Reporter’s Notebook-health

Clovis offered a stop Friday along an 18-city tour of New Mexico for state leaders looking into health care and support services issues, such as how to make the best use of resources and develop more home and community-based programs.
During a town hall meeting attended by about 50 people, the shortage of health care providers in Clovis proved to be a topic of concern. Other topics addressed include access to doctors and conflicting policies in Medicaid, particularly as it relates to foster care.
Gov. Bill Richardson’s Health and Human Services Cabinet wants ideas and opinions from New Mexicans to develop into policies and legislative initiatives.
Michelle Lujan Grisham, secretary-designate for HHS’ Aging and Long-Term Care Department, said the meetings, which will continue through August, are designed to gather information so the department can develop strategies for change.
“We’re not going to turn the system around in one fell swoop,” she said. “The answer may be a hybrid of private and public sector solutions.”
“There’s an excitement in the air about change, about things we can do to make this a better state for its citizens,” said Mary-Dale Bolson, secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department.

Reporter’s Notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Janet Bresenham. Suggested items may be mailed to editor David Stevens at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, N.M. 88102. The e-mail address is:
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