New Mexico officials are hitting the road to talk about changes to Medicaid that will take effect in January. Starting this week, the New Mexico Human Services Department is holding a series of public events across the state to educate residents about upcoming changes to Centennial Care, the state's Medicaid program.
For one, the state plans to phase out a measure that allows doctors to get reimbursed for taking care of uninsured patients, as long as they enroll in Medicaid within 90 days.
The state also plans to add co-pays for some prescription drugs and emergency room visits, and to start charging premiums for some families with income above the federal poverty level.
People can apply for Medicaid year-round, but the open enrollment period, in October and November, is when members can switch health insurance providers. This is especially important this year, because Molina and United Healthcare won’t be options anymore. Members can choose between Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Presbyterian, and Western Sky Community Care.
As of September 6, 2018, the Human Services Department is taking public comment on proposed amendments to the Centennial Care policy manual.
Click here to see HSD's presentation on the upcoming Medicaid changes.
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