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 […]

Servicemembers advised to take care with leases

By Cindy Middleton: 17th Training Wing Legal Office GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Many people have problems with their landlord after renting or leasing a house or apartment, but reading and having a clear understanding of the agreement before signing it can help renters and lessees avoid several of these difficulties. Before signing the […]

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.” […]

FCC provides training for in-home child care

Cannon Connections Photo: Jared Tucker Laela Lancaster, 11 months, plays with a stuffed toy just before nap time. Her mother, Ashley Lancaster, has been an Family Child Care provider since January, and said she enjoys her job because she makes lesson plans to teach the children. By Jared Tucker: Cannon Connections There are enough in-home […]

Child care fees change to maintain services

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is adjusting its child care fees, adding categories for its highest income earners, to compensate for six years without fee range increases, Pentagon officials announced July 30. The department’s Military and Community Family Policy Office has added three categories to the top of […]

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 […]

Their view: Health care must be rationed

Deane Waldman is the author of “Uproot U.S. Healthcare” and writes for New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government. Here’s a portion of what Waldman had to say about government’s role in health care in a recent column:

Meetings watch: County approves amendments to county indigent health care fund policy

During the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday commissioners: • Approved amendments to the county indigent health care fund policy to increase the amount the county will pay for ambulance service to a maximum of $1,000 and decreased the amount of time allowed for claims appeals. With the changes, patients whose claims were denied have 10 […]

GOP candidates back health care lawsuit

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Without the two highest-polling contenders, a trio of gubernatorial candidates took to the campus and airwaves of Eastern New Mexico University to make their pitches. Republican governor hopefuls Janice Arnold-Jones, Pete Domenici Jr. and Doug Turner faced questions in front of about 100 audience members Tuesday at the Becky […]

Official urges Gulf War vets to seek VA care

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Gulf War veterans with medical symptoms should seek treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs in light of a recent study stating Gulf War service is a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder, a senior military health system official said. If Gulf War veterans seek care through […]

Primary caregivers stipend approved

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Primary in-home caregivers to severely wounded veterans of current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be paid a stipend by the Department of Veterans Affairs, under a bill Congress has passed unanimously. The stipend, payable to a spouse, parent, child, friend or even a hired caregiver, will be based on […]

Higher health care costs product of reform

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at The Brownsville (Texas) Herald.

Health care just another government mandate

This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. T he passage of the federal health care bill is likely the result of a confluence of various factors. A costly existing system, primarily due to doctor shortages, the cost of existing regulation and hefty lawsuit […]