As deadline looms, 'Obamacare' enrollment drops in New Mexico | KOB 4

As deadline looms, 'Obamacare' enrollment drops in New Mexico

Patrick Hayes
December 15, 2018 08:04 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The number in New Mexico signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has dropped dramatically.


According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, there's been a 15.9 percent drop, compared to last year.

Meanwhile, officials with New Mexico’s healthcare exchange, beWellnm, told KOB they’re trying to figure out reasons for the decrease.

“New Mexico’s numbers reflect a nationwide trend of fewer enrollments.  While beWellnm’s enrollment center has been very busy in the final hours of this open enrollment period, there is just not enough data available to provide needed analysis about why numbers are not tracking with 2017 numbers,” said Maureen Manring, beWellnm’s director of communications and outreach.

As of Dec. 9, 22,169 New Mexicans have signed up for insurance through ACA. That’s 4,197 less than the same time in 2017.

Despite a judge's ruling that declared the affordable care act unconstitutional, people can still enroll by Dec. 15. 

People who don’t have insurance in 2018 may still be given a “penalty” when they file their taxes. However, there is no “fine” for not having insurance in 2019.

“We believe the removal of the tax penalty and the potential that more residents are receiving health insurance coverage through their employers could be factors," Manning said. "In Open Enrollment 2021, when beWellnm transitions to a state-based exchange, we will have more comprehensive access to enrollment information."

For helping signing up for insurance or more information call 1-833-862-3935.

People can also visit beWellnm’s resource center across from the Coronado Mall at 6403 Menaul Blvd.


Patrick Hayes

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