New health office will accommodate space needs

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Argen Duncan Officials broke ground for the new 6,000-square-foot, $1.5 million Portales Department of Health office on Wednesday. Public Health Nurse Manager Carol Morgan said the office, to be located beside La Casa Family Health Center on Fir Street, would house Public Health, Children’s Medical Services and Women, Infants and Children programs, all of which […]

Meetings watch: County approves amendments to county indigent health care fund policy

During the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday commissioners: • Approved amendments to the county indigent health care fund policy to increase the amount the county will pay for ambulance service to a maximum of $1,000 and decreased the amount of time allowed for claims appeals. With the changes, patients whose claims were denied have 10 […]

Free markets help people lead longer lives

Freedom New Mexico Some good news for a change: Childhood deaths are dropping worldwide. The number of deaths of children under age 5 has been cut by 35 percent in the past 20 years, to 7.7 million. The lower world rate now is 53.3 childhood deaths out of 1,000 children. The best rate, in Singapore, […]

Portales seniors keep active through Olympic games

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Local seniors are competing all week in the Roosevelt County Senior Olympics Summer Games with a chance to move on to the regional games in Las Cruces in July. Remaining events take place at Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday and Friday. Roosevelt County Senior Olympic Coordinator Lupe Montoya […]

Primary caregivers stipend approved

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Primary in-home caregivers to severely wounded veterans of current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be paid a stipend by the Department of Veterans Affairs, under a bill Congress has passed unanimously. The stipend, payable to a spouse, parent, child, friend or even a hired caregiver, will be based on […]

Local tobacco, health council programs cut by state

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County is losing its health council and tobacco prevention programs this summer, and a leader in those organizations believes politics, a smaller minority population and a low overall population are the reasons. Theresa “Terry” Teti, Tobacco Use Prevention and Control program coordinator and Roosevelt County Health Council member, […]

Cutting doctor’s fees cause for concern

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lawmakers took steps this past week to put military people at ease over how TRICARE benefits will be protected and, for older children, how coverage likely will be expanded as the Obama administration implements the new national health care reform law. But Congress continued to take only clumsy temporary steps […]

VA official stresses mental health screenings

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Close collaboration between Defense and Veterans Affairs department officials, plus proactive military screening policies are helping to identify and treat mental-health issues in returning combat veterans before they escalate into more serious, long-term problems, said the Veteran Affairs secretary. Secretary Eric K. Shinseki credited Defense Secretary […]

Higher health care costs product of reform

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at The Brownsville (Texas) Herald.

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 […]

Heart health important for women

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Heart disease. Many people think of it as a man’s disease, but women can get it too. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States — making heart health an important issue for women […]

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 […]

Dental health tips offered

By Capt (Dr.) Mike Hoge: 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Cannon Dental Clinic would like to help you to ensure excellent oral health for your children. Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease? According to the National Institute of […]

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 […]