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Open Enrollment Under Way in New Mexico, Nation

PHOTO: Thousands of New Mexicans are expected to get health insurance now that open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has started. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
PHOTO: Thousands of New Mexicans are expected to get health insurance now that open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has started. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
November 17, 2014

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act is now under way in New Mexico and across the nation. Steven Hansen is CEO with the nonprofit Presbyterian Medical Services which operates over 40 health clinics across the state. He says the ACA has helped shift the psychology of many New Mexicans who previously would not have sought medical treatment.

"A lot of it is the psychology of it," says Hansen. "It's the pent-up demand that they thought they just couldn't go, and now they think they can because they have the insurance."

Hansen says many patients are now seeking preventive care for diabetes and other conditions, which he says is a lot less expensive than treating those diseases when they become chronic. Hansen adds, his organization has seen a 13 percent increase in Medicaid patients because of Medicaid expansion, which is linked to the Affordable Care Act.

Presbyterian Medical Services also received a $5 million grant from the ACA, which helped fund its new 30,000-square-foot community health center in Farmington. Hansen says the clinic, which opened earlier this month, doubles the size of the facility his organization operated in the community for more than 40 years.

"This goes from 18 exam rooms to 36 exam rooms," says Hansen. "It literally gives us the opportunity to add more professional staff. It's a lot more people to be seen."

New Mexico is among the states that operate directly under the federal government's Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. Some states operate their own insurance exchanges.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports more than eight-million Americans have enrolled for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NM