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 […]