New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority

New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority The New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority responsibly administers affordable, secure health care benefits for public retirees and their families.

NMRHCA was established in 1990 to provide health care coverage to retirees of state agencies and eligible participating public entities. Approximately 300 public entities including cities, counties, universities and charter schools participate in NMRHCA. The agency provides medical plans for both non Medicare and Medicare eligible retirees and their dependents as well as dental, vision and life in

NMRHCA was established in 1990 to provide health care coverage to retirees of state agencies and eligible participating public entities. Approximately 300 public entities including cities, counties, universities and charter schools participate in NMRHCA. The agency provides medical plans for both non Medicare and Medicare eligible retirees and their dependents as well as dental, vision and life in

Operating as usual

09/14/2021
www.nmrhca.org

Wise and Well Virtual Health Fair set for Wednesday, September 29, 2021, starting at 9 AM and ending at 12:30 PM. Join use for a morning to learn about healthy lifestyles and the importance of mental health, being active, financial security and more. For more information and agenda, please follow the link below to NMRHCA’s flyer for more details on the health fair and how to register to participate. Please remember to mark your calendars and don’t forget to register for this one-day event that is now only two weeks away! Please see linkhttps://www.nmrhca.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/WW-Virtual-Health-Fair-Sept-2021-Final.pdf to flyer with registration link at bottom of page for this upcoming virtual health fair.

06/16/2021
global.gotomeeting.com

Today from 10-10:30 AM is another wonderful virtual Wellbeing Coffee Talk with Marlene a BCBSNM Wellness Coordinator. The topic is Emerging Forward Healthier, and you can join by using the link below.
Go to: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/139789173 or call 1-646-749-3122, access code 139-789-173.
Don’t forget this occurs every third Wednesday of each month.

04/15/2021

As a reminder, every third Wednesday is the Wellbeing Coffee Talk. This upcoming Wednesday, April 21st at 10 AM Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Mexico and the New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority will host its third coffee talk of the year with Marlene Mier. The topic is: “Staying connected while being apart.” Join us as we discuss how social isolation is impacting our health and what we can do about it. To join the discussion please go to: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/820118789 or you can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
- One-touch: tel:+16467493122,,820118789#
Access Code: 820-118-789

NMRHCA’s first Wise and Well Virtual Health Fair is Thursday, April 22nd, and Friday, April 23rd.  Please join us to lea...
04/15/2021
Wellness Fair 2021 | New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority

NMRHCA’s first Wise and Well Virtual Health Fair is Thursday, April 22nd, and Friday, April 23rd. Please join us to learn about ways to help promote healthy lifestyles and the prevention or management of chronic health conditions. This is a two-day event with different topics being covered each day between 9 AM and 12:30 PM. Do not wait to register as the event is only 1 week away and more information about the event and other helpful healthy resources are provided after registering for the event. We look forward to our retirees joining us for this wonderful event. More information and an agenda can be found on NMRHCA’s website at https://www.nmrhca.org/wellnessfair2021/ along with the link for registering for this virtual health fair.

Virtual Wellness Fair Thursday, April 22nd – Friday, April 23rd   NMRHCA Wise and Well Virtual Wellness Fair   Join us for a FREE Virtual HEALTH FAIR designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, prevent and manage diseases. Attend all the sessions, or the ones that are right for you! Learn about th...

03/11/2021
www.nmrhca.org

Good Morning, NMRHCA’s next Coffee Talk is fast approaching on Wednesday March 17th at 10 a.m. This will be another great conversation on the topic of “Is fear keeping you from getting the health care you need?” Please see all the details to join below.

GoToMeeting:
NMRHCA-BCBS Coffee Talk
Wed, March 17, 2021 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (MST)
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/820118789
You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
- One-touch: tel:+16467493122,,820118789#
Access Code: 820-118-789

You can also find more information on our website at:https://www.nmrhca.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Marlene-Coffee-Talk-March.pdf

If you didn’t catch the last session it is still available for viewing at: https://transcripts.gotomeeting.com/?fbclid=IwAR1kJL-pXN_YWJhWOmf7lFtQLzmN-LE8KHHxvh_vjXSlOH8fPS6tFW9kUQ8#/s/679cf3c209f7525d781fbb8a3cf2eba0a7900f9aab56d8eb4a1db63f79de7b1c

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02/17/2021
GoToMeeting Transcripts

Happy Hump Day and OMG!! NMRHCA had its first "Wellness Coffee Talk" with BCBS Wellness Coordinator Marlene Mier earlier today, and if this is any indication of how the sessions will be moving forward, you will not want to miss this monthly event! The next Wellness Coffee Talk will take place on March 17 at 10 a.m. For those who don't believe me or who want to know what they're missing, here is the video from today's first Wellness Coffee Talk:

https://transcripts.gotomeeting.com/#/s/679cf3c209f7525d781fbb8a3cf2eba0a7900f9aab56d8eb4a1db63f79de7b1c

02/16/2021
www.nmrhca.org

Good Brrrr Tuesday morning! This is a reminder that our first Coffee Talk for NMRHCA retirees takes place tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 17) at 10 a.m. Here are the details to join by GoToMeeting:

NMRHCA-BCBS Coffee Talk
Wed, Feb 17, 2021 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (MST)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/820118789

You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
- One-touch: tel:+16467493122,,820118789#

Access Code: 820-118-789

Or you can find out more on our website at this link:https://www.nmrhca.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Marlene-Coffee-Talk-1.pdf

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02/11/2021

Are you interested in public service? The Regulation and Licensing Department seeks applications to fill a public member vacancy on the Private Investigations Advisory Board. Pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 61-27B-6(C) and (E) a public member or spouses shall not have been licensed pursuant to the Private Investigations Act or have a direct or indirect financial interest in a private investigation company, private patrol company, polygraph business or a related business. Advisory Board members are non-salaried public officials and will be eligible for per diem pursuant to the Per Diem and Mileage Act. Please send any inquiries, or letter of interest and a resume to: [email protected]

The Regulation and Licensing Department also seeks applications to fill a public member vacancy on the Advisory Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners. Pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 61-12B-5(A)(3) public members must be residents of New Mexico. A public member shall not have been licensed as a respiratory care practitioner nor shall he have any financial interest, direct or indirect, in a respiratory are occupation. Advisory Board members are non-salaried public officials and will be eligible for per diem pursuant to the Per Diem and Mileage Act. Please send any inquiries, or letter of interest and a resume to: [email protected]

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The Regulation and Licensing Department also seeks applications to fill a public member vacancy on the Advisory Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners. Pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 61-12B-5(A)(3) public members must be residents of New Mexico. A public member shall not have been licensed as a respiratory care practitioner nor shall he have any financial interest, direct or indirect, in a respiratory are occupation. Advisory Board members are non-salaried public officials and will be eligible for per diem pursuant to the Per Diem and Mileage Act. Please send any inquiries, or letter of interest and a resume to: [email protected]

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01/26/2021

Notice to our members. NMRHCA will close at noon tomorrow to conduct an in-staff training. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday. We apologize for any inconvenience and ask that you plan accordingly.

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Happy Tuesday! Are you already lagging on your New Year's Resolution to lose weight? That may be because you're approaching dieting wrong. Read the article below and remember that NMRHCA has one or two weight-maintenance program options — Naturally Slim (for Pre-Medicare and Medicare Supplement retirees only) and Good Measures (open to all retirees). Contact NMRHCA for more information.

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New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority members: You can now register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Go to the New Me...
01/08/2021

New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority members: You can now register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Go to the New Mexico Department of Health Website and register at this address — https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/

You will be contacted by email or text, letting you know where and when you can get the vaccine.

When you arrive for your vaccine appointment, you will have to do the following, depending on your health insurance status with NMRHCA:

For Medicare Supplement members/dependents ONLY: Please be prepared to show your Blue Cross Blue Shield card at your appointment. No other cards will be accepted.

For Pre-Medicare members/dependents ONLY: Please be prepared to show your Express Scripts card at your appointment.

For Medicare-Advantage members/dependents ONLY: Please be prepared to show you provider card only (Presbyterian, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana or UnitedHealthcare) at your appointment.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-233-2576.

Address

6300 Jefferson St. NE, Suite 150
Albuquerque, NM
87109

General information

You are eligible to receive NMRHCA benefits if you retired from a participating employer​, and you and your employer contributed to the NMRHCA fund for at least five years. ​

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

Telephone

+18002332576

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NMRHCA History

NMRHCA was established in 1990 to provide health care coverage to retirees of New Mexico state agencies and eligible participating public entities. Approximately 300 public entities including cities, counties, universities and charter schools participate in NMRHCA. The agency provides medical plans for both non-Medicare and Medicare-eligible retirees and their dependents as well as dental, vision and life insurance. The Authority currently provides coverage to approximately 62,000 retirees and their dependents. The Authority is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors ("Board").

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Can you post the Delta Dental plan booklet on the NMRHCA website ASAP? Just learned today that our United Concordia plan ends this Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Who is the contact person at Delta Dental so we get more information about plan coverage? Thank you. Don & Rose Ditmore.
Your letter dated June 1, 2020, arrived today - June 27. This letter let us know that NMRHC has dropped United Concordia, effective July 1, 2020. We have been with United Concordia for over 20 years. Even though your office is closed, why did you not post this notice here on Facebook? Or send us an email? My husband has upcoming dental appointments for implants that had to be rescheduled due to Covid. We don't even know if our dentist accepts Delta Dental and if he is in-network or out-of-network. We also don't know what coverage Delta Dental provides. Do they cover the PPE fees many dentists are now charging? Who are their contact people? Is this information available on the NMRHCA website and is it current? Another major concern is cost. While the increase is relatively small for the next 6 months, what will our monthly rate be effective January 1, 2021? Like many retirees, we are on a fixed income and it would help us to plan ahead. We have been pleased with NMRCA over the years, but we really think this switch could have been planned better. Thank you. Don & Rose Ditmore
Anybody else having trouble accessing their Express Scripts account. I get a message that my benefit plan has ended. 🤨
Waiting for my 1099, have they been mailed?
Thank you for posting on your website under Forms for Retirees the link to the Express Scripts 2018 National Preferred Formulary Exclusions and Preferred Alternatives. This is a valuable piece of information that will accompany us on every medical visit in 2018. We urge all retirees to download, print and keep handy.
Thank you, NM Retiree Health for a great morning of presentations in Las Cruces by you and the various providers. We came over from Arizona to attend and it was well worth it. Had many of our questions answered. Your gifts were great - the cool down towel and especially the Boo-Boo Pocket Holder. Fits perfectly in my vest. Thank you for your efforts.