Exchange enrollment falls short of goals

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Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013 11:45 pm | Updated: 4:59 pm, Mon Dec 16, 2013.

Fewer than 1,000 New Mexicans had enrolled in the federal health insurance exchange by the end of November — far short of goals for the problem-plagued program — and those who have gotten through have come away with mixed feelings.

One Santa Fean who finally managed to enroll in the online exchange after weeks of trying was a bit dismayed to find her health insurance will cost at least $100 more a month under the new plan. Jessica Haynie, owner of Three Stones Consulting, is among those the exchange is depending on to help balance health care costs and keep insurance premiums down — she’s young, healthy and gainfully employed. But she’s also among those who will not qualify for subsidies and will pay more for health insurance.

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  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:21 am on Tue, Dec 17, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2888

    My wife has been trying to get insurance through the exchange, and she's repeatedly had exactly the discombobulated experience you describe.

  • al_bedoya posted at 3:23 pm on Mon, Dec 16, 2013.

    al_bedoya Posts: 35

    The author, and almost everyone else, seem a little confused about whether New Mexico has a state marketplace or is a federally facilitated marketplace.

    New Mexico has a state marketplace. Technically, according to HHS, they are a federally supported state based marketplace, which means Gov. Martinez agreed to a state marketplace, took federal funds to support it but couldn't get her act together quickly enough to meet the completion deadline.

    According to HHS, New Mexico is simply using the IT services of the federal government until the state marketplace is done. This means people in New Mexico end up at healthcare.gov.

    This distinction could be important later, as there are currently lawsuits that threaten to take away subsidies with federally facilitated marketplaces. NM is not on that list.

  • Harvey Morgan II posted at 2:09 pm on Mon, Dec 16, 2013.

    Harveytime Posts: 13

    If individuals call the toll free number at healthcare.gov (after they are redirected from bewellnm.com) they get told that New Mexico is running their own program and that they have called the wrong help line. Twice I have called and been told this. They won't even check with a supervisor about that fact.

  • W Ben Bransford posted at 12:15 pm on Mon, Dec 16, 2013.

    benatwork Posts: 15

    I dont have much faith that young people are going to sign up in numbers needed to save this program. I do know the dishonest way this was sold has made it harder to believe anything we are told about it now. .

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 9:06 am on Mon, Dec 16, 2013.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 486

    New Mexicans have always been sold useless junk and are smart enough to see a scam. This mandated ponzi scheme will die a miserable death or be so expensive the health insurance industry will collapse.

    The young millennials in NM are dirt poor and can barely scrounge up enough cash to make a cell phone payment. Why worry about going bankrupt when you are already bankrupt to begin with, and paying the penalties is a joke as most young people in NM cannot even pay their taxes.

  • Stan Bies posted at 8:57 am on Mon, Dec 16, 2013.

    Patron Posts: 37

    Very interesting and factual presentation of the facts.


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