TRICARE screenings essential to health

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance While January is a great time to plan for your health in 2010, you’ll never find a wrong time to get vital screening tests. Whether you’re a man or a woman, age 25 or 65, make sure to talk with your doctor about the screening tests listed below. These […]

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 […]

Base safety partners with OSHA; contractors will be affected

By William Keely: 27th SOW Voluntary Protection Program coordinator In November of 2008 Cannon Air Force Base began the process to be recognized as an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star site. Through this program Cannon will work with OSHA to make its already exceptional safety and health programs even stronger through four key elements: Management […]

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 […]

Hospital board to dicsuss election

PNT staff The Roosevelt General Hospital board is to hear about its annual election of officers and recruitment at the hospital-based rural health clinic during its meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the hospital conference room. The agenda also includes the annual review of policies and procedures dealing with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability […]

Competition keeps health costs down

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Canada health system endless wait for some

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Press Release: Portales nurse earns top award

Carol Morgan, RN, nurse manager for the New Mexico Department of Health in Portales, received the Excellence in Public Health/Community/School Nursing award, presented by ITT Technical Institute at the 2009 Nursing Excellence Awards.

Consumers keep health care thriving

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

House passes landmark health care bill

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation Saturday night to expand coverage to tens of millions who lack it and place tough new restrictions on the insurance industry. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous. The 220-215 vote cleared the way […]

Health not found behind club doors

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist There’s only one word to describe Old Stub — weatherbeaten. He got his name years ago when a coyote played dead till he got to him and then bit off the end of one finger. Stub’s blue eyes have faded from looking at the sky for rainclouds, and his skin […]