Health Care

 May 20th 2016 - Written by: Suzan Reagan

Current Trends in NM Healthcare Insurance Coverage

In recent years, health insurance coverage has received a lot of attention. Since the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act and the New Mexico Medicare Expansion there certainly have been many questions on the measurement of the impacts of these programs. The Census Bureau Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program data release of May 12, 2016 provides some indication of the increase coverage for health insurance in New Mexico. For 2014 the New Mexico uninsured rate was 17.1 percent for those under 65 years old. This represents a decrease of 4.8 percent from 21.9 percent in 2013. The New Mexico demographic details for those who are under 65 years of age for 2014 shows that Non-Hispanic White had a 10.6 percent uninsured rate which was a decrease of 3.2 percent from 2013. In New Mexico for Non-Hispanic Black the 2014 uninsured was 15.7 percent a decrease of 4.9… View Full Post

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 February 19th 2016 - Written by: Jeff Mitchell

Insurance and Employment Impacts of Medicaid Expansion in New Mexico

According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/total-monthly-medicaid-and-chip-enrollment/#) Medicaid/CHIP enrollment in New Mexico increased by 274,518 persons (60%) between January 1, 2014 and November 2015. Only four states have seen larger increases by percentage (Kentucky, Nevada, Colorado and Oregon). Note that not all of the increase in enrollment are individuals enrolled in Centennial Care; many have enrolled in programs previously available to New Mexicans (e.g. CHIP). In addition to providing health insurance to more than a quarter million New Mexicans, expanded enrollment in Medicaid has had a substantial employment impact in the state. The following is an analysis of the growth of employment in the health care and social assistance sector (NAICS 61) since January 1, 2014. The source of this data is the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. Employment Growth in Health Care & Social Assistance, by Owner and Subsector,   2013Q-2015Q2 Since the beginning of… View Full Post

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