What is happening to our health care system?


Martin Hickey

Martin Hickey

Dr. Martin Hickey, Chief Executive Officer of New Mexico Health Connection, a nonprofit health insurer founded in response to the Affordable Care Act will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 9 at our regular meeting at Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE).

Hickey will discuss the current confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act and the way that impacts health insurance. New Mexico Health Connections is available on individual and small business health insurance exchanges. He can speak to the way the current political uncertainly is affecting the health insurance industry and the trickle down effect on individual and business health insurance plans.

He has a deep history in New Mexico healthcare that started on the Navajo reservation as a  young primary care doctor working for the Indian Health Services. He moved on to the VA in Albuquerque and then to the University of New Mexico where he set up pilot rural health programs, was an associate professor of internal medicine, developed an office of managed care contracting, and served as Medical Director of University Physician Associates, the faculty practice.

Hickey is perhaps best known for serving as President and CEO for Lovelace Health Systems from 1997-2002. Before returning to New Mexico in 2011 to take on the challenge of establishing a new health plan, he also served as a Managing Director for Navigant Consulting, President and CEO of Alegent Health Clinic in Nebraska, and as Senior Vice President for Health Care Affairs at Excellus Blue Cross. He is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare who is personally committed to challenging the status quo and bringing innovation to the healthcare market.

Everyone is welcome at APWF meetings. Individuals are responsible for their own lunch. Non-members will be charged an additional $5.