Officials planning health-care changes

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Senior defense officials characterized the military health benefit as “extremely rich” during a Wednesday meeting with service association representatives over plans to raise retirees’ TRICARE fees. Officials requested the meeting, say attendees, to explain to The Military Coalition, an umbrella group of three dozen military and veterans groups, why the […]

Savings under health plan overestimated

By Tom Philpott: Military Update At least a few Pentagon analysts believe the Bush administration will face a new credibility challenge if TRICARE officials tell Congress, as they have the Joint Chiefs, that plans to raise TRICARE fees and deductibles for under-age 65 retirees and their families will save $25 billion over nine years. “Somebody […]

Miliarty Digest: Health insurance bump on way

By Tom Philpott Alarmed that soaring health care costs are crimping budget dollars for higher-priority defense programs, the Joint Chiefs intend to endorse the Defense Department’s plan to raise TRICARE fees sharply over the next three years for retirees under 65 and their families, say senior military officers. One officer described a likely scenario, early […]

Officials ready to raise enrollment fees

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense Department officials have drafted plans to raise TRICARE enrollment fees and deductibles sharply over the next three years for military retirees under age 65 and their families, about 3 million beneficiaries. If the changes touted by senior Defense officials are adopted, annual enrollment fees for TRICARE Prime, the military’s […]

12/11 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • Mark E. Catanzaro, 36, pleaded guilty to embezzlement ($100-$250), receipt of stolen property ($100-$250) and is ordered to serve two years imprisonment followed by two years, two days supervised probation and pay all fines and fees. His imprisonment was suspended. • […]

11/6 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in the 9th Judicial District Court between Oct. 19 and Oct. 29: • Ismael S. Marez, 47, driving under the influence of liquor or drugs (Seventh or more offense). He was ordered to serve two years less 69 days of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised probation and […]

10/30 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in the 9th Judicial District Court between Oct. 5 and Oct. 19: • Steven Lujan, 22, was found guilty by a jury of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, concealing identity, failure to carry proof of financial responsibility, evidence […]

Military health care costs still rising

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense Department officials say it’s time users of military health care pay a greater share of rising medical costs, perhaps through higher co-payments and enrollment fees that haven’t been raised since TRICARE, the military’s managed care program, began a decade ago. In an interview, Dr. William Winkenwerder, Jr., assistant secretary […]

City approves service rate hikes

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission approved recommendations Thursday that could generate upwards of $700,000 toward raises for city employees. The commission approved the recommendations of the city’s revenue review committee, which include a hike in some city services and the transfer of funds earmarked for drainage to the general fund. […]

State tuition hike reaches CCC

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Students at the Clovis Community College will soon feel the effects of a statewide tuition hike. The Clovis Community College board of trustees voted Wednesday to increase tuition by 6.7 percent; an increase that translates to $3 more per credit hour. “It’s not something we wanted to do, it’s […]