Posted at: 10/02/2013 1:32 PM
Updated at: 10/02/2013 4:26 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, the online marketplace where residents can sign up for Affordable Care Act insurance plans, is holding several public meetings to answer questions.
Several people attended Wednesday's meeting in Albuquerque, where questions varied from "Where do we sign up?" to "What are the premiums?"
Many small business owners interested in offering health insurance to their employees were also in attendance. While the government does not require small businesses with 50 employees or fewer to offer insurance, owners at the meeting told KOB Eyewitness News 4 they wanted to take advantage of the new system and give the option to their workers.
The biggest question, however, was whether or not it would fit into their budget.
"As a CFO, I'm concerned about taking care of my employees, but also making sure that we're not spending more money," business owner Kari Juvera said.
Just like individuals, New Mexico's health insurance exchange website, www.bewellnm.com, lets business owners shop around for plans based on what they want to pay and also by the benefits they want to offer their employees.
The exchange also lets them compare prices with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lovelace Health Plan, New Mexico Health Connections and Presbyterian.
More public meetings will take place across the state through Oct. 7. View the full list below.