New Mexico Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to New Mexico.


Disability Insurance

Federal Disability Insurance (SSDI & SSI)
Social Security Administration

Find your local SSA office

More Disability Resources

Consumer Rights


Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division

State Fair Employment Agency
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Human Rights Bureau
800.566.9471 or 505.827.6838

Vocational Rehabilitation
New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehab

More Employment Resources

Medicaid Programs

Triage Cancer Guide to Medicaid Expansion

New Mexico Centennial Care
855.637.6574 or 888.997.2583

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP)

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family

More Health Insurance Resources

Health Care Programs & Laws

Women’s Health & Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Sharing Medical Information with Family & Friends

Hill Burton Federally-Funded Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Community Clinics

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

Breast & Cervical Cancer Program


Local transit systems may provide free or discounted rates for low-income individuals and families. Some cities also offer bus passes, vouchers for taxi or ride-sharing services, or shuttle services for patients traveling to cancer treatments.

Dial 211 for assistance.

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

Agency: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

Information is available here. File here or by phone 1.877.664.6984. Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. Payment is available via direct deposit or debit card. Informational videos are available here. A comprehensive guidebook is available here. Most claimants will be required to report two job search contacts per week while certifying weekly claims for benefits. Job search resources for claimants are available on the main website. Customer service can be reached by phone 1-877-664-6984.

Updates related to New Mexico unemployment benefits and Covid-19

State Clinical Trials Law

N.M. Stat. Ann. § 59A-22-43

Who must cover the costs? Private insurers, non-profit health service providers, HMOs, managed care organizations, provider service organizations, and other state medical assistance programs. However, limited or specified disease policies are specifically excluded from the statute

What must be covered? Routine patient care costs arising from cancer clinical trials. However, the insurer is not bound to pay any out-of-state or out-of-network costs unless specifically set forth in the policy.

Requirements for Coverage: The purpose of the trial must involve either the prevention of cancer re-occurrence, early detection, or treatment for which no equally or more effective standard treatment exists and an IRB must review and approve the trial to ensure protection of human subjects.  The clinical trial must not be designed to test solely for the toxicity or disease pathophysiology, and it must have a therapeutic intent.  The statute also sets forth various requirements for the protocol of the study, including criteria for patient selection and reasonable expectation that the treatment will be at least as effective as standard cancer treatment, among others.  Moreover, the facility and personnel providing the experimental treatment must be experienced.  No third party is liable for damages associated with the experimental treatment

Qualifying Trials: The clinical trial must be approved by either: (1) the NIH, (2) the NIH cooperative group or center, (3) the U.S. F.D.A., (4) the U.S. Dept. of Defense, (5) the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, or (6) a qualified research entity that meets the criteria set forth by the NIH for grant eligibility.

(Current as of 8/2022)

State Leave Laws

  • Paid Family Leave: New Mexico does not have statewide paid family medical leave. However, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Services has created a taskforce to develop recommendations for the enactment of Paid Family and Medical Leave in the state, with recommendations due October 1, 2022. For more information, see their website.
  • Paid Sick Leave: New Mexico passed the Healthy Workplaces Act in 2021, which became effective on July 1, 2022. All private employers, regardless of size, are covered under the law. The law requires that employees accrue paid leave at a rate of at least one hour per every 30 hours worked. Employees may not use more than 64 hours of paid leave per each 12 month period. For more information on the law, see New Mexico's Reference Guide.

For more information about leave laws in each state, see our chart on taking time off from work.