New Mexico Benefits
Food Stamps (SNAP)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the federally-funded and state-supervised program which is created to provide financial assistance to needy families, who are struggling with their monthly food expenses.
Besides providing basic financial assistance, SNAP also offers additional programs whose mission is to educate SNAP enrollees how to get the most out of their monthly benefits in order to provide nutritious meals to their families.
LIHEAP, or The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, assists low income renters and homeowners with money for their heating costs. This way low income homeowners and renters are prevented from the risk of living without sufficient energy and heating. New Mexico LIHEAP keeps its low income families both healthy and safe during those extremely cold months.
New Mexico Medicaid is a national public health insurance program funded jointly by the state of New Mexico and the U.S. federal government. Payments are strictly made to medical service providers, not to the eligible Medicaid beneficiary. Each state in the US has a different Medicaid program.
Every Medicaid program in the US has a department that caters for uninsured children. This department is popularly known as CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program). It strictly covers children who are under 18 years of age. In New Mexico, this department has been given the name New MexiKids for children between 0 to 12, and New MexiTeens for teens ages 13 to 19.
Unemployment Insurance is the federally funded and state supervised program which provides temporary financial assistance to unemployed individuals, who lost their jobs through no fault on their own. Besides providing financial help, Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides essential resources in order for every individual to find suitable employment.
New Mexico Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides necessary weatherization services to low-income households. Such households find it difficult to pay their energy costs, which makes a major part of their household income.
Just like other WIC programs in the US, the New Mexico WIC program serves women during their prenatal, breastfeeding and postpartum period. A good number of women served by the program are in their twenties. Due to the fact that age span ranges from teenage years through fifty years, WIC Nutritionist have developed a policy during their counseling that suits the mother's age and experience. This ensures that the nutritional information is presented in a manner most meaningful to the participant. New Mexico WIC Program provides the highest quality of service to New Mexicans.