Medicaid rolls swell in New Mexico amid economic turmoil

New Mexico

Santa Fe, N.M. (AP) — Enrollment is rising in Medicaid health care as the coronavirus pandemic reverberates through the economy.

The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance says enrollment in the federally subsidized health care program increased by nearly 10,000 people to 853,251 as of June 1.

Agency Program Manager Colin Bailllio says enrollment stood at 830,165 in February.

The statistics suggest a shift away from employer-based health insurance and toward Medicaid benefits for residents living in poverty or on the cusp, as unemployment swells.

Economists affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research confirmed Monday that the U.S. economy has entered a recession.

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