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New Mexico insurance exchange busy with enrollment as first deadline arrives


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — New Mexicans who are looking for health insurance through the state's exchange will have to enroll now if they want coverage by the first of the year.

If they miss Monday's deadline, they'll still have a chance to enroll through the BeWellNM exchange until February 15.

Exchange CEO Amy Dowd says she doesn't have any hard figures about the enrollment rate so far, but counselors, agents and brokers have fielded a steady stream of inquiries via the website, phone and in-person visits at the exchange's enrollment center in Albuquerque.

Dowd says five insurers are part of the exchange this year and consumers can chose from an average of 43 plans in their counties.

During the last open enrollment period, about 32,000 people in New Mexico bought insurance through the exchange.

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