Health issues, window valances featured on show

Information on gifts to make, dealing with health issues and making a window valance will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Connie Moyers is going to share some of her favorite ideas for gift giving, and many of them use scrapbooking paper and supplies, and all are […]

Equity tax buried deep in Obamacare

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.” […]

Easier solutions would address health reform

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Health reform will have dire consequences

Freedom New Mexico 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. […]

Press release: Interim committees now broadcast live

State lawmakers are in Santa Fe right now, discussing behavioral-health services. A live, streaming audio feed of interim legislative committees is now available online at http://www.nmlegis.gov

Press release: Bingaman says health insurance reform law already benefiting New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased New Mexico is able to expand its ability to provide affordable health insurance coverage for high-risk uninsured residents – one of the first benefits of the newly enacted health insurance reform law Bingaman helped write. The law will provide at least $37 million to […]

Free markets helping people live 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, […]

Press Release: Health department releases tips on surviving heat

SANTA FE, NM-With the state facing extremely hot temperatures this weekend, citizens need to take proper precautions to avoid potential health problems like heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat, the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Most […]

Health reform hurts small businesses

Freedom New Mexico Before Congress rushed approval of the massive government overhaul of health care, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously said: “(W)e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” The more we find out about the Obamacare “reform” that put the federal government in control of one-sixth […]

Nuisance ordinance tabled indefinitely

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners Caleb Chandler and Chairman Bobby Sandoval listen Wednesday as a resident offers opinions on a proposed public health and safety ordinance. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An embattled ordinance aimed at public health and safety appears to have run out of lives. During an informal committee […]

Veteran caregiver incentive offered

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 […]

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 […]

Business digest: Businesses to be notified of credits

Businesses to be notified of credits The Internal Revenue Service will begin sending postcards to 25,709 New Mexico businesses this week to notify them of benefits of small business health insurance tax credits. Tax credits of 25 percent of premium costs will be available for small businesses that purchase health insurance for employees if there […]

New Mexico businesses to be notified of health insurance tax credits

Washington, DC – This week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will begin sending postcards to 25,709 businesses in New Mexico to notify them of the benefits of the small business health insurance tax credit, which was part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was passed in March. View the postcard. “Small businesses […]

Alltech appoints Clovis office manager

CNJ staff Alltech has appointed Joelle Gensert as an office manager for its Clovis operations. She will be responsible for providing administrative support to regional managers and marketing coordinators. The animal health and nutrition company has a 240-acre site in Clovis, which includes a new sales office, warehouse, laboratory and production facility. The facility produces […]

County commission to introduce health, safety ordinance

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission plans to introduce a health and safety ordinance during its May 4 meeting the Clovis-Carver Library’s north annex. As drafted by the county’s land use committee, the ordinance addresses health and safety issues in the unincorporated areas of Curry County. County Manager Lance Pyle said in a release that […]

Prepare to pay higher costs for health care

Freedom New Mexico Proponents of the recently passed health care bill often stated that the United States should have universal health care “like Canada,” “like Europe,” “like other advanced nations.” Opponents were quick to point out that like all those other nations, nationalized health care in this country would lead to long waits and worse […]

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 […]

Letter to the editor: Lujan acted in my best interests

I want to thank my representative, Ben Ray Lujan, and all those who voted for health-care reform. With all the money being thrown at our senators and representatives by those who oppose reform, I think it is something of a miracle this bill made it through. Those who oppose reform for various misguided reasons might […]

Health reform could boost drug trade rings

Freedom New Mexico If the new health care law leads to long waits and deteriorating medical care, as many people expect, more Americans might be tempted to head across the border to Mexico for relief from minor or chronic illnesses. So Thursday’s announcement that the Mexican government plans to clamp down on non-prescription antibiotic sales […]