide higher standards for students with disabilities. The ruling reverses what had been the law in New Mexico, and now educational plans for students with disabilities must be designed so that students can make educational progress, rather than the barely more than minimal advancement that was permitted by previous law.
Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division, a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, recovered over $6 million last year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General reports $6,205,203 in recoveries made by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General during federal fiscal year 2015-2016.
Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson to halt President Trump’s new, illegal travel plan:
“I am pleased that the judge agreed that this new executive order was enacted with a clear, discriminatory intent to act as a poorly-disguised Muslim ban, and that the ban would harm our universities and economy in New Mexico.”
Albuquerque, NM - Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a brief today in support of Hawaii’s challenge to President Trump’s revised executive order restricting travel and refugee resettlement. The amicus brief, filed by 13 states and the District of Columbia, requests that the federal court hearing Hawaii’s lawsuit enter a nationwide injunction preventing the implementation and enforcement of the executive order that will go into effect on Thursday. The brief explains that despite the Trump Administration’s revision of its original executive order to remove obviously unconstitutional provisions, the new executive order remains an unconstitutional attempt to restrict travel from six predominately-Muslim countries and to suspend completely the nation’s refugee resettlement program.
Santa Fe, NM - On the last day of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas released a Consumer Protection “Go-To Guide” for New Mexicans. While this list of resources is not intended to be comprehensive, if you have questions about possible scams, making smart financial decisions or simply need help, this list is a quick reference guide for assistance. If you need help finding a specific resource, please call the Office of the Attorney General toll free at 1-844-255-9210.
“F” is for Fraud this Consumer Protection Week.
Albuquerque, NM - On Day 6 of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Balderas issued a Scam Alert for the top scams hitting New Mexico consumers.
“During Consumer Protection Week, I’m urging New Mexicans to educate themselves about the most common scams hitting New Mexico households and how to spot them before it’s too late,” said Attorney General Balderas. “Never, ever give out your personal or financial information to someone who calls or emails you.”
In the ABC’s of Consumer Protection, “E” is for Energy Efficiency.
Las Cruces, NM – On Day 5 of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas released tips on how New Mexicans can save money by becoming more energy efficient.
Santa Fe, NM – On Day 4 of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas released guidelines for dealing with debt. Sometimes consumers find themselves in more debt than they can handle, but there are many options out there for New Mexicans.
Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the Affordable Care Act repeal proposal:
“Hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans have health coverage today thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and this plan to repeal the Act’s essential features is reckless, irresponsible, and puts New Mexicans at an unacceptable health and safety risk,” said Attorney General Balderas. “This proposal would create a disastrous cost-shift that could bankrupt our already financially unstable state government.”
In the ABC’s of Consumer Protection, “C” is for charities.
Albuquerque, NM – On Day 3 of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas released tips for successful charitable giving. New Mexicans give $700 million annually to charities, and New Mexico alone has over 6,000 different charities operating within its borders.