New Mexico Health Care Changes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khU51r9sKeY&feature=player_embedded This video explains all of the changes happening to our healthcare system. Danielle, the Administrative and Communications Manager of Health Action New Mexico (HANM) breaks it down for us.

What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a public program run jointly by the federal and state governments, meaning no two states are alike.

What’s the difference between the Exchange and the Expansion?

The expansion is the rising threshold for Medicaid eligibility, meaning a lot more people are now going to be eligible for no-cost healthcare.

The exchange, or “marketplace,” is the host of different private insurance programs allowing everyone to shop around and find the best plan for them.

What’s the most exciting thing about all this?

“I think the most exciting thing is that literally hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans who have never had health insurance before are going to be able to get it. It’s almost 400,000 people in this sate, so 370,000 people in the state are going to be eligible, again, for one of the two programs, and they’re not going to know which one they’re eligible for. So, what this means is it’s a huge opportunity, but it’s also going to be really, really difficult to get the word out…”

In fact, 83% of those who are eligible for the Medicaid program don’t know it’s even happening.

Why should people care?

Because they can get health insurance! Individuals may qualify for no-cost healthcare through Medicaid or even get tax credits for healthcare through the marketplace.

How can people help?

Talk to each other about it. Word of mouth is the best advertisement.

Have any questions?

  • The You Are Not Alone Team is a small group of people in New Mexico available to help people get enrolled and up to date on what’s happening.
  • The NM Center on Law and Poverty is a team of lawyers in Albuquerque.
  • The Southwest Women’s Law Center is another team of lawyers in Albuquerque.
  • HANM can be reached at (505) 867-1095.