No matter what, every Native American in New Mexico qualifies for health coverage, either through Medicaid or beWellnm, the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange. Both options are a great complement to care provided by Indian Health Service. Depending upon income and family size, Native Americans may be able to qualify for Medicaid through the New Mexico Human Services Department. Generally, individuals who make $1,468 a month or less will qualify for Medicaid, but that amount could be higher based on family size. For those who don’t qualify for Medicaid, there is the opportunity to enroll in a qualified health plan through beWellnm, today. Unlike the rest of the population, Native Americans can enroll in coverage all year long. Native Americans also have access to free and low-cost plans and can visit any in-network doctor throughout the state.
Data from two states with significant Indian Country populations shows how the #Coronavirus is taking a disproportionate toll on the first Americans, whose health care is promised by the federal government yet often falls far short of the need. #COVID19 https://t.co/vE0LuRzowS— indianz.com (@indianz) April 15, 2020
Furthermore, no one with a health plan through beWellnm has to worry about being covered during COVID-19. New Mexico’s Superintendent of Insurance issued a rule in March that mandates any insurance carrier to cover testing and treatment for COVID-19. As a cancer survivor, I cannot stress enough the importance of having health coverage. I know that if I had not been on a health insurance plan, when I became sick, I would not have been able to pay for the care I needed. I encourage every uninsured Native American to contact either Medicaid or beWellnm to find out which option is best for them. It’s more important than ever for our communities to get covered.
A healthier family means one healthier Tribe. A healthier Tribe means a healthier New Mexico. BeWellnm is committed to your health. #BecauseYouJustNeverKnow #beWellnmhttps://t.co/qm3aAaLcUd pic.twitter.com/bKXihceLFP— beWellnm (@NMHIX) April 29, 2020
Teresa Gomez is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta and a life-long resident of New Mexico. Teresa has dedicated her career to serving Tribes and advocating for issues affecting American Indians. In 2006, Teresa served as the Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department. Teresa also served as the Deputy CEO for the NM Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative.