PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the March 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance for 2014 just around the corner, the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) is partnering with Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® and GetInsured® to help residents get enrolled. Jackson Hewitt® provides free assistance to paid tax preparation customers who want to apply for Medicaid, CHIP, or the tax credits available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the Exchange. GetInsured® provides premium plan selection advice so that consumers can get the best plan for them and their families. As part of this new partnership, New Mexico residents will receive discounted tax preparation and free application assistance from Jackson Hewitt® and GetInsured®.
"NMHIX is glad to offer this additional service to New Mexicans in partnership with Jackson Hewitt and GetInsured," said Debra Hammer, Chief Communications Officer for NMHIX. "We are distributing the coupons made available from Jackson Hewitt to all of our community partners, health care guides and agents around the state as well as on our website to make them readily available for those who are looking to get their taxes done and to enroll in health coverage for 2014."
"Our goal is to help uninsured individuals to avoid the tax penalty next year," said Brian Haile, senior vice president, health care policy, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. "We can help customers finish the application for the new ACA programs in just five or six minutes after we do their taxes. In fact, most of our customers can sign up for the new ACA Program without touching a keyboard or even paying for a stamp."
"The tax filing moment is an ideal time for consumers to apply for coverage because they have all of the information that they need – and they are about to get their tax refund, which they can use to pay initial premiums," said Chini Krishnan, CEO and Co-Founder of GetInsured. "GetInsured leverages a customer's tax information to streamline the online application for customers who are eligible for the premium tax credits – and we help them pick the ideal plan that meets their family's needs."
For more information, or to find the nearest office visit JacksonHewitt.com or call 1-800-234-1040. Call 1-855-99-NMHIX to find information on this program or go to BeWellNM.com to download the tax discount coupon.
About the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange
New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) was created to help individuals and small businesses get access to affordable health insurance plans. NMHIX helps consumers compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. NMHIX also helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance and if so, at what level. Through SHOP, small businesses are able to purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans. Health Care Guides and brokers/agents are available throughout the state to help with signing up for NMHIX coverage.
This media alert is supported by Funding Opportunity Number IE-HBE-12-001 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.
About Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc.
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. is the #2 provider of full service paid federal and state tax preparation and related financial service products delivered through approximately 6,400 franchised and company-owned locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including locations in Walmart and Sears stores across the United States. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service also offers an online tax preparation product at www.JacksonHewittOnline.com. For more information, or to locate your neighborhood Jackson Hewitt office, visit www.JacksonHewitt.com or call 1-800-234-1040. Jackson Hewitt can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
GetInsured.com is the leading online health insurance marketplace, combining modern technology and customer service capabilities to make health insurance shopping easy and efficient. Since its founding in 2005, GetInsured.com has helped millions of individuals and families find the right health insurance plan for their needs and budget – offering over 12,000 health insurance plans with over 100 of the nation's leading insurance carriers. GetInsured.com also provides state governments with technology solutions for the enablement of state-based health insurance exchanges, including health insurance exchange contracts in California and New Mexico.
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