Senate quickly approves nursing home bed tax repeal

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The Senate gave quick approval Thursday to a measure that will repeal a politically unpopular tax on nursing home care. House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Santa Fe, said the House would take up a similar proposal early next week, raising the possibility that the Legislature could reach a final agreement […]

GOP pushes refund of bed tax

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers are proposing to refund to elderly New Mexicans the money they paid because of a state tax imposed on nursing homes. U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican who represents the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District, also is urging Gov. Bill Richardson to support rebating the tax to New […]

Nursing home residents caught in middle of bed tax battle

By Mike Linn A battle between state and federal governments over a bed tax is putting nursing home residents in the middle. At stake is a nearly $9 a day tax on all occupied nursing home beds in the state. The tax was instituted in 2004 in hopes of drawing extra Medicaid funding. But the […]

Heartland takes care of minor issues

By Mike Linn and Tony Parra A government Web site that compares the quality of area nursing homes has been criticized for being too vague, poorly updated and sometimes displaying incorrect information. Officials say information on nursing homes displayed on the federal Medicare.gov Web site can be a useful starting tool for people researching nursing […]

Local TV special hears concerns from seniors

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Tony Parra The “Caring for Our Seniors” television program on KENW spurred a variety of calls from listeners on topics ranging from prescription-drug cost to nursing homes. Eastern New Mexico University’s Patrice Caldwell moderated the show, which lasted over an hour, with a panelist of experts answering callers’ questions. Caldwell said that according to the […]

City threatens to cut off nursing home’s water

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By Mike Linn The city of Portales may soon cut off the water to a nursing home unless an overdue bill totaling more than $10,000 is paid. Portales City Attorney Stephen Doerr sent a letter dated June 5 to Heartland Continuing Care Center explaining that the water debt is $10,760.87. The letter said if the […]