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New Mexico says more families eligible for child care help

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has launched a push to get more eligible families to apply for federally-funded child care assistance and announced Thursday the state will expand eligibility requirements until late May

The Republican governor said the effort is needed to get families to seek assistance for a program that some might not even know exists.

Under the new changes, New Mexico families earning as much as 200 percent of the federal poverty line — an increase from the previous 150 percent — may apply for the child care assistance program.

That's means a family of four earning around $48,600 or less a year is now eligible. Before the expansion,...