Medicaid meeting planned in Roswell

Press Release: Medicaid public hearings set across the state

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department has scheduled six public meetings and one tribal consultation to discuss the proposed Medicaid Coverage Concept developed to improve the current Medicaid program and create new options for more uninsured New Mexicans.

Bingaman bill would help strengthen Medicaid, save taxpayer dollars

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today renewed his effort to pass legislation that seeks to protect and strengthen Medicaid while saving taxpayer dollars. More than 50 million Americans rely on Medicaid, the federal-state funded health initiative for low-income individuals and families.

President announces Medicaid relief

President Obama Announces More Than $95 Million in Medicaid Relief from ARRA for New Mexico Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funding available for states on Wednesday in special Treasury accounts President Barack Obama announced this morning in a meeting with the Nation’s Governors that states will be able to access the first two quarters of […]

House passes medicaid fix for rural hospitals

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-NM) today welcomed House passage of H.R. 5613, Protecting the Medicaid Safety Net Act of 2008 by an overwhelming vote of 349-62.

State raises dental care rates for Medicaid

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department has raised rates for Medicaid dental providers by 10 percent in what the department secretary says is an effort aimed at encouraging more dentists to serve lower-income New Mexicans. It’s the first increase in the rates since 1999, the department said. “This is something […]

Human Services Department Increases Medicaid Dental Provider Rates

Human Services Department Increases Medicaid Dental Provider Rates Rate Increase and Other Improvements to Encourage More Dental Participation in the Medicaid Program Santa Fe, New Mexico – The New Mexico Human Services Department has increased Medicaid dental provider rates by ten percent, the first increase since 1999.   “This is something that had to be done […]

Free immunizations available for children

By CNJ staff The Clovis Health Office, which is located at 1216 Cameo St., will offer free immunizations beginning Monday. The free clinic is part of the Tiny Tots Need Their Shots campaign. Free flu shots will also be available for children ages 6 months and older. According to Registered Nurse Connie Fiorenzio, the flu […]

Hospital to undergo more comprehensive survey

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center was out of compliance with Medicare’s conditions of participation during a state inspection conducted in February, a spokesperson from the federal agency that regulates Medicare and Medicaid programs said this week. When the Department of Health visited PRMC last month, it was there to investigate […]

House, Senate pass bill to aid uninsured

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department would set up a program to help buy health insurance for children of the working poor under legislation endorsed by both the House and the Senate on Tuesday. The bills are backed by the Richardson administration as one way to tackle the problem of […]

Seniors may have to lie down for new bed tax

David Arkin A House committee’s move on Sunday that one local lawmaker called “an example of the worst kind of government” could implement an $8.82 fee per occupied bed in nursing homes across New Mexico. The move is projected to raise about $22.5 million in state money. Because of the money the state would raise […]

Republicans discuss issues at state convention

By Darrell Todd Maurina Saturday’s meeting of the Curry County Republican Convention didn’t have much official business on its agenda — 14 delegates were elected by unanimous consent to a state convention expected to be quiet with little business — but it provided an opportunity for State Rep. Anna Crook and State Sen. Clint Harden […]

Local officials have wish list for Santa Fe

By David Arkin If lawmakers say yes, Clovis residents could soon be driving on a much-improved West Seventh Street. However, it’s anyone’s guess if lawmakers will provide the needed $800,000 for the major Clovis street. The Legislature, which starts its 30-day session on Tuesday, will be faced with a variety of tough issues, including numerous […]

Nursing home pays water bill before cutoff

By Mike Linn The city of Portales received payment for Heartland Continuing Care Center’s water bill on Thursday, nullifying the city’s threat to cut off the nursing home’s water because of delinquent payment. City clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said the city received payment in full — $10,760 — for the bill that was about five months […]

Editorial: Supreme Court discount drug ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s confused decision on an effort by the state of Maine to use the federal Medicaid program as leverage to force drug manufacturers to give other Maine residents a discount on prescription drug prices makes one wonder why the high court took the case. The decision was so fractured, with four separate […]