Proposed agency offers savings

Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher TRICARE fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained. The centerpiece of the plan is to elevate the TRICARE Management Activity to a more powerful Defense Health […]

Officials urge caution following rabies outbreak

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CNJ staff photo: Tonjia Rolan Veterinarian Jack Murphy soothes Buttercup after giving her a rabies vaccination at his office on Prince Street. Tonjia Rolan A rabies outbreak in Eddy County has state and local health officials across eastern New Mexico urging caution. While there are no confirmed cases in Curry or Roosevelt counties so far […]

Budget may raise TRICARE costs

Out-of-pocket health care costs for military retirees and for users of the TRICARE retail pharmacy network would jump next October if Congress approves President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget request delivered last week. Annual active duty pay raises also would be impacted but not until January 2015 when raise caps would begin and last three years. […]

Man sought for health condition turns self in

CNJ staff A Clovis man who New Mexico state health officials were trying to locate because of a contagious medical condition turned himself in Wednesday morning to Plains Regional Medical Center, according a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. The New Mexico Department of Health was granted a temporary order of protection Jan. […]

Health department seeking Clovis man for treatment

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Courtesy photo Robert. J. Gutierrez, 45, of Clovis has been diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with cavitary lung disease. CNJ staff The New Mexico Department of Public Health is looking for a man it believes needs isolated medical treatment. Robert. J. Gutierrez, 45, of Clovis has been diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with cavitary lung […]

Friday morning briefing: Healthy money, calling all cowgirls and a poem

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Healthy money New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman says La Casa de Buena Salud in Portales has been awarded a $342,095 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help deliver health care services to the community. Cowgirls call The Cowgirls Rodeo […]

Health tips featured on show

Information on diabetes and obesity, strawberries, and making polymer clay magnets will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Author and chemist, Shane Ellison will talk about diabetes and obesity as he explains that if you treat a person’s habits, you can treat his […]

Romney’s health care proposal worth another look

F or about 10 days last month, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney floated an idea that should have been of keen interest to military veterans in retiree-rich communities. He suggested partly privatizing the veterans health care system. “Sometimes you wonder,” Romney said Nov. 11, “if there would be some way to introduce some private-sector competition, […]

Mental health needs still unmet

Despite adding billions of dollars for mental health care to Department of Veterans Affairs budgets the last four years, and the hiring of 7,000 more mental health professionals at VA clinics and hospitals, many veterans with severe combat-related stress still face long waits to get the care they need. And some VA facilities might be […]

Police looking for jail inmate

CNJ staff A Curry County jail inmate is on the loose after a mental health facility in Roswell released him, according to a press release received by fax Thursday from County Manager Lance Pyle. Quran Wiggins was taken Oct. 7 from the jail to Sunrise Mental Health Center for treatment, the release said. He was […]

Wellness event day of health education

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Gayla Jaquess, nurse manager at Clovis Health Office, speaks to a Health and Wellness fair attendee about the actual amount of sugars found in sweets commonly consumed such as soda and ice cream. Benna Sayyed The United Way of Eastern New Mexico held its fourth annual Health and Wellness Day […]

Steve Jobs could see what others couldn’t

Freedom Newspapers Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve Jobs and his family. Last week he announced he was stepping down, for health reasons, as Apple Inc.’s CEO. He no longer will oversee day-to-day operations at the world’s most successful technology company, but will serve as the company’s chairman of the board. We can […]

Government can’t demand health care

Freedom New Mexico Escaping the catastrophic consequences of the new federal health care law may be a step closer since the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week declared the linchpin of Obamacare unconstitutional. The government, said the 2-1 decision, cannot force people to buy health insurance. For those who understand government’s proper role […]

Reader-submitted content: Hospital to host health fair

Roosevelt General Hospital is hosting a free health fair Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon to celebrate the birth and first 10 years of your hospital. Adults can go to RGH and have their blood drawn through Friday and come to the health fair to pick up their results. On Saturday, they can visit with […]

Curry County celebrates Melrose health clinic opening with ribbon cutting

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Courtesy photo More than 80 people attended a Friday ribbon cutting for the Melrose health clinic, in operation since July 18. Freedom New Mexico Curry County held a ribbon cutting Friday for its new health clinic in Melrose. La Casa is managing the clinic, which opened July 18 under a three-year contract with the county. […]

Counties report rise in sexually transmitted diseases

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Carol Morgan, nurse manager for Portales Public Health Office, performs a lab procedure to test for chlamydia Friday morning in the public health office laboratory. Morgan said the office saw 27 patients with chlamydia in the first six months of the year. Alisa Boswell The number of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) […]

Pet, livestock owners warned to keep rabies vaccinations up to date

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health is warning pet and livestock owners in Roosevelt County and the surrounding area to make sure their dogs, cats, horses and other valuable livestock get vaccinated against rabies after an unvaccinated pet dog from near Portales was attacked by an aggressive acting skunk in early July. […]

Graduations —

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Stanley [image# 1, align=right, size=medium] Stephen Eric Stanley, son of Rick and Donna Stanley of Texico, graduated from Oregon Health Science University with a degree in dentistry, and will practice in Albuquerque. He is a 1999 Texico High School graduate, and a 2003 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. He is pictured with his wife, Jennifer.

Friday morning briefing: Wildfire smoke help and the battle of Gettysburg

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Smoke help The New Mexico Department of Health is reminding residents that there are toll free numbers they can call to discuss health-related or mental health concerns due to wildfires burning in New Mexico.

Official: Housing, health care among top growth priorities

Argen Duncan Housing, quality of life and health care are top priorities for regional growth management, the regional growth planner has said. At the Local Growth Management Committee meeting Wednesday in Portales, Rick Draker of RM Draker and Associates gave a close-out report on the first year of regional growth planning work. Draker said the […]