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The Land of Enchantment has plenty of health care options for residents. According to a study by US News, New Mexico has the 31st best health care in the nation. That study looks at access, quality, and public health.

Health Care Choices in New Mexico

There are several avenues for NM residents to get health care:

  1. Employer-provided
    1. From your employer
    2. Through your spouse's employer
    3. Through COBRA
  2. Individual or family plans
    1. Through New Mexico’s health care marketplace
    2. Directly from a health insurance company
  3. Government-assisted
    1. Medicare
    2. Medicaid

Where do most New Mexico residents get their health insurance coverage?

New Mexico (NM) Health Insurance Sources
Sources Percent
Employer-Provided 36%
Individual or family 5%
Medicaid 31%
Medicare 14%
Other Public Care 2%
Uninsured 11%
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population

11 percent of NM residents are uninsured, more than the national average. That’s bad news for residents. High rates of uninsured people lead to higher rates for policyholders.

New Mexico Health Insurance Costs and Rate Factors

NM residents spend an average of $7,214 per year on health care, less than the national average. So, what determines your rates in the Land of Enchantment? Prices vary person to person, but are based mostly on these factors:

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Body Mass Index

According to the CDC, a high body mass makes you more likely to suffer from several health conditions. Insurance companies analyze your BMI to determine your risk-level. Thus, people with a high BMI pay more for health insurance.

In 2016, NM had a 28.3 percent obesity rate, the 33rd highest rate in the country. Out of the many state residents who used QuoteWizard to compare health insurance plans, 35 percent have an obese BMI.

Tobacco Use

Tobacco users pay more for health insurance due to the high risks from smoking. About 16.6 percent of NM residents are smokers, the 21st lowest rate in the country.

Age

According to HealthCare.gov, older people tend to pay up to three times more for health care than younger people. NM residents who used QuoteWizard to shop for health insurance are, on average, 43 years old.

Plan Type

Marketplace plans come in metal tiers: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. More health care coverage costs more in monthly premiums.

How much should you expect to pay in NM? These are the average monthly prices for each plan type for a middle-aged resident in 2018:

New Mexico Martketplace Plan Rates
Bronze Silver Gold
$271 $401 $347
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, Change in Average Marketplace Premiums by Metal Tier

Gold plans cost 28 percent more than bronze plans. However, in New Mexico silver plans cost more than gold plans. Why? New Mexico prices scrambled after the federal government ended certain subsidies for insurers. Companies increased the price of their plans, especially silver plans, to make up for these changes. That means you can buy more coverage for lower monthly premiums. However, this could change.

Residents may also qualify for a catastrophic plan, the lowest level of coverage available. These plans come with low monthly premiums but a yearly deductible of $7,150. You may save money with a gold or bronze plan if you need to use your insurance.

Location

Where you live plays a big role in your rates. All states have different rules, regulations, and providers surrounding their health care.

Also, health insurance rates are community rated. That means that costs are based in part on the combined claims that everyone files. So, if your state files an abnormal number of claims, your prices could skyrocket.

That’s why living in a health-conscious state helps keep your premiums low. According to America’s Health Rankings, NM is the 36th healthiest state in the country.

New Mexico Health Insurance Companies

There are several provider options for NM residents. These health insurance companies offer both individual and family plans in your state:

New Mexico Health Insurance Laws

The Affordable Care Act determines what insurance companies can use to price your policy.

There’s a limit to how much you’ll be paying out-of-pocket for a marketplace plan. In 2018, the out-of-pocket maximum is $7,350 for an individual plan and $14,700 for a family plan.

State law requires health insurance companies to provide at least some coverage for the following services:

  • Maternity transport
  • Autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and treatment
  • Immunization coverage
  • Cancer screenings
  • Diabetes
  • Hearing aid coverage for children
  • Cancer clinical trials

There are additional services that providers need to offer. Find the full list on cms.gov.

Medicare and Medicaid in New Mexico

Medicare and Medicaid are both government-funded health care programs that cater to two different groups of people. Medicare covers seniors, and Medicaid helps low-income families and children.

Medicare

NM residents 65 and older qualify for Medicare. The program has multiple coverage options, including parts A, B, C, D, and supplemental coverage plans. You may also qualify for one of these Medicare Savings Programs:

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB):

  • Single person with a monthly income below $1,032 and resources below $7,560.
  • Couple with a monthly income below $1,392 and resources below $11,340.

Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB):

  • Single person with a monthly income below $1,234 and resources below $7,560.
  • Couple with a monthly income below $1,666 and resources below $11,340.

Qualifying Individual (QI):

  • Single person with a monthly income below $1,386 and resources below $7,560.
  • Couple with a monthly income below $1,872 and resources below $11,340.

Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWI):

  • Single person with a monthly income below $4,132 and resources below $4,000.
  • Couple with a monthly income below $5,572 and resources below $6,000.

Medicaid

Low-income families and children are eligible for Medicaid. These are the state’s Medicaid financial requirements:

New Mexico Medicaid Financial Requirements
Household Size Maximum Yearly Income
1 $15,800
2 $21,307
3 $26,813
4 $32,319
5 $37,825
6 $43,331
7 $48,851
8 $54,384

New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance

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Insurance Commissioner:
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