New Mexico health insurance
A guide to finding health insurance in the Land of Enchantment
How healthy is it to live in New Mexico? The state held steady as the 32nd healthiest state according to the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- The infant mortality rate has declined over the past ten years; it's at 5.4 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012.
- Preventable hospitalization rates have declined during the past five-year period.
The bad news:
- The percentage of children in poverty increased from 27.6 percent in 2011 to 31.7 percent in 2012; this is the highest rate in the nation.
- This year’s findings indicate that overall health in New Mexico is likely to decline in coming years.
New Mexico's best and worst category rankings:
- Air Pollution – 4th
- Cancer Deaths – 5th
- Cardiovascular Deaths – 7th
- High School Graduation Rate – 48th
- Occupational Fatalities – 50th
- Children in Poverty – 50th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on New Mexico.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key New Mexico health quality findings.
In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts New Mexico here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for New Mexico, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does New Mexico have
a health insurance high risk pool?
New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, New Mexico started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.
Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.
Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.
In the best cases, they allowed people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.