Health care overhaul needs new approach

Freedom Newspapers Despite a belated recognition that most Americans care more about lost jobs and the faltering economy than an effort to increase government control over one-sixth of the economy, President Barack Obama has made passage of some sort of health care revision his signature issue. He wants something he can sign by early next […]

Letters to the editor: Health reform hard to comprehend

Health reform hard to comprehend The Congressional Budget Office has issued its report on the “Estimated Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Employment and Economic Output as of September 2009.” This document contains 11 pages and analyzes the impact of the economic stimulus. Page two contains the following nugget of information: • […]

Bingaman talks health care, Afghanistan with New Mexico radio reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about the health care reform bill being debated on the Senate floor. Bingaman also commented on President Obama’s speech last night on his plans to commit 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or […]

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

Public Health Office to administer 2,000 doses of swine flu vaccine

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Public Health Office plans to administer 2,000 free doses of the swine flu vaccine Thursday. Gayla Jacquess, nurse manager at the office, said the vaccine is part of an allotment the Centers for Disease Control gives each state. The state disperses the vaccine to counties. The vaccines […]

State: Curry County woman dead from swine flu

Freedom New Mexico A 54-year-old Curry County woman and a Quay County infant are among four New Mexicans who died from the H1N1 flu virus this week, according to the state Department of Health. The Quay County infant had no other health conditions, but the Curry County woman suffered chronic health conditions, according to a […]

H1N1 vaccines being offered

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health Clovis office is offering free H1N1 flu vaccines, according to a news release. The vaccine will be given from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Clovis Civic Center to four priority groups. The vaccine will be given to children ages six months to […]

Bingaman highlights benefits of health insurance reform bill for New Mexicans

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today pointed to the many provisions in the health insurance reform legislation that would benefit New Mexicans. In a speech on the Senate floor, Bingaman said the measure that merged the work of two Senate committees would help make health care more affordable for families and small businesses, and […]

Competition keeps health costs down

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Canada health system endless wait for some

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Consumers keep health care thriving

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Press release: Bingaman talks health care reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about health care reform legislation that cleared the House of Representatives this weekend.

House passes landmark health care bill

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation Saturday night to expand coverage to tens of millions who lack it and place tough new restrictions on the insurance industry. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous. The 220-215 vote cleared the way […]

Education digest: Health center opening at CCC

Health center opening at CCC Clovis Community College will open Phase I of the Allied Health Center at 10 a.m. today with a dedication, ribbon cutting, open house and reception. The building will be dedicated in honor of Clovis residents and friends of the college, Don and Gustenia Bonner. Funding for construction of the center […]

Bingaman talks health care reform with New Mexico radio reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about health care reform legislation being debated in Congress. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman102609m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about a bill he introduced and was passed in Congress that recognize […]

Press release: Bingaman talks health care reform with N.M. reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about health care reform legislation being debated in Congress.

Health not found behind club doors

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist There’s only one word to describe Old Stub — weatherbeaten. He got his name years ago when a coyote played dead till he got to him and then bit off the end of one finger. Stub’s blue eyes have faded from looking at the sky for rainclouds, and his skin […]

More people turning to taxpayer-supported clinics

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo La Casa Family Health Center in Clovis is renovating to create more exam rooms, office and waiting room space to accommodate an influx in new patients. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The recession is causing more people in the area to turn to taxpayer-supported health centers that provide care […]

Health care providers preparing for surge of flu cases

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Department of Health is warning local health care providers to look for a surge in flu cases in upcoming weeks, including the H1N1 strain. Director of Marketing for Roosevelt General Hospital Gay Weese said the surge is normal for flu season. “Flu season works in waves,” […]

Government only drives up reform costs

Freedom New Mexico Finally ending what has been one of the more excruciating legislative episodes in recent history, the Senate Finance Committee has approved the Baucus bill. It happened after months of debate and negotiation on health care legislation. Now the real battles can begin. The Baucus bill, named for committee chairman Max Baucus of […]