Urban Institute Releases Report On The Uninsured In New Mexico

NM Department of Human Services)

187,000 New Mexicans (10.5 percent) under age 65 are uninsured.

SANTA FE – New Mexico Human Services Department (NMHSD) funded a report, The Uninsured in New Mexico released today by the Urban Institute that finds 187,000 New Mexicans (10.5 percent) under age 65 are uninsured.


“Governor Lujan Grisham and HSD are dedicated to ensuring New Mexicans have access to quality, affordable health care coverage,” said Abuko D. Estrada, coverage innovation officer with HSD’s Medical Assistance Division. “With this data from the Urban Institute, the administration can tackle the challenge of increasing coverage and improving affordability for the over 187,000 New Mexicans, under age 65, who remain uninsured and the thousands more who are underinsured, struggling to pay for their medical care due to high out-of-pocket costs.”


Over half of the uninsured are already eligible for coverage options available today, such as Medicaid or an Exchange plan. The administration is coordinating with our health insurance exchange, beWellNM, and developing targeted outreach and enrollment efforts to reach those New Mexicans and get them covered. For those that remain uninsured or underinsured, the administration is developing options that will help more hardworking New Mexicans get health insurance that works for their family’s budget.


The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to more than 1 million New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program, and several Behavioral Health Services.


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