Their view: Health insurance does not guarantee treatment

Steve Jacob, a veteran health-care journalist, writes about a potential doctor shortage in New Mexico in coming years:

Their view: Navigators can’t replace insurance agents

Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters, offers this view on federal heath reform:

Grant Mcgee: Insurance job was ‘divine’ calling

Grant McGee The Lord wanted me to have a job one time. Let me explain. Years ago I needed more money for my growing family. So I moseyed on down to the state employment commission to find a job that would bring in wheelbarrows full of cash. “The Lord said you were coming. He has […]

Employers barred from offering incentives to use TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Civilian employers of military retirees once again can offer a TRICARE supplemental plan with their cafeteria-style health insurance options so that workers who elect to use their TRICARE Standard benefit can buy coverage conveniently and with pre-taxed dollars. The change took effect June 18 under a final rule published by […]

Litigious animal rights groups inhumane

Attorneys for the Extreme Humane Society of the United Suers (X-HSUS) have filed suit in the San Francisco Court of Steals, Deals, Repeals and Conceals against Geico (Government Engineered Insurance Conspirators) for mistreatment, mental anguish and misrepresentation of reptiles. Conjugal charges involve impersonation of the British (a protected aboriginal group in western European Socialist Republic) […]

Weekend hail causes widespread damage

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By Jared Tucker: PNT Staff Writer Mother Nature brought hail, rain and widespread damage to property over the weekend, which meant a big headache to auto body shops and insurance companies on Monday. George Songer, owner of Rembrandt’s Auto Body Shop in Clovis, said he has received 165 new claims since 6 a.m. Monday morning. […]

Press Release: Public Regulation Commission hosting insurance meeting in Clovis

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (Commission) encourages Clovis-area residents to attend a public comment hearing regarding Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico’s (BCBSNM) insurance rate increases. The hearing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 19 at Clovis City Hall, 321 N. Connelly, Clovis. The public […]

Insurance personal obligation

By Tibor Machan: Fredom Columnist Here is what some would consider a hard case: Someone very ill is attempting to purchase insurance but companies refuse to provide it because they have a pretty good idea that covering the illness will cost big bucks, way above what the insured and others with similar conditions can help […]

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 […]

Nurse shortage overshadows health debate

Freedom New Mexico While the president and Congress bicker over private insurance and tax funding in Washington, the question of who will provide our nation’s health care has a more direct, and important, meaning. A growing shortage of doctors and nurses already affects many Americans’ ability to get the care they need. The Robert Wood […]

Suspicious story anything but untrue

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist If ever there was a suspicious story, thought the insurance adjuster… Walter (an alias) loved his new truck. It was a bright red, half-ton rig. When he drove it down to the Sikeston rodeo grounds, he made a point to park it at the far end of the arena away […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aug. 29, 1969

A want ad from Portales news archives reads: “Help Wanted. Full time (in our plant) permanent employment. Forty-hour, five-day work week with Saturday off. Time and half for overtime. Starting salary $1.60 per hour. Free life and medical insurance. Profit sharing plan and other benefits. Apply in person. Selected Casing Inc.”

Business owners want parking space back

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission has decided to look into options for changing parking on Second Street at the County Courthouse in response to complaints from business owners across the street. Tuesday the owners asked for the return of parking spaces that courthouse parking lot remodeling had shifted to other […]

Business feature: Insurance company relies on referrals

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Mickey and Rhonda Paden have owned and operated Paden Insurance since 1981. Paden said her husband, Mickey, got tired of working in the construction business and decided to go into insurance. “We just jumped out there and did it,” Paden said. What does it take to sell insurance: Every […]

County takes big insurance premium hit

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Although Roosevelt County is spending about $64,000 more than estimated this fiscal year, the county manager said the budget adjustment is smaller than in the past. The Roosevelt County Commission approved mid-year budget adjustments Tuesday. This year’s largest increase was $35,931for law enforcement liability insurance. County Manager Charlene Hardin […]

Anti-cancer bills get new focus

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Activists are renewing their push for bills that target cancer screening and treatment in the wake of the death of Patty Jennings, the director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool. Jennings, wife of Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, died this weekend after battling breast cancer. She was […]

It’s their job: Raenell Walker

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Name: Raenell Walker Job: Customer service representative at Kenny Reed Insurance Background: Walker was raised and graduated in Portales, after which she studied business at Eastern New Mexico University. Time on job: Five years What does your job entail? When customers come in and are looking for a quote, I input and use their information […]

County commision discusses flood zone process

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is mapping the entire county for an updated flood insurance plan and Roosevelt County commissioners wants to ensure residents are aware of any flood zone changes this time around. According to County Manager, Charlene Hardin, FEMA will be gathering data over the next […]