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New Mexico Asks the Federal Government for Help with Operating the Health Insurance Marketplace Before the October 1 Deadline

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On May 17, the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Board met and determined that New Mexico would run a hybrid state-federal partnership exchange, instead of the state-based exchange model the state received conditional approval by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to operate.

Under the hybrid model, New Mexico intends to have a state-run insurance exchange ready for small businesses to shop for coverage for their employees this fall; it will use a federally operated exchange to offer health insurance plans to individuals. According to staff from the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, this new hybrid model is necessary because the state does not have enough time to implement its own computer system to serve individuals by October 1, 2013. However, New Mexico plans to continue handling some of the responsibilities required of a health insurance exchange for individuals such as outreach and education for residents, as well as determining the health benefit plans offered to individuals.