Their view: Sen. Bingaman: Health care repeal hurts N.M.

Sen. Bingaman: Health care repeal hurts N.M. In a press release, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., says he is concerned about the financial impact of House Republicans’ plan to repeal the new health insurance reform act.

Portales past: Jan. 5, 1942

Jan. 5, 1942: The Portales Daily News: According to Inez McGee, county Health Department, a total of 296 babies were born in Roosevelt County during 1941, and there were 94 deaths.

Children of deployed more likely to seek mental health care

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON —Young children from military families are more likely to seek mental and behavioral health care when a parent is deployed than when a parent is at home, a military study has concluded. Findings also show that children of married couples — with the father as the servicemember […]

Area schools administer flu vaccine

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By Liliana Castillo and Alisa Boswell Nursing staff at the Portales and Clovis schools took half the time and gave much less pain administering flu vaccines to students this year. Flu refers to illnesses caused by a number of different influenza viruses. Both districts received only doses of the flu mist this year, which is […]

ENMU briefs — Nov. 10

Graduate student presents video game thesis Graduate student Robin Haislett attended and presented her thesis on “The Video Game Final Fantasy VII and Feminist Themes” at the International Graduate Student Research Conference at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, Nov. 4. Health services offering flu shot Today through Friday ENMU Health Services will provide […]

Republicans should begin with health care repeal

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s news conference Wednesday was curious, with him shifting from a partial understanding of what he finally acknowledged was a “shellacking” of his party to extended answers couched in theory and speculation that sounded for all the world as if the midterm elections had not happened. When you get hit […]

Health care remains top priority

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE […]

Technology eases veterans' access to health, benefits

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs officials are launching a multi-year initiative called Veterans Relationship Management, or VRM, that will greatly improve veterans’ access to health care and benefits information. “VRM will transform veterans’ interactions with VA by using innovative 21st century technologies,” said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “Veterans will […]

Their view: Behavioral health centers benefit bullied students

Behavioral health centers benefit bullied students Here’s a snippet from a New Mexico Department of Health news release about school bullying:

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Health office near completion Carol Morgan of the Public Health Office in Portales said construction of the office’s new building next to La Casa Family Health Center on Fir Street is ahead of schedule and she expects it to open March 1. Morgan said a crew of seven or eight people has been working on […]

Retired Reserve health coverage launches

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — For the first time, members of the Retired Reserve who are not yet age 60, the so-called “gray area” retirees, can purchase TRICARE health coverage for themselves and their eligible family members with the Sept. 1 launch of TRICARE Retired Reserve. Retired reservists may qualify to purchase […]

Melrose breaks ground on clinic

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Freedom New Mexico The Village of Melrose broke ground Wednesday on its new health clinic. County Manager Lance Pyle said more than 80 people attended the long anticipated event, including Melrose Elementary students, citizens and people who were involved in organizing the project. Completion of the clinic is planned for January. “It’s a great day […]

Obamacare full of hidden surprises

Freedom New Mexico The 2,300-page health care reform bill was rushed through Congress without many people — even those who voted on it — knowing many of its details. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously put it in March, “(W)e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” […]

Obamacare will raise health care costs

Robert Moffit, director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, met recently with a Freedom Communications editorial board in California for a discussion about the impending consequences of the new, 2,300-page health care law and simple, practical legislative alternatives to Obamacare that could better address problems in the U.S. health system. […]

‘Unintended’ consequences from health care reform no surprise

Freedom Newspapers During the debates on federalized health care, there was no shortage of people projecting the negative consequences of such a policy. Those consequences are beginning to be realized. Two of the country’s largest insurance providers, UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield, already have stopped issuing new coverage for children and other plans. The […]

ENMU briefs — July 21

Global Health care course provides multiple perspectives Student Health Services Director Kristin Kuhlmann will teach “Global Healthcare” this fall through an online format for the third year. The class is offered through the nursing department via Internet, but it is open to all students for a global diversity requirement. The class looks at health care […]

Los Abuelitos Senior Center planning new facility

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Argen Duncan The planned new facility for Los Abuelitos Senior Center will give senior citizens their own space and free up room for La Casa Family Health Center to expand its services, officials have said. The center now has a multi-purpose room and an exercise room at La Casa. The county received a $500,000 Community […]

Military feature: Cannon airmen part of humanitarian deployment to Africa

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Liliana Castillo Capt. Ben Britten and Staff Sgt. Marc Bustria, both of the 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Cannon Air Force Base recently returned from a humanitarian deployment to Africa. During their trip, the dentist and dental technician team, respectively, completed an Army team that provided free health services to hundreds of Africans […]

Health program open to community

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Neck deep in water, about two dozen people do leg exercises with pool noodles, stretch and more. They are participating in Amiee Constantopoulos’ water aerobics class as part of the Eastern New Mexico University Lifelong Wellness Program. Water aerobics student Shirley Wormington credits the class with her ability to regain a full range of motion […]

Their view: Health care must be rationed

Deane Waldman is the author of “Uproot U.S. Healthcare” and writes for New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government. Here’s a portion of what Waldman had to say about government’s role in health care in a recent column: