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Bruce Trigg, MD
Dr. Trigg is a pediatrician who worked 23 years with the New Mexico Department of Health until his retirement in 2011. He served as medical director of the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program and worked in correctional health care and with harm reduction approaches to injecting drug use.
Dr. Trigg is currently a clinician providing methadone and buprenorphine treatment for people who are addicted to opiates. He also has recently worked as an international consultant in addiction treatment in several Southeast Asian countries.
A long time advocate for a single-payer, national health program for the US, he is an active member of Physicians for a National Health Program and is the C0-Chair of the New Mexico chapter; the New Mexico Network of Health Professionals for a National Health Program (NHP Squared).
Dr. Trigg is Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.
He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1981 and did his residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. From 1983 to 1986 he worked as a general medical officer with the Indian Health Service of the US Public Health Service in Native American communities in New Mexico and Arizona.
Local Unions Endorsing HR676
- IAM Local Lodge 794, Albuquerque, NM
- Central New Mexico Labor Council, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico State News
By James Besante | Albuquerque Journal
America can win the War on Poverty. We can fix our health care system. A streamlined, publicly financed program, like “Improved Medicare for All,” is the answer.
By Kay Tillow | Single Payer News On October 17, 2013, the Executive Council of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, endorsed H.R. 676, national single-payer health care legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.), reports Jon Hendry, president.
By Laurence S. Jacobs, M.D. | Santa Fe New Mexican
An improved Medicare for all would make terrific sense. Low overhead, a single set of approved forms (not a separate one for each insurer, as is now the case), no outrageous CEO salaries, no marketing or advertising costs, first dollar coverage without copayments or deductibles, no restrictions on choice of doctor or hospital. All medically approved tests and treatments would be covered, and there would be no issue of physicians refusing to see certain classes of patients because of poorly paying insurance.
UNM Today (Albuquerque, N.M.)
James Besante, a second-year student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, was recently given the Nicholas Skala Student Activist Award by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) for his health care reform advocacy efforts in New Mexico.
By James Besante | Albuquerque Journal
Winthrop Quigley, “Health Care Landscape Changing” published on Nov. 13, is quite correct that the chaos and disruption being experienced by thousands of New Mexicans who must choose between their medical care provider — doctor or nurse practitioner — and their Lovelace Health Plan insurer is a very strong argument for a single-payer, improved-Medicare-for-all health system.
By Winthrop Quigley | Albuquerque Journal
The question is asked with regularity at legislative and congressional hearings, medical and public health conferences, political rallies and policy think tanks: Is health care a right, or a privilege?
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Congress caved into corporate interests last year to enact a health care policy that will leave millions of Americans without insurance, do nothing to rein in rising costs and put everyone at the mercy of an unfair, for-profit system, a national advocate for a single-payer health system said in Albuquerque.
By Dr. Bruce Trigg | Albuquerque Journal
Today is Human Rights Day at the State Capitol. And today Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino will present Senate Joint Resolution 5 for a state constitutional amendment that will recognize health care as a human right to the first legislative committee to which it has been assigned.
BRUCE TRIGG, M.D. | Letter to the editor, Albuquerque Journal
H. EDWARD HANWAY, the chairman and CEO of Cigna Corporation, one of the largest private insurance companies, has a great deal to be thankful for this holiday season. Cigna, which had a profit of over $1 billion in 2007 and paid Hanway $30.16 million in 2008, has fared quite well in both the House and Senate health reform plans.
By Howard Waitzkin | Taos News
A single-payer health program basically would extend Medicare to the entire population. Although Medicare is not without problems, people over 65 years of age widely support the system and express satisfaction with it.
By Carol Miller | Albuquerque Journal
A very complex, mandatory private insurance scheme recently passed the U.S. House. The public is being overwhelmed by sound bites on one hand about how great it is, on the other, how terrible. We are hearing few of the details that are actually in the bill. Having read the bill, it is clear now that what started as health reform has emerged from the political process as health "deform," building on the worst, not the best of the current system.
By Winthrop Quigley | Journal Staff Writer | Albuquerque Journal
Testifying before the Health Coverage for New Mexicans Committee, a team of consultants said a state-funded single-payer system would be the least expensive way to cover all of the state's 400,000 uninsured residents.