New Mexico gives residents a nudge for health insurance

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As the deadline rapidly approaches, the state has been reminding residents that they should act quickly. New Mexico has been reminding people who have not yet purchased their health insurance that they should head to the state exchange if they want to be sure they’ve bought their coverage in time for the first deadline on December 15. For people who want their coverage to start on January 1, 2016, they need to buy a health plan by Tuesday. The final deadline for the open enrollment period is going to be…

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New Mexico hospitals cite expansion of health insurance as reason for falling costs

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Hospitals report falling costs due to more consumers having health insurance coverage New Mexico hospitals are reporting seeing lower costs in providing consumers medical care, even if they do not have health insurance coverage. According to a report from the Legislative Finance Committee, this is due to the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program through the Affordable Care Act. This has allowed more people to receive the medical care they need at relatively lower costs. This has had a positive financial impact for hospitals, as they are spending less money…

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico pulling out of state’s health insurance exchange

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Insurer will not be providing individual coverage through state’s exchange next year Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico will be exiting the New Mexico health insurance exchange next year, according to the state’s Superintendent of Insurance, John Franchini. The insurer is pulling out of the exchange marketplace after having its rate increase proposal denied by state regulators. Blue Cross Blue Shield had sought approval for a significant increase in premiums for coverage it would provide in 2016, but state regulators found that the amount that the insurer wanted to…

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Study highlights increasing homeowners insurance costs in New Mexico

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New Mexico homeowners can expect to pay more for their insurance coverage A new study from Insurancequotes.com has shown that those living in New Mexico could expect to be paying more for their homeowners insurance. Summer is coming and that means the beginning of fire and flood season in the state. Fires and floods can cause significant damage to property, as has been seen in the past. These disasters have had an impact on the insurance industry, and those living in risk-prone areas of the state could see their homeowners…

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Health insurance companies in New Mexico may help cover the costs of vaccinations for children

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New bill will require insurance companies to pay into a state vaccination program A new legislation in New Mexico would require the state’s health insurance companies to help cover the cost of vaccines for privately insured children. New Mexico is one of a small number of states that have a universal vaccine purchasing program in place. These programs are meant to boost immunization rates and, potentially, make the state a healthier place for children. Paying into this program is completely voluntary, as vaccinations have become a somewhat controversial issue. Insurers…

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New legislation could impact health insurance in Kansas

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Legislation seeks to place federal funding under the control of the state Legislature and governor New legislation is being considered in the Kansas Legislature and it may create some problems for people seeking financial aid for their health insurance coverage. The legislation aims to place all funding provided by the federal government for health care services under the control of the state’s lawmakers and governor. Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has warned Kansas residents that the legislation could make it much more difficult for them to receive the federal financial aid…

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Health insurance exchange moves a step forward in New Mexico

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Health insurance plans see progress New Mexico is moving one step closer to establishing a state-run health insurance exchange. The effort has received support from both Democrats and Republicans who consider the state’s running its own health insurance exchange could be in the best interests of New Mexico residents. A proposal for the exchange has was the approval of state lawmakers and is now on track to form an operational health insurance exchange that could begin selling policies by October of this year, complying with federal regulations outlined in the…

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