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By the numbers

As of 2015, there were more than 365,000 people living in New Mexico who were enrolled in Medicare, either because of age or disability. Below is more information on Medicare in New Mexico:

  • Medicare beneficiaries in New Mexico enrolled in Medicare through Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan: 369, 206
  • Medicare beneficiaries in New Mexico enrolled in both Medicare Part A and/or Part B: 251, 323
  • Medicare beneficiaries in New Mexico enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan: 117, 883
  • New Mexico beneficiaries enrolled in a stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plan: 143, 187

Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans are available through private insurance companies that contract with Medicare to sell Medicare insurance plans (such as a Medicare HMO or a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug 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. To learn more and to apply, contact the New Mexico Medicaid Department.

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.

Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, “On its 50th anniversary, more than 55 million Americans covered by Medicare” as of July 28, 2015.

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