- Deadline nears
Open enrollment through the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange closes March 31.
Anyone who does not obtain coverage by that deadline cannot enroll through the exchange until 2015, and under most circumstances faces tax penalties next year for failing to comply with the individual mandate imposed by the Affordable Care Act for being uninsured as of April 1.
For policies to take effect by April 1, they must be purchased by March 15. The tax penalties in 2015 for failing to meet the individual mandate are $95 per adult and $45 per child in a household, or 1 percent of household gross income — whichever is higher.
Information about enrolling through the exchange is available from its bilingual call center, 855-996-6449, or online at bewellnm.com, which includes tools to calculate insurance premium subsidy eligibility and out-of-pocket maximum payments.
By texting the term “BeWellNM” to 311411, consumers can receive a response from the exchange that includes questions to help determine their eligibility for health insurance subsidies. It also provides the option to have a customer service representative call consumers to assist them.
Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014 9:15 pm
The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange has refused to hand over personal information about thousands of the state’s working poor to commercial insurance companies amid privacy concerns.
While the population in question toiled at jobs that pay just above the poverty line, the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Board recently debated whether to share what it knows about them — names, home addresses and phone numbers — with insurance companies that want to sell them policies.
Sunday, March 9, 2014 9:15 pm.