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Medicaid Basics

Medicaid is a program set up in 1965 by the U.S. government. It provides health insurance for low-income individuals and families. Each state has its own Medicaid program. The requirements are very much the same throughout the country.

New Mexico’s Medicaid program was renamed Centennial Care on January 1, 2014. Presbyterian was chosen as one of the four health plans that could offer it. You are asked to choose a health plan to provide your Centennial Care benefits when you apply.

Are You Eligible?

You must meet certain federal guidelines to enroll in any Medicaid program. These requirements include:

  • Citizenship
  • Residency
  • Annual Income Limits

There is no cost to apply for Centennial Care. More people qualify now. You may qualify for Centennial Care even if you could not enroll in the old Medicaid program.

To learn more about Medicaid, visit the New Mexico Human Services Department’s website on Centennial Care

How Do You Apply?

The New Mexico Human Services Department will process your application. You will be asked to choose a health plan when you apply. Presbyterian Health Plan is proud to be part of New Mexico’s Centennial Care program.

How To Apply

You may change the health plan that provides your Centennial Care benefits during your first 90 days of enrollment. For example, if you chose Presbyterian as your health plan but weren’t assigned to us, you have a chance to make this change within 90 days of your enrollment.​​​​​​

Such services are funded in part with the State of New Mexico.​​​​​​

Need Help?

505-923-5200 or 1-888-977-2333
Navajo Hotline:
505-923-5157 (in Albuquerque)
1-888-806-8793 (outside Albuquerque)
Phone hours:
Monday through Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Live chat for members:
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9521 San Mateo Blvd, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
505-923-5677 or 1-888-730-2300
New Mexico Crisis and Access Line:

We have free interpreter services to answer any questions you may have about our health or drug plan. Just call us at 1-855-592-7737 (TTY 711).

Issues or Concerns?

Have you had a problem with your Medicaid coverage or suspect fraud?