This article is the final installment of a three-part series about how local residents can adapt to the Affordable Care Act.
A variety of local organizations are conducting outreach with regard to the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that almost all individuals in the United States enroll in insurance by March 31, 2014. Outreach activities generally occur at community events such as festivals and school functions.
On Thursday, Oct. 10, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center will host a “Lunch and Learn” at noon at the Chamber of Commerce. On Oct. 17, the organization will hold a tailgate party from 4-7 p.m. at the Chamber and on Oct. 24, it will hold a “Business After Hours” event at the center’s Cancer Treatment Center from 5 to 7 p.m.
Information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) insurance marketplace also will be available from ENMMC during Paint the Town Pink breast cancer awareness activities Oct. 25 and 26.
To learn more about ENMMC outreach activities, you may call Brooke Linthicum, marketing director for ENMMC, at 575-624-8746 (office) or 575-420-0775 (cell). Her email is Brooke_Linthicum@chs.net. Linthicum said ENMMC is happy to engage in other outreach activities and interested parties may contact her to propose an outreach activity.
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell is conducting outreach on its campus and in conjunction with social justice non-profit organization Embrace Inc.
ENMU-R is providing students with information about ACA and NMHIX on campus at the Community Pharmacy located in the Health Science Center. The phone number for the center is 575-624-7355.
ENMU-R, in partnership with Embrace, is providing information about the new health care law at its outreach center La Puearta Abierta, 809 W. Alameda St., throughout October and November. Information about ACA and NMHIX will be available at homeless clinics at La Puerta Oct. 16, from 1 to 5 p.m.; Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Nov. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. Outreach is tentatively slated to occur at La Puerta on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well. To learn more about outreach occurring at La Puerta, you may call 575-625-6875.
The university and Embrace also will provide information about ACA and NMHIX in partnership with Roadrunner Food Bank at the food bank’s mobile food pantries in Dexter, Hagerman, Lake Arthur and at the Roswell La Puerta site on the third Thursday of each month.
ENMU-R will be conducting outreach at Enchanted Lands Park on Nov. 2 as part of the Let’s Play and Learn outreach event.
La Casa Family Health Center
La Casa Family Health Center has conducted outreach activities in English and Spanish at various festivals, including Pinatafest and the Chile Cheese Festival. The health center also has taken out ads in English and Spanish on radio stations 94.9 FM KBIM The Country Giant and 97.1 Radio Amigo.
The center will be conducting outreach in conjunction with the Department of Health at the Roswell Adult and Senior Center, 807 N. Missouri St., on Oct. 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. On Oct. 29, La Casa will be at the RSVP Senior Expo at the Roswell Elks Lodge, 1720 N. Montana St., from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To learn more about La Casa outreach activities, call La Casa’s main phone line at 575-623-3255.
The center is seeking more opportunities to conduct outreach. If you would like La Casa to visit your community center, church, school, workplace or other location, call the organization.
S.O.Y. Mariachi Cultural and Education Center, which teaches mariachi music to local youth, is conducting outreach activities in English and Spanish. Bobby Villegas, founding director of the program, said he also plans to conduct outreach in tribal communities including a nearby Apache reservation.
On Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m., S.O.Y. Mariachi and Lovelace Health System will hold an informational session in Spanish in the educational facility attached to St. John’s Catholic Church, 506 S. Lincoln Ave., Roswell.
Health insurance carriers
The five health insurance carriers offering plans through NMHIX are distributing information about how to use NMHIX at various outreach events. The carriers are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Lovelace Health Plan, Molina Healthcare of New Mexico, New Mexico Health Connections and Presbyterian Health Plan.
Molina Healthcare of New Mexico, in conjunction with other health insurance carriers, will provide information throughout October about Centennial Care, which is the new expanded version of Medicaid to be unrolled in January. The dates and locations of this outreach are as follows: Oct. 18, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Roswell Public Library; Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Artesia Senior Center, 202 W. Chisum St., Artesia; Oct. 21, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Dexter Elementary School, 100 North Lincoln St.; Oct. 21, 4 to 6 p.m., Roswell Civic and Convention Center; and Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Roswell J.O.Y. Center, 1822 N. Montana St.
To learn more about the Affordable Care Act online, you can visit bewellnm.com, nmhix.com and healthactionnm.org.
Roswell Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber will host a presentation by NMHIX on Oct. 22 about the exchange, focusing on the SHOP portion of the exchange, which is available to businesses with fewer than 50 employees. The seminar will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Chamber.