New Mexico enrolls 103K in Medicaid since October

Created: 03/19/2014 1:31 PM
By: BARRY MASSEY, Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez's administration reports that about 103,000 low-income New Mexicans have enrolled in Medicaid since the state expanded who qualifies for the health care program last year.

Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott said the state is on track to meet projections that about 130,000 people will gain medical coverage during the first year of the Medicaid expansion.

Enrollment opened in October and services started in January. Medicaid provides health care for nearly 30 percent of the state's population.

The Medicaid expansion was provided for under a federal health care overhaul law that also allows uninsured individuals to buy medical insurance through an online marketplace.

About 15,000 New Mexicans have signed up for health insurance plans through the federally operated health insurance exchange from October through February.

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