State slashes predictions for health exchange enrollment

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 9:49 pm, Thu Jan 30, 2014.

New Mexico’s state-run health care marketplace has sharply reduced its enrollment expectations for 2014, cutting the estimated number of people expected to sign up for coverage by about half, the program’s chief said Thursday.

Mike Nuñez, interim chief executive officer of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, said problems with the federal healthcare.gov website when it was rolled out last fall slowed New Mexico’s efforts to promote enrollment in the exchange, resulting in drastically lowered enrollment expectations.

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  • keith lacon posted at 10:25 pm on Mon, Feb 3, 2014.

    keithlacon Posts: 1

    The common public will seriously enjoy the new rules made by the government of making the price of health care insurance affordable. Now even a poor person can make a health insurance and it will help to develop the health of the country people's.[smile]

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  • bob chilton posted at 4:53 pm on Fri, Jan 31, 2014.

    bobchilton Posts: 48

    let's do the math:

    $69.4 million divided by 50,000 insureds equals

    $1,400 per enrollee.

    projected enrollees are 278 per day or 12 per hour in obamacare in new mexico.

    how much money has to be misspent to accomodate a state population of 2 million?

  • Nancy Udell posted at 7:35 am on Fri, Jan 31, 2014.

    Nancy Udell Posts: 5

    I agree. That would be good to know. It's also a little unclear whether the 69.4 million is all for work done in the past or whether that money is somehow to be used going forward. Is some of that for outreach counselors? Not sure what he means when he says we can "stand up" the exchange for that. They have two previous grants totaling $52m, so, it would be nice to know who these contractors are, how much they are being paid and for what.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 7:28 am on Fri, Jan 31, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    Since the whole thing was designed to fail, so we could be "rescued" by single-payer, this isn't surprising news at all.

  • John Edwards posted at 7:27 am on Fri, Jan 31, 2014.

    Dj JohnEdwards Posts: 15

    A further breakdown of all services and enrollments before and after January 1 of Medicare/Centennial, Medicaid, NM Exchange and input from insurance companies themselves would help clarify the reality on the ground.


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