Proposed agency offers savings

Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher TRICARE fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained. The centerpiece of the plan is to elevate the TRICARE Management Activity to a more powerful Defense Health […]

Officials urge caution following rabies outbreak

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Tonjia Rolan A rabies outbreak in Eddy County has state and local health officials across eastern New Mexico urging caution. While there are no confirmed cases in Curry or Roosevelt counties so far this year, the outbreak may be related to drought conditions, according to State Public Health Veterinarian Paul Ettestad. “Drought conditions are driving […]

Their view: Health insurance does not guarantee treatment

Steve Jacob, a veteran health-care journalist, writes about a potential doctor shortage in New Mexico in coming years:

Budget may raise TRICARE costs

Out-of-pocket health care costs for military retirees and for users of the TRICARE retail pharmacy network would jump next October if Congress approves President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget request delivered last week. Annual active duty pay raises also would be impacted but not until January 2015 when raise caps would begin and last three years. […]

Religion column: Laughter good for your health

Have you ever read some of those “not meant to be funny” church bulletins? I like the one “Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.” Or how about this one? “For those of you who have children […]

La Casa receives federal grant

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Christina Calloway The La Casa de Buena Salud health care center in Portales will receive $342,095 a year for five years as part of a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help continue delivering health care services to the Portales community, according to Sen. Jeff Bingaman, R-N.M. “Many New […]

Health department seeking Clovis man for treatment

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CNJ staff The New Mexico Department of Public Health is looking for a man it believes needs isolated medical treatment. Robert. J. Gutierrez, 45, of Clovis has been diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with cavitary lung disease. The New Mexico Department of Public Safety issued a press release regarding Gutierrez Monday morning labeled “missing-endangered-caution person […]

La Casa to receive grant

A Portales health care center is getting grant money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human services. U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced Thursday that La Casa de Buena Salud in Portales has been awarded a $342,095 grant to help deliver health care services to the community. “Community health care centers, like La Casa de […]

Health tips featured on show

Information on diabetes and obesity, strawberries, and making polymer clay magnets will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Author and chemist, Shane Ellison will talk about diabetes and obesity as he explains that if you treat a person’s habits, you can treat his […]

Mental health needs still unmetal health needs still unmet

Despite adding billions of dollars for mental health care to Department of Veterans Affairs budgets the last four years, and the hiring of 7,000 more mental health professionals at VA clinics and hospitals, many veterans with severe combat-related stress still face long waits to get the care they need. And some VA facilities might be […]