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11,620 individuals signed up in NM

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signsupThe New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange reported 11,620 New Mexicans had enrolled in individual plans as of Jan. 31, a 47 percent increase from the 7,880 who had enrolled by the end of 2013.

Nationwide, enrollment grew 53 percent in the period.

The exchange said the enrollment pool is trending younger, which it called “positive news.” Residents aged 18 to 34 years accounted for 20 percent of the total enrolled, up from 18 percent in December.

Medicaid enrollment through contact with the insurance exchange reached 17,439 residents in January, up from 12,327 in December.

Medicaid, which formerly was available primarily to low-income children, older people and the disabled, can now be purchased by adults who are not eligible for Medicare with a household income of no more than 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

“There are also several thousand New Mexicans waiting in the pipeline to finalize their eligibility determination and get enrolled in the exchange,” the New Mexico exchange reported Thursday.

The exchange credits an improved advertising campaign that it launched early in February with a 33 percent increase in calls taken by its call center and a 20 percent increase in website traffic since January.

For more information on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, visit www.NMHIX.com or BeWellNM.com.

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