Friday, March 1 is the last day uninsured New Mexicans with pre-existing medical conditions will be able to submit an application for the Federal High Risk Pool.
Since 2010, the program has provided access to health insurance to those with pre-existing conditions who have been without insurance for at least six months. On Saturday, March 2, the program will close enrollment due to lack of funding.
The enrollment closure is not anticipated to affect the 1,500 state residents already enrolled in the Federal High Risk Pool, said Reena Szczepanski, executive director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool.
The non-profit organization administers the program in the state. The New Mexico Legislature established the NMMIP more than 20 years ago to provide access to health insurance coverage to those who are denied it and considered uninsurable.
Szczepanski encouraged those interested in either pool to call the office at 866-622-4711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out which one would be better for them.
Applications for both the state and federal pools are available online at Nmmip.org. Applications for the federal pool must be submitted to the NMMIP by 5 p.m., Friday.