Freedom, liberty at heart of conflict

After attending a couple of events last week commemorating 9/11 and watching television coverage it is hard to believe how overwhelming that day still seems. Ten years seems like an eternity when I look at all that has happened in my personal life over that time. When I see the images of that day and […]

TRICARE young adult fees costly

Adult children of military members and retirees now can buy TRICARE health insurance coverage out to age 26, and that coverage can be purchased back to Jan. 1 this year. The cost is steep, however, with the premium set at $186 a month for coverage under the fee-for-service TRICARE Standard plan or the preferred provider […]

My turn: Age not factor for honor

Freedom New Mexico The Oscar Awards media coverage was bothersome and not because of the best and worst dressed picks. It was what they said about Best Screenplay Writer, David Seidler, who won for “The King’s Speech.” They called Seidler a late-bloomer because his first golden statuette came in his mid-70s. What a flawed cultural […]

Coverage extension comes at price

This spring, though an exact date is not yet set, TRICARE coverage will be made available to young adult military dependents out to the age 26, and that extra coverage will be available retroactively to Jan. 1 this year. But for this expansion in TRICARE coverage, by as much as three to five years, these […]

Cutting doctor’s fees cause for concern

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lawmakers took steps this past week to put military people at ease over how TRICARE benefits will be protected and, for older children, how coverage likely will be expanded as the Obama administration implements the new national health care reform law. But Congress continued to take only clumsy temporary steps […]

U.S. hockey coverage overhyped

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist Sunday was great for me — as a hockey fan, as a Ryan Miller fan and as an American. But calling it historic seems a little offsides. Yes, the United States’ 5-3 win, with Miller in net, sent ripples through Canada. The Vancouver Sun’s headline was, “Woe Canada.” On Monday, […]

Medicaid meeting planned in Roswell

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Human Services Department has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the proposed Medicaid Coverage Concept developed to improve the current Medicaid program, according to a news release. Discussion will cover proposed changes to Medicaid, a proposed buy-in to the State Coverage Plan and adding more benefits to the current […]

Limited government provides third option for Nov. 4 elections

Freedom New Mexico The Republicans want to give tax credits to individuals and families who choose to purchase health-care coverage. The Democrats want to force most business owners to provide health-care coverage to their employees. So yes, there is a clear difference between the Democrats and the Republicans on this issue, just as there are […]

Military medical coverage frustrating lately

By Anita Doberman I wish that I had something good to say about my experience with Tricare and military medicine, but today I don’t. While I am fully aware that there are plenty of excellent physicians and medical professionals who do a great job taking care of their patients, I feel disappointed and frustrated with […]

Political coverage now more like sports

By Anita Doberman You would think that being from Italy I’ve had my fair share of politics, and I certainly have when it comes to outrageous situations. But I was nevertheless surprised by the coverage of our current American political races. I am not talking about the candidates or political views, Republican versus Democrat etc; […]

Gov. Richardson speaks to lawmakers

SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson delivered the 2008 State of the State address Tuesday to a joint-session of the Legislature. The address kicked off the 30-day session. Here are his prepared remarks, as released by his press office: Lt. Governor Denish, Speaker Ben Lujan, Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, Chief Justice Ed Chavez […]

Legislators to consider health care

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By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico The 2008 New Mexico Legislature begins its 30-day session Tuesday in Santa Fe. This year’s session focuses on the state budget, but other issues come into play at the governor’s request. One of the top issues this year promises to be Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan for universal health coverage. […]

Area representatives: Health care plan not ready

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Area representatives and senators say Gov. Bill Richardson’s universal health care plan is a good idea, but it’s not ready for implementation and cost remains a question. Richardson wants to extend health coverage to uninsured New Mexicans. A summary of the plan states that the goal of insurance reform […]

Rules would change if columnist in charge

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A few years ago, I did a few pieces on how different a planet could be if I controlled the rules — a planet Kevin, based on the “Planet Charlie” standup routine of Charlie Viracola. Consider these rules of Planet Kevin, with explanations. More to come in the next […]

Group pushes for universal health care

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer By Casey Peacock A health care access advocacy group is pushing state lawmakers for a health care system that would cover all New Mexicans. “It’s becoming very important because of the rising cost of health care,” said Charlotte Roybal, director of Health Action New Mexico, at Monday’s meeting of […]

First Amendment Conference held

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Students and community members alike attended the First Amendment conference Wednesday co-sponsored by Eastern New Mexico University’s department of Communicative Arts and Sciences and the Chase. The panel discussion was designed to encourage people to question American media’s role during wartime, say organizers. Amber Davis a Public Relations Student […]

NFL should rethink decision to ban local stations on their fields

Editorial The National Football League should quickly rethink its plans to forbid local television journalists from being on the sidelines during games for the 2006 season. The league’s 32 teams voted unanimously March 31 to adopt a ban for local television stations not affiliated with the network carrying the local game. The stations would be […]