Health reform protects military benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Republican lawmakers raised the specter of military families and survivors of veterans seeing health care costs rise as a result of the national health reform law that President Obama signed March 23. But the threat was never more than a notion and it is fading away. That’s the consensus among […]

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 […]

Their turn: Udall declares ‘new day’ in health care

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, issued the following statement after President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during a ceremony at the White House: “Today is a new day for health care in our country. New Mexicans have waited generations for health insurance reform. With this new law, we establish […]

Not all satisfied with health care legislation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Healthcare legislation signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama was no doubt historic. But some Clovis residents feel it’s more about Democrats and Republicans than the year-long process was about Americans. “I think they’re playing politics,” said Jimmy Dimas, a retired school employee who moved to Clovis five […]

Odds of passing health care bill getting slimmer

Freedom New Mexico There is a certain surreal air to the discussion surrounding a new White House health care reform proposal and the upcoming “summit” on health care between President Obama and congressional Republicans scheduled Thursday. Proponents of government-oriented health insurance reform confidently predict that if the president can simply expose the Republicans as obstructionists […]

Meetings watch: Hospital waits on rate approval to bill Medicaid

Roosevelt General Hospital Board has been approved but have to wait a little longer before it can bill Medicaid as a rural health clinic on a cost basis. Hospital Administrator Larry Leaming said the hospital can start implementing systems to bill Medicare and Medicaid for rural health clinic visits. Leaming said he is just waiting […]

Alliance only way reform will succeed

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has invited congressional Republicans to participate in a bipartisan televised summit on health care. It’s about a year late. Will such a meeting reflect a realistic understanding of what has turned so many of the American people against the different versions of health insurance reform that have passed the […]

Current TRICARE contracts extended

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Six million military health care beneficiaries learned last July that their TRICARE support contractor would be changing on April 1, 2010, because those companies that run TRICARE’s North and South Regions had lost in competing for the next generation of contracts. But what a difference six months makes. Government auditors […]

Health tips featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative living Information on choosing a career or life coach, staying healthy, and learning to make our dreams come true will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Judi Moreo is a motivational speaker and an author, and she’s going to talk about her latest […]

Veterans cautious of health reform

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist As House and Senate Democrats negotiate a final compromise national health care reform bill, military people across the nation — and their advocates in Washington D.C. — remain vigilant for side effects. The Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders have tried to reassure military members, retirees and veterans that national […]

Health care not entitlement

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist I am fond of affordability. That extends to insurance.My home, car, health and sometimes travel insurance would at their best be something I can well afford. But then this is so with whatever it is that I am in the market for — shoes, food, furniture, electronics, etc. I like […]

Senate OKs health care measure, reaching milestone

By Erica Werner: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history. “We are now finally poised to deliver on the promise of […]

ENMU club seeking used shoes

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Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The Students Health and Physical Education Club at Eastern New Mexico University is looking for used shoes. The Used Shoe Drive collects worn shoes, which are sent to Nike for recycling. The shoe drive is going on until Friday. Mary Drabbs, Health and Physical Education chairperson, said the concept originated […]

Health care overhaul needs new approach

Freedom Newspapers Despite a belated recognition that most Americans care more about lost jobs and the faltering economy than an effort to increase government control over one-sixth of the economy, President Barack Obama has made passage of some sort of health care revision his signature issue. He wants something he can sign by early next […]

‘Up-cycling’ denim featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative living Information on recycling denim, the health benefits of probiotics and “up-cycling” clothes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon. Outgrown or worn out doesn’t have to mean outdated. Barb Chauncey has written a book titled “Denim by Design,” and she’s going to show […]

Clovis health office to administer 2,000 doses of swine flu vaccine

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Public Health Office plans to administer 2,000 free doses of the H1N1 vaccine Thursday. Gayla Jacquess, nurse manager at the office, said the vaccine is part of an allotment the Centers for Disease Control gives each state. The state disperses the vaccine to counties. The vaccines are […]

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

Commissioners: Money for health care, state freezing cash

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At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday commissioners: • Approved a request to provide almost $600,000 in matching money, enabling Roosevelt General Hospital to receive state community hospital money for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The county money comes from the indigent fund. With county and state contributions, RGH hopes to receive about $2.7 million. • […]

Woman, infant die of swine flu

PNT staff report A 54-year-old Curry County woman and a Quay County infant are among four New Mexicans who died from the H1N1 flu virus this week, according to the state Department of Health. The Quay County infant had no other health conditions, but the Curry County woman suffered chronic health conditions, according to a […]

Portales nurse receives recognition

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New Mexico Department of Health registered nurse Carol Morgan of Portales recently received the Excellence in Public Health/Community/School Nursing award from the ITT Technical Institute. Background: Morgan has been in nursing for 29 years. She said she moved to New Mexico from Michigan due to a nursing shortage here. In Michigan, nurses were being laid […]