Letter to the editor: Group strives to inform voters

Group strives to inform voters I am president of the High Plains Patriots, a non-partisan group whose purpose is to ensure American voters are informed and educated on political issues. Twice last month, we had this opportunity. First, was the town hall meeting with U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and approximately 450 people attended on […]

On health care debate, good to think of others

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist In health care debate, good to think of others Solipsism is a philosophical approach holding that, ultimately, one’s own existence is the only thing of which one can be assured. In it’s extreme form, it almost becomes a lampoon of itself, holding that the entire world simply exists in the […]

Group hosting health care forum

CNJ staff The High Plains Patriots are hosting a health care forum noon Saturday at Marshall Junior High School. Physicians will be on hand to answer questions concerning the proposed Health Care Reform Bill. Others will be present to answer questions concerning water restoration and cap and trade bills. Information: highplainspatriots.com

Bingaman hosting health care town hall meeting

CNJ staff U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is scheduled to host a health care town hall meeting at 4:15 p.m. today at the Clovis Civic Center. Bingaman will discuss the effort in Congress to reform health insurance as a means of containing rapidly rising health care costs and hear from constituents, according to a news […]

State rep. launches health reform Website

CNJ Staff Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., has launched a health insurance reform Web page. The Web page includes information about his position on health care reform, links so that constituents can read the full bill, and a new contact form that allows constituents to outline their opinions on health care and send them to […]

Bingaman talks with New Mexico radio reporters about health care reform legislation

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio 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/bingaman080309m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman gives a brief overview of the Senate’s schedule this week. 01:38 – Bingaman talks […]

Scaled-back health care bill likely

Freedom New Mexico The past few weeks, as Slate.com writer Christopher Beam has put it, “have amounted to a long, cold shower for Democratic health care proposals.” First came the report from Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, which showed that all the current Democratic proposals being considered in various committees not only […]

Health care tops list of topics during Bingaman’s weekly call with New Mexico radio reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio 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/bingaman072709m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about the 2010 Defense Authorization bill that cleared the Senate last week and […]

Tuesday’s with Tom: Udall Talks about Veteran’s Issues as Well as the Ongoing Health Care Debate

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall today talked with radio reporters from around the state about topics including committee approval of his initiative to require training for flight attendants and gate agents to deal with intoxicated or belligerent passengers, the ongoing health care debate, and veterans issues. If you are interested in obtaining an .mp3 […]

New contractors for TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: Military update Six million military health care beneficiaries, those who live in TRICARE’s North and South regions, will have new managed care support contractors and claim processors to deal with by April. In a surprise development, two of three current TRICARE contractors — Health Net Federal Services and Humana Military Healthcare Services […]

Bingaman talks with New Mexico radio reporters about health care reform bill

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio 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/bingaman072009m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s passage of a health care reform […]

Bingaman talks health care with New Mexico radio reporters

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked about health care and other issues with New Mexico radio. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman070609m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about health care reform legislation being written in the Senate. 01:44 – Bingaman talks about climate change legislation […]

Letter to the editor: Abandoned homes disgrace to city

Abandoned homes disgrace to city Keep Clovis beautiful. Do we really need reminders for that? Keep weeds cut and debris picked up. Really? We have abandoned houses throughout this town that attract rats, cockroaches, undesirable behavior, and yes, even an occasional dead body. Should these property owners not be made to clean up those properties […]

Offering a place to call ‘home’

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo De Santiago and Kyara take a quite moment to themselves. The mother-daughter pair will be staying with the Infantes until they can move into their new apartment. Her friends call her yo-yo. But when it comes to taking care of kids, if a military mom is deployed overseas, Yolanda Infante […]

Offering a place to call ‘home’

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Maria De Santiago, left, sits with her 6-year-old daughter Kyara and Yolanda Infante. Infante took care of Kyara for nine months while De Santiago was deployed in Afghanistan. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections staff writer Her friends call her yo-yo. But when it comes to taking care of kids, if […]

Health care overhaul will prove costly

Freedom New Mexico You have to admit it takes a certain amount of chutzpah to try to sell expanding the role of government in health care as a way of controlling costs and improving services. Yet judging by recent statements and his speech Monday to the American Medical Association, that has become one of President […]

Udall discusses health care, North Korea at town hall meeting

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., says the federal government won’t force people into a national health care plan and the United States won’t go to war with North Korea. Udall led a town hill meeting in a packed room at Eastern New Mexico University on Friday evening. The freshman senator said he wants […]

In focus: TRICARE vision care benefits

By Kristen Ward: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Vision care is a TRICARE-covered benefit. Here’s how the benefit varies by your plan and age: Active Duty Active duty service members and family members (ADFM) enrolled in TRICARE Prime are allowed a comprehensive eye exam every year with no co-pay. TRICARE Standard and Extra ADFM beneficiaries older than […]

Health plan may be harder to fund than thought

Freedom New Mexico After a period in which his administration declined to get too involved in the details of a planned major overhaul of the way health care is delivered — presumably to avoid the mistakes of the first Clinton administration when Congress was presented a detailed plan concocted largely behind closed doors and didn’t […]

Press release: Bingaman to discuss health care legislation at the White House

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked to New Mexico radio reporters about the Senate’s work to write comprehensive health care legislation and about going to the White House to discuss this important topic.