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Proposed House Bill to Revise the Affordable Care Act A May Keep Key Aspects in Place

BeWellnm, New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange, today announced the direction of the Affordable Care Act based on the newly introduced House Republican bill.

Based on a Republican-sponsored House Bill to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act, introduced on March 6, 2017, the new legislation indicates several proposals that could potentially be favorable for beWellnm and New Mexicans.

Cheryl Gardner, CEO at beWellnm shared that there are indications that the proposed legislation will continue key aspects of the Affordable Care Act, including: Continuing pre-existing condition coverage as well as coverage for dependents up to age 26.

Additionally:
States will have opportunity and sufficient funding to stabilize their markets in an attempt to lower insurance premiums
There is a focus on continuity of health as well as continuity of health coverage
The legislation appears to encourage a wider array of healthcare plan design options in an effort to allow individuals and families to find a plan that best fits their needs

“Our New Mexico team understands the unique needs being faced by our residents,” says Gardner. “We are very interested in continuing our conversations with members of Congress and the new Administration to share our expertise on the health issues facing our state.”

“BeWellnm is dedicated to New Mexicans’ well-being through continued free in-person assistance at one of the Enrollment Assistance Centers throughout the state, over the phone, and online,” added Gardner.

Special enrollment is available now for those who qualify. To learn more about special enrollment or beWellnm, visit www.bewellnm.com.

About beWellnm, New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange
BeWellnm was created to help individuals and small businesses get access to affordable health insurance plans. BeWellnm helps consumers compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. BeWellnm also helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance and if so, at what level. Through beWellnm for Small Business, small businesses are able to purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans. Enrollment Counselors and insurance agents are available throughout the state to help with signing up for health insurance.

To find more information on beWellnm, New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange, visit www.beWellnm.com or call us at 1-855-996-6449.

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