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Medicaid & Homelessness

Medicaid, a health program that provides coverage for the poorest Americans, is a critical component to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new law sets aside billions of dollars for New Mexico to expand coverage to thousands of low-income New Mexicans – including those experiencing homelessness and at high risk to becoming homeless. Albuquerque Heading Home works with partner agencies to ensure everyone we serve gains access to the help they need.

The information provided below is from our friends at Goodwill Industries of New Mexico and is intended for informational purposes only, current as of October 29, 2013. This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. We cannot provide additional information or counsel outside of the information contained in this document.

With the Affordable Healthcare Act signed into law by President Obama in 2010, New Mexico chose to receive additional funds to increase Medicaid availability to approximately 170,000 more New Mexicans.

If you meet certain guidelines established by the federal government, you may be eligible to receive healthcare under Medicaid.  Check your eligibility and/or apply by doing one of the following:

1) Go to and complete the online application
2) Visit the Income Support Division (ISD) Office and complete a paper application
3) Call the Medicaid Expansion Hotline at (855) 637-6574

What if I already have Medicaid? How does this affect me?

If you currently receive Medicaid and have questions about continued eligibility, please contact your local Income Support Division (ISD) office.

If continuing with Medicaid, you should receive information about choosing a Managed Care Organization (MCO). As of Jan. 1, 2014, you will receive Medicaid services from your chosen MCO:

1) Blue Cross Blue Shield: (866) 689-1523
2) Molina Healthcare of New Mexico: (800) 580-2811
3) Presbyterian Health Plan: (888) 977-2333
4) United Healthcare Community Plan: (800) 851-1878

Employer Health Insurance

If you are currently enrolled in your employer’s health care insurance, you are not required to make any changes:

1) If your employer already offers health insurance, you may still shop for insurance plans on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange. In addition, you may elect coverage through a spouse/partner’s employer.
2) If your employer’s coverage does not meet certain guidelines of the Affordable Care Act, you might be eligible for a government subsidy to help pay for your insurance.

If you have any further questions about employer sponsored health plans, please contact or or call 1-800-318-2596

The information provided in this pamphlet is intended for informational purposes only, current as of October 29, 2013. This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. We cannot provide additional information or counsel outside of the information contained in this document.

Health Insurance Exchange

The Health Insurance Exchange (one part of the Affordable Healthcare Act) is designed to “Bridge the Gap” and assist individuals with signing up for healthcare coverage when they are not covered by Medicaid, Medicare or their employer. The Exchange also provides discounted insurance plans to individuals who meet specific eligibility requirements.

The Exchange is available to anyone, but is designed for people in one of the following situations:

1) If you are self employed or work at a small business that does not provide insurance coverage
2) If your employer’s insurance plan does not meet minimum requirements for coverage
3) If you are not covered by your spouse or domestic partner’s employer insurance
4) Anyone else who is not covered by Medicare/Medicaid or employer insurance

You can look at the insurance plans that are available or sign-up for a plan in the Marketplace at: or

If you do not have access to a computer you can call: 1-800-318-2596 or 1-855-99-NMHIX

Opting Out

You may elect to not have health insurance and take a tax penalty instead. Or, if you qualify, you may opt-out of the federal requirement to have health insurance.

Several groups are exempt from the requirement to obtain coverage or pay the penalty, including:

1) People who would have to pay more than 8% of their income for health insurance
2) People with incomes below the threshold required for filing taxes (in 2012, $9,750 for a single person and $27,100 for a married couple with two children)
3) People who qualify for religious exemptions
4) Undocumented immigrants
5) People who are incarcerated
6) Members of Native American tribes
7) Those on Medicare or Medicaid

Thank You

11.8.13 - Casa Ball 2013 Dennis and Dan

Just wanted to send a massive THANK YOU to everyone at Apartment Association of New Mexico (AANM), the Event Committee for Casa Ball Fever and all the fundraisers and participants for helping make Casa Ball Fever an outstanding event this year!

Your support helped raise over $8,000 for ABQ Heading Home!  If you didn’t get a chance to donate, you still can!  Click the link to donate today:  

Casa Ball 2013


Casa Ball is a fundraising event hosted by the Apartment Association of New Mexico (AANM), whose charitable focus is Albuquerque Heading Home. This year, AANM is holding Casa Ball Fever to support this important project, and to help raise monetary donations for Albuquerque Heading Home. So pull out your best 70′s outfit and join us November 8th at the Sandia Resort & Casino. The unforgettable evening includes, cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and a celebrity disco dance competition.

Heading Home’s own Board President, Daniel Macke, is even dancing to raise money. So dust off those dancing shoes and join us for Casa Ball Fever!  REGISTER TODAY* and DONATE NOW to support Albuquerque Heading Home!!!

*You must register as a Guest through the Apartment Association of New Mexico’s website to attend Casa Ball

Dancers scheduled to appear:
Eric Brower, AANM Event Chairperson
Dan Macke, Metropolitan Homelessness Project President
Marta Milans, Actress from ABC’s “Killer Woman”
Erin Muffoletto, Host of The Morning Brew
Chuck Sheldon, Apartment Association of New Mexico President

Baxter, DJ from 104.1 The Edge
Seth Kelly, AANM Board Director
Manny, Model Employee from Valley Protective Services
Lauren Poole, Lynette La Burqueña

Dex, DJ from 104.1 The Edge

Make A Difference Day


On October 26, 2013, Albuquerque Heading Home and Fidelity Investments participated together in Make A Difference Day, the largest day of community service in the country. Twelve volunteers from Fidelity Investments converged at the warehouse space to help organize donations, collect donations from off-site storage units and take pictures for our online catalog, which helps our clients choose their furniture before they move into their new apartments.

One GIANT THANK YOU goes out to the volunteers from Fidelity Investments, especially Veronica Reyes from Fidelity, who helped pull the whole thing together. With their help, we were able to provide our clients access to quality donations. If your company would like to participate in volunteering with Albuquerque Heading Home, call us today at (505) 226-1700 and ask for Robert.

Join Our October Volunteer Orientation!

Join us Monday, October 7th at 3:00pm for our monthly volunteer orientation.  From 3:00pm to 4:00pm, we host a general orientation to our regular, ongoing volunteer opportunities, such as our Friday Move-Ins and Donation Sort.  From 4:00pm t0 5:00pm, we host a general orientation about Home Team Program, which develops support teams for people transitioning into housing.

Volunteer Orientation:
We host a Volunteer Orientation every first Monday of each month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at 215 3rd St. SW.  During the first hour of the orientation, we’ll discuss our general volunteer needs listed below and in the second hour, present on the Home Team Program.

At the orientation, we’ll walk through the volunteer application process.  Please note, we conduct background checks on all volunteers wishing to volunteer regularly.  The background check costs $15.00.

If you’re interested volunteering, fill out the form below now!  For more info, please contact Robert Nelson at (505) 226-1700 or email.

Albuquerque Heading Home Releases Cost Study Results


Monday, August 23rd 2013 Albuquerque Heading Home officially released the results of a cost-benefit study conducted by researchers at the University of New Mexico. The study, designed to measure savings resulting from the permanent housing initiative, revealed a 31.6% savings in overall costs.

Current national data shows that the most vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness tend to be the highest users of community and social services such as emergency rooms, and in/outpatient treatment services. While these individuals use the services more frequently, they also require more acute care for preventable conditions which are exacerbated by the circumstances of homelessness. Jails are also frequented by this population. Expense and over-crowding are key issues in Albuquerque. The UNM study reports a 64% decrease in jail costs.

ABQ Heading Home, launched in 2011, seeks to house the most medically vulnerable experiencing chronic homelessness in Albuquerque. Findings of the local study show that this population, once housed, averages an individual savings of $12,831 annually. According to the research, the more than 200 people already housed through ABQ Heading Home could be saving the community millions of dollars a year.

“This data proves that housing, with supportive services, continues to be the solution to homelessness,” said Heading Home CEO, Dennis Plummer. “It validates the ‘Community Response to Homelessness’ that we share with our many partners,” he said. Albuquerque Heading Home is part of the implementation of a plan crafted by non-profits throughout the community to end homelessness. Copies, along with research released today, are available at

Download Press Release – Cost Study Results 9-23-13

Download the Full Heading Home Cost Study and Report in Brief

Heading Home Saves Community Dollars

Housing people as a solution to homelessness not only keeps people off of the streets, it also helps save the community money.  An independent study details costs before and after the provision of housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness in Albuquerque, NM.  The purpose of the research is to study the cost benefit of Albuquerque Heading Home.

Download The Report

Heading Home Documentary Nominated for Rocky Mountain Emmy

Last week, we got news that our Heading Home Documentary was nominated for a 2013 Rocky Mountain Emmy! The film is nominated for Politics/Government-Program Feature/Segment or Program/Special. We’d like to give a special shout out to our friends at GOV-TV and the City of Albuquerque for helping us tell our story and the stories of the people we serve. Congratulations to Dave Mathews (Director), Diego Lucero (Producer/Editor), Randy Moss (Producer/Videographer), Michael Patrick (Producer/Editor) and Robin Otten (Executive Producer) on your nomination!

The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced its 2013 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards Gala and Auction. Each year, NATAS Chapters across the country recognize and reward excellence in their broadcasting communities. Since 1976 the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter has done this through the annual Rocky Mountain Emmy (R) Awards. The event will take place on Saturday, October 19 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.