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 insurance. The Authority currently provides coverage to approximately 58,000 retirees and their dependents. The Authority is governed by an 11 member Board of Directors ("Board").

Mission: The New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority fosters quality of life and peace of mind by responsibly administering affordable, secure health care benefits for public retirees and their families.

Operating as usual

Here is a thorough discussion on the COVID-19 vaccine and where stand in the process. Happy Hump Day!
12/09/2020
COVID-19 Vaccines: Experts Answer Your Questions

Here is a thorough discussion on the COVID-19 vaccine and where stand in the process. Happy Hump Day!

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Two new COVID-19 vaccines, developed at record-setting speed, are soon to be assessed by U.S. agencies for emergency use in combating the ongoing pandemic.Advisory panels of infectious disease experts this week will assess a vaccine developed by pharmaceut...

A reminder that our next Medicare Seminar is tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., for any of our retirees (or active employees of part...
12/08/2020
global.gotomeeting.com

A reminder that our next Medicare Seminar is tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., for any of our retirees (or active employees of participating entities) aging into Medicare and wanting to know how to sign up for NMRHCA's Medicare plans (along with Medicare). The GoToMeeting link is as follows:
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/801484949

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 801-484-949

Feeling overwhelmed and need a break in your day?  We have you covered!Drop in for 20-min live, guided mindfulness medit...
12/08/2020
Drop In Meditation Breaks

Feeling overwhelmed and need a break in your day? We have you covered!

Drop in for 20-min live, guided mindfulness meditations with other employees from all over New Mexico! These sessions take place every Thursday at noon and are brought to you by The Solutions Group. Click on the link to register: https://tsgmeditations1.themindfulcenter.com/

Feeling overwhelmed and need a break in your day? We have you covered! Drop in for 20-min live, guided mindfulness meditations with other employees from all over New Mexico! These sessions are brought to you by The Solutions Group and are available to all client groups and their employees. Each mind...

Happy Monday! As we dive deeper into the holiday season, remember that if weight management is a number, the number does...
12/07/2020
Ability to lose weight is not affected by age

Happy Monday! As we dive deeper into the holiday season, remember that if weight management is a number, the number doesn't correspond to age.

A recent comparison of weight loss in people older or younger than 60 years found that weight management is not more difficult for older adults.

Happy weekend! Here is an article on the COVID vaccines that are vying for approval for distribution in the U.S.
12/05/2020
How Safe Are the New COVID Vaccines?

Happy weekend! Here is an article on the COVID vaccines that are vying for approval for distribution in the U.S.

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Two COVID-19 vaccines are on the verge of approval in the United States, with pharmaceutical companies promising that millions of doses will be available to the first wave of recipients within a matter of weeks.Creating two vaccines in less than a year is an....

Happy Hump Day Wednesday! Building off our Tuesday post from BCBSNM regarding how we navigate through the pandemic, the ...
12/02/2020
A Covid-19 Winter Is Coming: Use These Expert Tips to Prep

Happy Hump Day Wednesday! Building off our Tuesday post from BCBSNM regarding how we navigate through the pandemic, the following article gives us tips for winter preparation.

From stocking your pantry to creating a cozy nest, here are expert tips on preparing for a coronavirus winter.

12/01/2020
www.nmrhca.org

Our friends at Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico have provided an outline of coping strategies for the holiday season during the pandemic. Lots of good information for us to use if we start to feel down:https://www.nmrhca.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Pandemic-disappointment-and-healthy-coping-strategies-for-this-2020-holiday-season.pdf

Happy December! Behold the power of cocoa (or more precisely, flavanols, which are found in cocoa)!
12/01/2020
Could Cocoa Give Your Brain A Boost?

Happy December! Behold the power of cocoa (or more precisely, flavanols, which are found in cocoa)!

A nutrient in cocoa improves cognitive function by improving blood flow, researchers say.

Happy Monday! We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day weekend. Here is some good news for us chile lovers!
11/30/2020
Eating This Food May Help People Live Longer, New Study Shows

Happy Monday! We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day weekend. Here is some good news for us chile lovers!

Frequent chili pepper consumers showed a 23% reduction in cancer mortality, according to a recent study by the American Heart Association

On this Thanksgiving eve, light at the end of the tunnel? Happy Thanksgiving!
11/25/2020
Fauci: 'People Should Feel Confident' New COVID Vaccines Safe, Effective

On this Thanksgiving eve, light at the end of the tunnel? Happy Thanksgiving!

WEDNESDAY, Nov 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The turnaround time -- from the emergence of the new coronavirus to the advent of multiple vaccines to prevent it -- has been nothing short of "breathtaking," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious disease.Still, many Americans a...

11/24/2020

Holidays should be joyous occasions. But especially now with the restrictions due to COVID-19, we need to be aware of our mental health during festive seasons.

Here is an update on COVID-19 for our members as cases stay elevated in New Mexico and across the country. Please be saf...
11/20/2020
Birx Says U.S. COVID Cases Are Skyrocketing as Holidays Approach

Here is an update on COVID-19 for our members as cases stay elevated in New Mexico and across the country. Please be safe!

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) – The new coronavirus is spreading across America with unprecedented speed, the White House Coronavirus Task Force said in its first briefing in four months on Thursday."This is more cases, more rapidly, than what we had seen before," Dr. Deborah Birx said du...

NMRHCA's offices will stop taking calls at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and remain unavailable until Monday, Nov. 30 at 8 ...
11/19/2020

NMRHCA's offices will stop taking calls at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and remain unavailable until Monday, Nov. 30 at 8 a.m., in observance of Thanksgiving. We apologize for any inconvenience and ask that you plan accordingly. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

An update from Dr. Fauci:
11/19/2020
AHA News: Fauci Offers a COVID-19 Lesson and Looks to the Future

An update from Dr. Fauci:

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci stuck to the science in recapping the story of COVID-19, noting that while the disease has hit the U.S. hard masks and physical distancing could help – and that vaccines are on the way.Fauci, director of the National I...

11/19/2020

The City of Albuquerque has announced that free firewood will be available to seniors in need to keep their homes warm this winter. The Department of Senior Affairs and Parks and Recreation has partnered to offer firewood to seniors 60 and older in Bernalillo County.

The firewood will be delivered by a team from the Department of Senior Affairs to the homes of eligible seniors while supplies last. The firewood is salt, cedar, cottonwood, Siberian elm, and Russian olive from the Rio Grande Valley State Park Bosque that was removed as part of the city’s routine maintenance of the Bosque. To sign up for the firewood while supplies last, call 505-764-6400.

Good Tuesday morning! Here is some important information in the fight against COVID-19.
11/17/2020
AHA News: COVID-19 Patients of All Ages With Obesity Face Higher Risk of Complications, Death

Good Tuesday morning! Here is some important information in the fight against COVID-19.

TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- People with obesity – regardless of age – are more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and have higher risks for complications and death, according to new research.The study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association's vir...

Happy Monday! This article may be a bit mistimed, as our two-week pause in New Mexico has created a second hoarding of b...
11/16/2020
Here's What Happened When I Drank More Water for 30 Days

Happy Monday! This article may be a bit mistimed, as our two-week pause in New Mexico has created a second hoarding of bottled water — among other groceries. However, water remains one of the healthier options in our everyday diet!

This month-long H2O experiment had some interesting side effects.

TGIF!! Tis the season for pumpkins!
11/13/2020
Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin

TGIF!! Tis the season for pumpkins!

Pumpkins can help reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immunity, blast belly fat and more!

Happy Thursday! Here is some good information on coping with the virus as we head indoors because of the weather.
11/12/2020
Tips to Cope With Lockdown as Cold Weather Arrives

Happy Thursday! Here is some good information on coping with the virus as we head indoors because of the weather.

THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Isolation may pose mental health challenges for people as they spend more time indoors in the winter during the coronavirus pandemic, an expert warns.Maintaining safe forms of social contact is crucial, especially for people who live alone, according to Fr...

The New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority will not be taking phone calls today in honor of the Veterans Day holiday. ...
11/11/2020

The New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority will not be taking phone calls today in honor of the Veterans Day holiday. We will resume taking calls tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you have a safe and wonderful Veterans Day.

Happy Tuesday! Hopefully, most of you have heard the good preliminary news about Pfizer's Coviv-19 vaccine. This article...
11/10/2020
COVID-19: PAHO experts explain the science and myths

Happy Tuesday! Hopefully, most of you have heard the good preliminary news about Pfizer's Coviv-19 vaccine. This article shares more about how the vaccine process will work in general, as well as debunk some myths about vaccine safety (or about vaccine safety issues).

In a recent webinar, experts collaborating with the PAHO explained where COVID-19 vaccine development is at and debunked some persistent myths.

TGIF! Consider this a preemptive strike against all the holiday meals that are approaching.
11/06/2020
23 Fall Dinners for Weight Loss in 30 Minutes or Less

TGIF! Consider this a preemptive strike against all the holiday meals that are approaching.

Make a seasonal and delicious meal with these dinner recipes. Not only can these recipes be on the table in 30 minutes or less, but they are also packed with vegetables and whole grains that have some great nutritional benefits. These dinners are low in calories and high in fiber, which is a key com...

Happy Thursday! Here's something to get our minds off election results and thinking about the holiday season that is now...
11/05/2020
Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season

Happy Thursday! Here's something to get our minds off election results and thinking about the holiday season that is now just three weeks away!

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Give your heart the gift of healthy eating this Thanksgiving, the American Heart Association suggests."It's easy to get off track from making healthy choices during the holidays, and the pandemic may add to the stress," Dr. Anne Thorndike, chair of the Ameri...

Happy Election Day! If you haven't voted yet, please do so safely! This article shows how family members can spread the ...
11/03/2020
COVID Can Tear Through a Household: CDC

Happy Election Day! If you haven't voted yet, please do so safely! This article shows how family members can spread the virus within their households.

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- COVID-19 can spread through a family like wildfire, frequently infecting other people in a household within days of someone carrying the coronavirus home with them, new research shows.More than half of people in households with COVID-19 patients wound up con...

Happy Monday! If you haven't yet gotten your flu shot ... do it now!
11/02/2020
Get Your Flu Shot: It Might Shield You From Severe COVID

Happy Monday! If you haven't yet gotten your flu shot ... do it now!

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus and the flu are two entirely different viruses. But a new study suggests those who get a flu vaccine face a considerably lower risk for being hospitalized if and when they get COVID-19.And the flu vaccine also appears to significantly reduce a...

More interesting news in the battle against the coronavirus. We have to stay vigilant, especially as the number of cases...
10/30/2020
Nearly 1 in 5 COVID-19 Patients May Still Carry Virus

More interesting news in the battle against the coronavirus. We have to stay vigilant, especially as the number of cases climb in New Mexico and nationally.

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A new study by Italian researchers finds that almost 17% of patients who fully recover from COVID-19 may still have the virus in follow-up screening.Those who have ongoing respiratory symptoms, especially sore throat and stuffy nose or congestion (rhinitis),...

We're a week away from the election, and for many, voter fatigue has already set in. Here are some tips if you're strugg...
10/27/2020
Got Election Anxiety? Experts Have Coping Tips

We're a week away from the election, and for many, voter fatigue has already set in. Here are some tips if you're struggling to get through the next week.

It may be no surprise that this year's presidential election is taking a toll on the mental health of Americans.

As we head into the colder winter months, simple things we can do to protect ourselves against  the virus become more im...
10/26/2020
Nearly 130,000 U.S. Lives Saved by March if Everyone Wore Masks: Study

As we head into the colder winter months, simple things we can do to protect ourselves against the virus become more important.

A resurgence of the new coronavirus is bearing down upon the United States, with hundreds of thousands more deaths likely to occur over the next few months, according to one of the nation's top epidemic modeling teams.

Only 2 webinars left! If you have any questions about Open/Switch Enrollment, your packet or any of the health plans, no...
10/26/2020
Switch/Open Enrollment Registration | New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority

Only 2 webinars left! If you have any questions about Open/Switch Enrollment, your packet or any of the health plans, now's the time to ask! The next Q&A webinar is today from 1:30-3:30.

After that, we have our final webinar on Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Go to this page to sign up for either (the bottom two links for Nos. 9 and 10): https://www.nmrhca.org/switch-registration/

Switch/Open Enrollment Registration     Switch/Open Enrollment Meeting Registration Attendee GoToWebinar Tutorial Webinar 1: October 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Registration Link 1 Webinar 2: October 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Registration Link 2 Webinar 3: October 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Registration Link 3 Webinar 4: O...

Good Thursday morning! Our eighth Open/Switch Enrollment Webinar takes place later today (scroll down the page for the l...
10/22/2020
Fauci 'Cautiously Optimistic' for COVID-19 Vaccine by Year's End

Good Thursday morning! Our eighth Open/Switch Enrollment Webinar takes place later today (scroll down the page for the link to sign up). Meanwhile, we've heard for a while that we might have a coronavirus vaccine by year's end. Once, it seemed far away, but in the last part of October, it's a lot closer!

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the United States, said on Wednesday he is "cautiously optimistic" that a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready by year's end.

Good morning! Ever since I got my new Fitbit, 10,000 steps a day has gotten much harder! The following article lets us k...
10/21/2020
Can’t Take 10,000 Steps a Day? Do This Instead

Good morning! Ever since I got my new Fitbit, 10,000 steps a day has gotten much harder! The following article lets us know how we can get around that daily milestone.

For days when it's not feasible to cram in the recommended 10,000 daily steps, this shorter routine has got you covered—and then some

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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 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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+18002332576

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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.