Business Briefs 10/14

Watrin named new president
Elizabeth A. “Liz” Watrin was recently appointed as president for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico.
Earlier this month, Watrin and other Blue Cross-Blue Shield of New Mexico representatives met with key brokers, providers and community leaders in Clovis, discussing healthcare cost initiatives and significant legislative trends in the state.
Watrin began her career in the Blues system in 1980. Following a period of service with Regence Blue Shield of Washington, she returned to New Mexico and took a series of management roles before assuming responsibility for all Blue Cross-Blue Shield of New Mexico dedicated service units.
Most recently, she served as the vice president of the Member Services Division, where she managed 600 employees handling all services related to customers, including claims, member enrollment, customer service and large account marketing and service.

Eastern Plains Council of Government receives grants for nearly $60,000
Eastern Plains Council of Governments recently received $59,934 for homes in Curry, De Baca, Harding, Roosevelt, Guadalupe, Quay and Union counties.
Tucumcari Housing Authority also received $59,933 to preserve Chaparral Apartments, a 24-unit complex occupied by low- and very-low-income families.
Very-low income is defined as below 50 percent of the area median income and low income is between 50 and 80 percent.
The funds are administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Housing Preservation Grant program, which aims to repair and rehabilitate homes of low- and very-low-income families, said U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.
“These federal funds will substantially improve the quality of housing in New Mexico for those living below the area median income,” he said. “I am pleased that the needs of New Mexicans are being heard and answered with federal aid, and I will continue to fight to ensure their voices are heard.”