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Welcome to the news & information website for participants of the State of New Mexico Group Benefits Plan. This site acts as your one-stop-shop for benefits and enrollment.

The State’s General Services Department Risk Management Division, Employee Benefits Bureau (EBB), is responsible for the procurement and oversight of employee benefits - including Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, Vision, Short & Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance. EBB insures approximately 68,000 State of New Mexico and Local Public Body employees and family members. The State’s Group Benefits Plan also offers COBRA, Flexible Spending Account Programs, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Erisa Administrative Services, Inc. (Erisa) is the State’s Third Party Administrator. They provide benefits administration to all plan participants, and offer knowledgeable staff to answer your questions.


 
Welcome EyeMed, the new vision provider for the State of New Mexico!
There are no changes to your vision plan, it will remain the same. There is no need to re-enroll into the plan, your coverage will continue as usual.
EyeMed will be sending vision members a Welcome Kit, which will include specific benefit information, your new ID card, and the run-down on how to use your new benefits.
We encourage you to take some time to look around at EyeMed’s SoNM Member Website member.eyemedvisioncare.com/sonm. Here you can see benefit details, keep tabs on claims, check to see if your doctor is on the EyeMed network, and much much more.
In the event you do not see your eye doctor listed, contact the Employee Benefits Bureau (EBB) (carmella.jasso@state.nm.us). We will work with the new provider to see about getting your eye doctor added to the network so you can stay with the care of your choice.
To review the Vision coverage Summary of Benefits, go to www.mybenefitsnm.com, and click on “Benefit Information” in the gold bar.
EyeMed Contact Number: (855) 219-3138
 

 
Fiscal Year 2021 Premium Rates for Benefits
Hike in employee benefit premiums canceled
Action taken after rescinded pay raises
SANTA FE – A letter from General Services Secretary Ken Ortiz
Fellow public employees: I am writing to let you know that the General Services Department has canceled a planned 3 percent increase in employee and employer premiums for health care and other benefits. The increase was to take effect July 1 and was to cover rates for medical, dental, vision, disability and basic life coverage for state employees and some local government workers. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham directed the cancellation of the planned premium increase following the Legislature’s decision to rescind a 4 percent pay increase for all state employees, which also was to take effect July 1. Workers earning less than $50,000 a year will still receive a 1 percent salary increase. The Legislature took the action on employee pay as part of a much broader plan to address state budget shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn that has resulted from it. The governor, like I, believed it would be unfair to burden state employees with an increase in benefit costs in a year when most will see a slight boost in pay and the remainder won’t receive any salary hike at all. Also, the premium increases would have come on top of a boost in mandatory PERA contributions for state employees. Beginning July 1, most workers making more than $25,000 a year will have to contribute one-half percent more of their pay to retirement. The cancelation of the increases in benefit premiums is another reflection of Gov. Lujan Grisham’s commitment to state employees. As you know, she has established paid parental leave and a fitness and wellness initiative for workers. State employees are government’s most important asset, and we are family. I am sure the cancelation of the 4 percent pay increase was disappointing, but I hope the rescission of the boost in benefit costs will help soften the blow.
 
 
PREMIUM REMINDER
Please be sure to look carefully at your pay advice on a regular basis, to confirm that you have all the correct benefit coverages you elected (including correct premiums for spouse/domestic partner/children, if applicable). If your deduction does not look correct, please contact Erisa at (505) 244-6000 or (855) 618-1800.
 

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