Bills seek to shore up interlock fund

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican A pair of lawmakers are working this session to make sure the state can continue to help low-income New Mexicans who are convicted of DWI get access to ignition interlock devices. The work by Sen. Kent Cravens, R-Albuquerque, and House Majority Leader Ken Martinez, D-Grants, would define […]

Indigent care demands jump

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Dr. Tracy Arghavani reviews patient charts between appointments at a nurse’s station of La Casa Family Health Center in Portales. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer Demand for indigent care has jumped almost 40 percent at one local hospital and increased four-fold at area clinics for the poor and under-insured. […]

Counties look to save indigent funds

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer New Mexico counties are fighting to keep a program that funds indigent health care and keeps health care costs from rising. A temporary suspension Congress imposed preventing a new Medicaid rule expires in May, according to Interim Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. The rule terminates a state and federal […]

Snapshot: A look at indigent health care

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Indigent Funds Program is to help offset the cost incurred by Plains Regional Medical Center for providing medical care to low income residents. Curry County Indigent Administrator Lance Pyle believes many people in the community are unaware of the program. “The indigent program can pay Medicaid […]

Serviceman gives county medal

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commission Chairman Ed Perales accepted an honorary medal on behalf of the county from Lt. Richard Benavidez on Tuesday. Benavidez, who is employed at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, recently spent 15 months serving in Washington, D.C., with his National Guard unit. The native New Mexican, […]