New Mexico Health Connections | my connection | Fall 2017

{ FALL 2017 | FOR MEMBERS OF NEW MEXICO HEALTH CONNECTIONS } To browse our 2018 plans and rates and to enroll in an NMHC plan, either on or off the exchange, please visit . Scroll down to “Browse Our 2018 Plans and Rates.” T his year, the federal government’s open enrollment period for 2018 health coverage is Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 . Open enroll- ment is much shorter this year than in years past, so you have less time to purchase a plan without incurring a penalty. Open enrollment is for individuals buy- ing health insurance both on and off the exchange (also called the marketplace or ). If you have individual or family health coverage, you can compare health plans and enroll in a 2018 plan during this six-week period. Here are some tips to make open enroll- ment go smoothly for you: 1.  Find a broker. A broker (also called an agent or a producer) can provide advice, answer your questions and help you choose the best health plan for your needs. To find a list of brokers who are licensed to sell our health plans, call our sales department at 505-322-2360 or toll-free 855-808-3568 . You can also search for a broker online at -producer-broker.aspx . 2. Update your auto-payment amount. If the premium for your 2018 New Mexico Health Connections (NMHC) plan is different from your current premium and you pay the premium via automated clearing house (ACH, a form of electronic payment from your debit card, credit card or bank account), please be aware that you must log in to your E-Bill Express account at and update the amount of your monthly transaction. • Need help? Please call our billing depart- ment directly at 505-300-4282 . • It’s easy to forget to do this, but if you don’t update your ACH amount , you could have billing problems later, fall behind on your premium and receive a termination notice. • We want you to have continuous coverage , so please be sure your ACH reflects your correct 2018 premium amount. New baby? Don’t forget to enroll your little one Congratulations on the new addition to your family! We wish you and your baby the best of health. Please remember that for your newborn to be covered on your NMHC health plan, you must enroll him or her within 31 days of birth. To add the baby to your plan, go to and click on the “Online Member Applicant Portal” button. Quick tips for health coverage IT’S ENROLLMENT TIME—HERE’S WHAT TO KNOW { S E E W H A T ’ S N E W F O R 2 0 1 8 }