Open enrollment period in New Mexico and across the country starts today and runs through December 15. This is the critical time period where individuals without insurance can enroll in coverage through the ACA for the next year.
The congressman worked with patient advocate Peter Morley to film a special PSA encouraging New Mexicans to get covered and enroll in a 2020 health insurance plan. The video is available for use here.
Given the Census Bureau’s report indicating that health care uninsured rates increased for the first time in a decade under the Trump administration, it’s especially critical that we get the word out on open enrollment. (In 2018, the number of people in the United States without health insurance rose to 27.5 million, up from 25.6 million in 2017. The uninsured rate jumped from 7.9 percent in 2017 to 8.5 percent in 2018. It was the first year-to-year increase in uninsured rates since 2008 and 2009, per the Census.)
This is a problem and a public health crisis. Two million more uninsured people in one year will have a dramatic impact on wellness, community health, and even our economy. This is directly related to Republican attacks on the ACA. Not only have Senate Republicans and the White House looked to weaken and dismantle the ACA at every turn, they are looking to circumvent the law by cutting funding to advertise and bring awareness to the open enrollment period (which again, opens today and goes through Dec. 15).
The Trump administration cut the budget for the 2018 Obamacare open enrollment period by more than 90 percent, while also cutting the enrollment period in half – from three months in 2017 to six weeks in 2018. Spending on in-person enrollment assistance (the Navigator system) was also cut by 41 percent from 2016 levels.
The congressman provided the following quote regarding open enrollment:
“As the open enrollment period begins, it’s critical that all New Mexicans get covered under a health insurance plan that works best for them and their family. We know that our health hinges on our ability to access affordable health care – and that’s why it’s critical that New Mexicans know they can enroll in a new plan from November 1st through December 15th,” said Luján.
“Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies were allowed to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. But thanks to the ACA, all Americans have legal protections so they cannot be denied coverage. I am a disabled American and patient advocate. I suffer from more than ten pre-existing conditions. I became disabled by an accident, survived cancer twice, and live with Lupus. I know firsthand that your health can change in an instant. I would encourage every New Mexican to sign-up for health care and get covered. And if you already have a plan, now is the time to shop around for the best coverage that works best for you and your loved ones,” said Peter Morley, Patient and Patient Advocate.
If you’re looking to do coverage on open enrollment, we can make the congressman available for interviews.