Bingaman to host health care town hall meeting

PNT Staff Report U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is scheduled to host a health care town hall meeting at 4:15 p.m. today at the Clovis Civic Center. Bingaman will discuss the effort in Congress to reform health insurance as a means of containing rapidly rising health care costs and hear from constituents, according to a […]

Scaled-back health care bill most likely

Freedom New Mexico The past few weeks, as Slate.com writer Christopher Beam has put it, “have amounted to a long, cold shower for Democratic health care proposals.” First came the report from Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, which showed that all the current Democratic proposals being considered in various committees not only […]

New contractors for TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: Military update Six million military health care beneficiaries, those who live in TRICARE’s North and South regions, will have new managed care support contractors and claim processors to deal with by April. In a surprise development, two of three current TRICARE contractors — Health Net Federal Services and Humana Military Healthcare Services […]

Commission approves new inmate care contract

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission has accepted a one-year,

Inmate health care to be discussed at county meeting

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County has negotiated a lower cost for detention center inmate health care and the county commission is set to vote Tuesday on whether to accept proposals. At the July 7 meeting, the commission authorized County Manager Charlene Hardin to negotiate with Correctional Health Care Management. The company submitted […]

Inmate health care, city ditch on commission’s agenda

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Jail inmate medical care and safety concerns about a city drainage ditch at the intersection of two county roads are set to come before the Roosevelt County Commission today. The commission meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the County Courthouse. County residents are asking the commission for help […]

Offering a place to call ‘home’

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Maria De Santiago, left, sits with her 6-year-old daughter Kyara and Yolanda Infante. Infante took care of Kyara for nine months while De Santiago was deployed in Afghanistan. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections staff writer Her friends call her yo-yo. But when it comes to taking care of kids, if […]

Carpet care, chili featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on caring for carpet, cooking with chili and new treatments for depression will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday. After you’ve bought new carpet, how do you get it installed and take care of it? These and other questions will be […]

Udall discusses health care, North Korea at town hall meeting

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., says the federal government won’t force people into a national health care plan and the United States won’t go to war with North Korea. Udall led a town hill meeting in a packed room at Eastern New Mexico University on Friday evening. The freshman senator said he wants […]

In focus: TRICARE vision care benefits

By Kristen Ward: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Vision care is a TRICARE-covered benefit. Here’s how the benefit varies by your plan and age: Active Duty Active duty service members and family members (ADFM) enrolled in TRICARE Prime are allowed a comprehensive eye exam every year with no co-pay. TRICARE Standard and Extra ADFM beneficiaries older than […]

Health plan may be harder to fund than thought

Freedom New Mexico After a period in which his administration declined to get too involved in the details of a planned major overhaul of the way health care is delivered — presumably to avoid the mistakes of the first Clinton administration when Congress was presented a detailed plan concocted largely behind closed doors and didn’t […]

Quality of life important to residents

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Joe Ollie Castleman knew how to play along when Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales decided to spice up things during National Nursing Home Week. There was “Western Day” and “Gilligan’s Island Day” among others, and Castleman, 90, was a sport the whole way through. For entertainment in normal […]

E-records open up care to veterans

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist President Obama’s ambitious plan to establish a lifetime electronic record for service members and veterans will improve delivery of benefits, speed processing of claims and, over time, open VA health care to any veteran, regardless of their medical condition or income level. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki first raised the idea […]

CASA seeking volunteers

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With volunteer numbers dropping in the last five years, Family and Children Support Services is holding an art show and dinner to raise money to recruit and support people to speak for children in foster care. The local Court Appointed Special Advocates organization covers both Roosevelt and Curry counties. […]

Gates: Health care needs overhaul

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ prescription for what ails the military health care system includes replacing aging hospitals, and raising TRICARE fees for working-age retirees, which Congress has kept frozen since 1995. “Health care is eating the (Defense) Department alive,” Gates told officers attending the Air War College on Maxwell-Gunter Air […]

Commission balks at inmate health care price tag

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The cost of a contract for county inmate health care has the Roosevelt County Commission looking for other options. The commissioners expressed unhappiness with the $232,000 price of the contract for County Detention Center inmate health care at their meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse. They voted to table […]

Commissioners to discuss inmate health care

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Commissioners plan to consider awarding a $232,000 inmate health care contract at their meeting, 9 a.m. Tuesday. County Manager Charlene Hardin said the annual contract would secure medical, pharmacuetical and mental health services. The county received one response to its request for services, from Correctional Healthcare Management Inc. of Greenwood […]

Medical group hosts local health care providers

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Roosevelt General Hospital Chief of Staff Les Donaldson, left, listens as Tech Sgt. Aramis Cedeno talks about medical education and training during the Cannon Air Force Base open house April 10. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections With the goals of better relationships and better care, civilian health care providers met […]

D.C. area becoming test bed of military medical reforms

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Extraordinary steps in the evolution of military medicine are occurring in the Washington, D.C., area where new medical facilities are being built to consolidate services, and a joint command is being readied to adopt cutting-edge concepts to improve quality and efficiency of service health care. Two famed medical facilities — […]