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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.

 

Employment

Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
800.669.4000
info@eeoc.gov
www.eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org
www.AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243
www.dol.gov/whd

State Fair Employment Agency
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Human Rights Bureau
800.566.9471 or 505.827.6838
https://www.dws.state.nm.us/Human-Rights-Information

Vocational Rehabilitation
New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehab
http://www.dvr.state.nm.us

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

New Mexico Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
800.318.2596
www.healthcare.gov/

New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance
855.427.5674
www.osi.state.nm.us

COBRA
U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration
866.444.3272
www.dol.gov/ebsa

COBRA-New Mexico
New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance
855.427.5674
www.osi.state.nm.us

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP)
214.767.4461
www.medicaid.gov/chip/chip-program-information.html

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family
InsureKids.gov
https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/coverage/nm/index.html

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicare

Medicare
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE (633.4227)
www.medicare.gov

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD)
800-432-2080
http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

More Health Insurance Resources

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
505.841.8617
www.dws.state.nm.us/

Agency: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

Information is available at: https://www.dws.state.nm.us/Unemployment. File here: http://www.jobs.state.nm.us/ or by phone 1-877-664-6984. The maximum weekly benefit amount available is $511. Benefits can be claimed for a maximum of 26 weeks. Payment is available via direct deposit or debit card. Informational videos are available at: https://www.dws.state.nm.us/en-us/Unemployment/10-Things-You-Should-Know-About-Filing-Your-UI-Claim. A comprehensive guidebook is available here: https://www.dws.state.nm.us/Portals/0/DM/UI/PracticeManual/UI_Practice_Manual_2016_0401.pdf?ver=2016-04-01-103012-000. 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: https://www.dws.state.nm.us/COVID-19-Info

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

N.M.S.A. §59A-22-43 – The statute applies to private insurers, non-profit health service providers, HMOs, managed care organizations, provider service organizations, and other state medical assistance programs.  These entities must cover routine patient care costs arising from cancer clinical trials.  Limited or specified disease policies are specifically excluded from the statute.  The insurer is not bound to pay any out-of-state or out-of-network costs unless specifically set forth in the policy.

Coverage is limited to Phase II, III and IV cancer clinical trials.  Next, 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.  Third, the clinical trial must be approved by either:  (1) NIH, (2) NIH cooperative group or center, (3) U.S. F.D.A., (4) U.S. Dept. of Defense, (5) U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, or (6) a qualified research entity that meets the criteria set forth by the NIH for grant eligibility.  Additionally, an IRB must review and approve the trial to ensure protection of human subjects.  Furthermore, 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 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.  A superior, non-investigational alternative must not exist.  Moreover, the facility and personnel providing the experimental treatment must be experienced.  No third party is liable for damages associated with the experimental treatment.  (Current 6/9/2011)

https://www.nmlegis.gov/sessions/01%20Regular/bills/senate/SB0240.html

Paid Family Sick Leave

New Mexico does not have statewide paid family medical leave. However, Bernalillo County employers must provide for paid sick leave accrual of 23 hours, rising to 40 hours/year in 2021 and 56 hours/year in 2022.