Military touts medical home care

Most military beneficiaries haven’t heard of PCMH or “patient-centered medical home,” a civilian-conceived strategy to improve managed care. Yet 655,000 military beneficiaries who use base clinics and hospitals have been enrolled with a PCMH team over the past 14 months and that number is projected to double this year and double again, to 2.5 million […]

Latest ruling on Obamacare encouraging

Freedom New Mexico A federal judge Monday struck a major blow against Obamacare, ruling it to be unconstitutional. The ruling is welcome by those of us who believe Congress and President Barack Obama exceeded their authority last year by imposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with its mandate that everyone must buy health […]

Chairman: Where did funds go?

Under Democratic control the last four years, the House voted to pump tens of billions of additional dollars into the Department of Veterans Affairs for improved benefits and health care. The new Republican chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee says it’s time to learn where a lot of those dollars went and to provide […]

Their view: Sen. Bingaman: Health care repeal hurts N.M.

Sen. Bingaman: Health care repeal hurts N.M. In a press release, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., says he is concerned about the financial impact of House Republicans’ plan to repeal the new health insurance reform act.

Federal judge says heath care overhaul unconstitutional

By Mark Sherman and Erica Werner President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul hit its first major legal roadblock Monday, thrown into doubt by a federal judge’s declaration that the heart of the sweeping legislation is unconstitutional. The decision handed Republican foes ammunition for their repeal effort next year as the law heads for almost […]

Press Release: Delegation opposes VA plan to restrict care

WASHINGTON – Over the next two weeks, the Veterans Administration (VA) will hold a series of public meetings to unveil plans to discontinue contract care at nine VA access point clinics in northern New Mexico.

Veteran benefits not under attack

Some of us, when we see a proposal to raise VA health care fees for a category of veteran in a report on ways to curb federal budget deficits, jump to the conclusion that veteran benefits are under fresh attack. Bernard Rostker, former under secretary of defense for personnel and now a senior fellow at […]

Game warden gets dose of humility

Glenda Price One summer we managed a guest ranch in the New Mexico mountains. Besides taking reservations, cleaning cabins and doing laundry, we had a string of dude horses. We took care of the horses and accompanied guests on trail rides in the nearby forest. We had one other duty — trash. The cabins were […]

Republicans should begin with health care repeal

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s news conference Wednesday was curious, with him shifting from a partial understanding of what he finally acknowledged was a “shellacking” of his party to extended answers couched in theory and speculation that sounded for all the world as if the midterm elections had not happened. When you get hit […]

Crying shows you care

Joan Clayton When Traci, my granddaughter, was small she said, “My mawmaw is a Christian because she cries a lot.” I guess crying is what I do best. To me a good cry is tears of love. I cry when my children go home after a visit. I cry when I hear the song “Sentimental […]

Health care remains top priority

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE […]

Elections exist for public’s benefit

Kevin Wilson I care about items in this year’s elections. And I’d benefit from many of the choices I’d make. Pat Sajak thinks that’s enough to keep some people out of the process. The game show host, posting at the Ricochet blog, made the argument against government employees voting last week. “In nearly all private […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Early voting and discounted child care

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Website of the day Here’s a link to the form you must complete for absentee or early voting in the Curry County Nov. 2 general election: https://mylocalgov.com/currycountynm/WebDept.asp?key=21 Question of the day How did your favorite NFL team do this week? Kick off the discussion […]

Our People: Taking care of business

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Lynell Skarda is the oldest practicing lawyer in New Mexico. At 95 years old, he works at his family’s bank, the Citizens Bank of Clovis. His father started Farmer State Bank and merged with Citizens in 1924. In his youth, Skarda lived with his mother in California during the school year and with his father […]

Obamacare full of hidden surprises

Freedom New Mexico The 2,300-page health care reform bill was rushed through Congress without many people — even those who voted on it — knowing many of its details. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously put it in March, “(W)e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” […]

Obamacare will raise health care costs

Robert Moffit, director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, met recently with a Freedom Communications editorial board in California for a discussion about the impending consequences of the new, 2,300-page health care law and simple, practical legislative alternatives to Obamacare that could better address problems in the U.S. health system. […]

4-Hers perpare projects ahead of county fair

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Argen Duncan DeOje Johnson, 14, makes sure the sheep are taken care of, holds a rabbit for a few moments and then heads out to stroke Precious, the horse under his care. Johnson is one of many 4-H members around the county fine-tuning animals or indoor projects in the few weeks before the Roosevelt County […]

‘Unintended’ consequences from health care reform no surprise

Freedom Newspapers During the debates on federalized health care, there was no shortage of people projecting the negative consequences of such a policy. Those consequences are beginning to be realized. Two of the country’s largest insurance providers, UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield, already have stopped issuing new coverage for children and other plans. The […]

ENMU briefs — July 21

Global Health care course provides multiple perspectives Student Health Services Director Kristin Kuhlmann will teach “Global Healthcare” this fall through an online format for the third year. The class is offered through the nursing department via Internet, but it is open to all students for a global diversity requirement. The class looks at health care […]

Reader submitted content: RGH auxiliary purchases two cribs to pediatrics department

Recently, the Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary approved and purchased two cribs for pediatric patients at the hospital. These cribs can be used for general pediatric purposes and in an intensive care and critical care scenario. The cribs provide access to the patient on all four sides, allowing treatment on both sides and at the foot […]