Families USA: Working adults large share of New Mexico's Medicaid expansion

September 23, 2015

A study by Families USA estimates that around 90,000 New Mexicans who obtained health insurance coverage under the expanded Medicaid program are working adults. Gov. Susana Martinez announced in 2013 that New Mexico would accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage to adults earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level, or about $16,105 for a single adult. Since then, 226,783 of the newly eligible adults have enrolled in the program, according to the latest figures from the state Human Services Department. The study used 2010 to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau data to project that thousands of the newly enrolled worked in jobs like food service, construction, retail sales, cleaning and maintenance, healthcare support and transportation.