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Subsidies help uninsured enroll in revamped state health insurance exchange

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As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, having access to healthcare is crucial. But in New Mexico, just over 11% of people remain uninsured. Open enrollment is officially open for beWellnm, the state-based health insurance exchange and there are workshops to help people enroll.

Four out of 5 New Mexicans are eligible to receive insurance through beWellnm and due to the American Rescue Plan, more financial assistance is available. So people who didn’t qualify for subsidies in the past may now be eligible. Also beWellnm has transitioned from a federal marketplace to state-based exchange.


"All six insurance carriers cover all 33 counties. Which really puts us in a unique and wonderful circumstance for New Mexico" said Maureen Manring, director of communications and outreach at beWellnm. She says enrollment in one of beWellnm’s plans may completely eliminate premiums altogether for low-income families.


Open enrollment ends on January 15th, but anyone enrolled by December 23rd, will start receiving coverage on January 1st. beWellnm is also hosting a series of events to help people navigate the new state-based exchange. 

 Support for KUNM’s public health coverage comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and from listeners like you.



Taylor is a reporter with our Poverty and Public Health project. She is a lover of books and a proud dog mom. She's been published in Albuquerque The Magazine several times and enjoys writing about politics and travel.