Patients have less than two weeks to enroll in health plans with Jan. 1 effective dates on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX).
The deadline was originally set at Dec. 15, but has been extended to Dec. 23 due to glitches in the exchange website. The federal government completed fixes to the site at the beginning of the month.
NMHIX spokeswoman Debra Hammer cautions that those who enroll by the Dec. 23 deadline still need to confirm membership and payment details with their chosen carriers.
Though the deadline gives members more time to enroll, it leaves only a week to make the payments necessary for plans to become effective by Jan. 1.
Enrollees must also take into account holidays occurring during that week, which further shorten the time window to make payments.
The exchange, which was established under the Affordable Care Act, offers subsidized health plans to patients who make between 138 and 400 percent of the federal poverty line.
New Mexico runs on the federal exchange, but will adopt its own exchange within the next year. NMHIX will run the state exchange.
Open enrollment in exchange plans ends March 31. Almost all United States residents are required to enroll in health plans, through the exchange, private insurers or government plans, by that time.
Visit BeWellNm.com (English) or SeguroQueSiNM.com (Spanish) for more information about the exchange. These websites provide listings of Health Care Guides and exchange certified insurance brokers who can enroll patients in plans.
Bilingual assistance is available 24/7 at 1-855-99NMHIX.