13,000 in NM apply for Medicaid under expansion

October 27, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More than 13,000 New Mexicans have applied for health care services through Medicaid since enrollment opened earlier this month for an expanded program that will cover more low-income adults, according to state officials.

Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration and a health care advocate consider it a good start for a state with one of the highest uninsured rates in the country.

Of those who submitted applications, about 79 percent, or nearly 10,500, were found to be eligible for Medicaid through Wednesday, according to the Human Services Department.

Matt Kennicott, a spokesman for the department, said the pace of Medicaid enrollment since Oct. 1 is similar to what the state typically sees each month. There were about 19,600 applications for Medicaid in September.

“As we pick up steam and more people become aware of it, then we’ll get more people on the Login to read more

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