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Medicare in New Mexico

By the numbers

In 2012, there were 329,994 people living in New Mexico that were enrolled in Medicare, either because of their age or because of a disability. 263,252 beneficiaries had creditable prescription drug coverage and 89,270 were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.

Demographic information for Medicare beneficiaries in New Mexico

  • Women - 53%
  • Men - 47%
  • White - 58%
  • Hispanic - 34%

Medicare Advantage Organizations and Prescription Drug Plan Sponsors must have a contract with Medicare in order to sell Medicare insurance plans (such as a Medicare HMO or a Medicare Part D Plan. Depending on the terms of the contract between the plan and Medicare, not every plan is available statewide or in all service areas. Each year, the plan must renew their contract with Medicare, so the availability of a plan in a specific service area is subject to change as a result of the annual contract renewal.

Medicare resources in New Mexico

New Mexico Medicare Savings Programs: Beneficiaries that live in New Mexico may be able to save money on Medicare each year through savings programs for people with limited income. These programs can help pay for some of Medicare's premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance.

New Mexico State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): This is a national program that offers free, unbiased, and personal counseling to people with Medicare and their families. Coordinators in New Mexico answer questions about Medicare, the prescription drug program, Medicaid, veterans benefits and other health insurance related topics.

How healthy is the state of New Mexico?

New Mexico is the thirty-sixth most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 34th healthiest state to live. New Mexico's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low rate of cardiovascular and cancer deaths as well as low air pollution levels. Two challenges facing New Mexico are its low use of prenatal care as well as high amount of uninsured people.

All data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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