New Mexico: ACA-enabled Medicaid up 10x (sort of) to 103K!
Submitted by Charles Gaba on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 3:28pm.
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This is a much bigger deal than it might appear to be. The title is a bit misleading; NM's Medicaid tally hasn't suddenly shot up 10x overnight, it's just that until now, I've only had New Mexico's ACA-enabled expansion number pegged at around 14,400 (10,300 Strict Expansion, 4,100 Woodworkers) because NM mixes together new enrollees with renewals (redeterminations) when they report the data to CMS. This means I couldn't use any of the CMS data (witness the red bar on the NM section of the Medicaid spreadsheet).
Today, I can replace both numbers with this one; the article is pretty damned clear that all 103K are specifically due to the expansion provision alone, but I'm willing to concede that perhaps 10% of it might be "woodworkers". Thereferore, "woodworkers" goes up to 10,300 while "strict expansion" increases to 92,700:
SANTA FE, New Mexico — Gov. Susana Martinez's administration reports that about 103,000 low-income New Mexicans have enrolled in Medicaid since the state expanded who qualifies for the health care program last year....
Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott said the state is on track to meet projections that about 130,000 people will gain medical coverage during the first year of the Medicaid expansion.
Enrollment opened in October and services started in January. Medicaid provides health care for nearly 30 percent of the state's population.
The Medicaid expansion was provided for under a federal health care overhaul law that also allows uninsured individuals to buy medical insurance through an online marketplace.