SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Community activists and social services advocates used a plate of waffles Tuesday as part of a lobbying campaign to urge Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to support expanding Medicaid to provide health care to nearly 150,000 low-income New Mexicans.

One of the biggest issues confronting the Legislature and governor next year is whether to broaden eligibility for Medicaid under terms of a federal health care overhaul. Medicaid provides medical services for a fourth of New Mexico's population and will account for about $1 of every $5 spent by state government in this year's $5.6 billion budget.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that the federal government can't force New Mexico and other states to expand the program in 2014 by threatening to withhold federal aid.

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