WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District encourages uninsured New Mexicans, those with insurance who are seeking a more affordable plan, and small businesses with less than 50 employees to sign up for coverage through the new health care exchange that opened Tuesday.
As of Oct. 1, individuals can sign up for health insurance that will begin Jan. 1, 2014. Small businesses can start comparing plans today and can sign up beginning Nov. 1.
New Mexicans can sign up through the exchange, also called a marketplace, online at www.bewellnm.com or by calling 1-855-99-NMHIX (66449). They have until Dec. 1 to sign up to guarantee coverage on Jan. 1.
“Today, a key component of the Affordable Care Act begins, as New Mexico’s health care exchange comes online, offering tens of thousands of our friends, family, and neighbors an easy way to make informed choices about the quality health care plan that is right for them,” Luján said. “Through the exchange, individuals without insurance, or those who want to find a better option, will be able to compare plans side-by-side and find out if they qualify for tax credits to help them afford the costs of health insurance.”
“Since the Affordable Care Act became law, people across New Mexico have already benefited from it, with many of the benefits still to come as they are phased in,” Luján added. “Now all Americans with pre-existing conditions can get affordable coverage even if they change jobs or lose a job. I encourage New Mexicans to go to www.bewellnm.com today to compare plans, find out how much of a subsidy they are eligible for, and sign up for health insurance.”