Created: 03/10/2014 10:32 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange is refusing to give commercial insurance companies personal information from thousands of the state's poor residents.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that health exchange lawyers recently decided that names, home addresses and phone numbers was proprietary and denied requests from insurance companies seeking to obtain the information.
Insurance companies sought the data to sell those residents policies.
The policies of about 10,400 people formerly insured under the low-cost State Covered Insurance program were canceled when it was discontinued in January, and they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid.
They have been referred by the New Mexico Human Services Department to the state's online insurance marketplace created under the federal Affordable Care Act.
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