Universal health care is forced health care

Thomas Sowell: Syndicated columnist A huge headline on the front of a recent issue of the New York Times Magazine said more than they intended: “Now Are We Ready to Talk About Health Care?” Inside was an article with the same title by Hillary Clinton. The casual arrogance of that question is staggering. We talked […]

TRICARE contract plus for Standard users

Tom Philpott Military healthcare beneficiaries will be mailed information packets this year, explaining benefits under TRICARE, the triple-option health plan. The mailing will coincide with the June-through-November phase-in of new TRICARE support contracts, which will merge 11 stateside TRICARE regions into three, require all contractors to operate under the same rules and set contractor performance […]

More than $1.4 million awarded for health care

CNJ Staff U.S. Senator Pete Domenici on Monday announced that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $1.4 million to La Casa de Buena Salud, Inc. to support health care services for uninsured New Mexicans in four southeast counties, according to a press release from the senator’s office. La Casa de […]

Sellers: Ephedra ban won’t hurt business

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Many supplements, like Thermal Cut, had ephedra in them but are now back on the shelves in ephedra-free form. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Mike Dlouhy said he stands behind every product he sells. Until Monday that meant ephedra-based products. The owner of Nutri-mart Health Foods on Prince Street […]

Screening day to help drinkers learn what is too much

By CNJ STAFF Knowing how much is too much, when it comes to alcohol, is valuable knowledge that will be given away for free as part of National Alcohol Screening Day Thursday. Counselor Charlotte M. Farkas, Ph.D., will provide free screening at her office from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at 116 W. 11th […]

Initiatives by Congress may be too costly

By Tom Philpott:Military Update A senior Defense official has warned Congress against creating an entitlement-rich military the nation cannot afford. Charles S. Abell, principal deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, was asked last week while testifying before the Total Force Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee to list a few issues […]

Clovis citizens can be health aware at the fair

By Michelle Seeber A father, Casey Najera of Clovis, held his baby in his arms as he listened to parenting information. He was at the Health Fair held by the Clovis News Journal on Saturday at 21st and Prince Streets, where more than 50 groups represented health awareness. “I’ve learned a lot of stuff today […]

CNJ to host health fair on Saturday

By Ryan Lengerich Dan Otero, a physician assistant at Trinity Family Medicine, said Clovis is an average city that can do much better in terms of health. “We want people to be able to brag about the health of Clovis and want to live here,” Otero said. “To our community it is vital to make […]

School evacuated after power outage

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Gattis Junior High School students await permission to return to their classrooms Monday after being evacuated for a fire alarm. CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos. By Darrell Todd Maurina Leftover damage from an earlier lightning strike knocked out power to more than a thousand students and staff at two schools Monday morning, and also shut […]

Organizations 3/7

Delta Kappa gamma Zeta The Delta Kappa gamma Zeta chapter met on Feb. 24, 2004, at Kingswood Methodist Church. Diane Davis led members in the collect. Patsy Camp read the minutes and called the roll during which members answered with a health tip. An invitation by Phi chapter to the joint meeting on March 11 […]

Help children keep their healthy teeth

By Carol Hisel: Guest Columnist February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. In 2000, the Surgeon General of the United States published a report stating that childhood dental disease is of epidemic proportions in the nation. This is a tragedy that will affect many children into adulthood. Teeth are meant to last a lifetime. By […]

Many citizens remember baby doctor

Don McAlavy Many people in Clovis still remember Dr. George Prothro. Even though he lives in Tulsa, Okla., now, some of us still correspond with him. He is retired, but still very active in medical projects. Prothro grew up in Clovis, coming with his family from Arkansas when he was a year old in 1921. […]

Not all 40 million uninsured wronged

Tibor Machan The figure of 40 million people lacking health insurance in the United States is bandied about so much it deserves to be discussed a bit, even by a non-expert such as myself. What exactly does it mean? The implication for most who mention this figure is the federal government must do something to […]

Take advantage of new health benefits

By Tom Phillpott: Military Update activated reservists, have left thousands of reserve families unable to take full advantage yet of some new pre- and post-mobilization healthcare benefits. The unusual circumstances have TRICARE officials advising reservists to save medical receipts, explanations of benefits and other documents that could be useful weeks or months from now in […]

White House is editing our information

Leonard Pitts Jr. Black people get crappy health care. If this comes as news to you, it’s probably because you haven’t been paying attention. Numerous studies have documented the fact that, regardless of income levels and across a wide range of illnesses, blacks and other minorities have less access to medical treatment and the treatment […]

Readers defend, criticize Clovis hospital

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “Clovis hospital officials sent a man to the funeral home on Wednesday while he was still alive. A funeral home employee noticed him breathing and called paramedics. Does the incident give you cause for concern about the quality of health care in Clovis?” Some responses: “I don’t think […]

Calendar for 12/17

BOARD TO MEET The board of directors of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet in Clovis at 2 p.m. today in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library. Board members will discuss steps necessary for the creation of the Ute Water Project, to bring water from Ute Lake to communities in Curry, […]

It’s flu season in New Mexico, but not yet in Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina Although flu is striking all around New Mexico, it seems to have had less effect on the local area. Not a single flu case has been reported so far in Curry, Roosevelt, or Quay counties, authorities say. Beth Velasquez, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Health, said there have been […]

TRICARE may become available to reservists

Tom Philpott o Critics say move too costly, won’t solve problems. Dr. William Winkenwerder, the Defense Department’s top health official, has a task force working to implement healthcare gains for reserve and National Guard forces that Congress approved this month. That includes opening TRICARE, on a cost-share basis, to non-mobilized reservists who are unemployed or […]

Medicare proposal does not consider long-term effects

Freedom newspapers T he congressional debate over Medicare — mainly centered on whether to add a prescription drug benefit to the health-care program for older Americans, although other issues are in play — almost looks like an inversion of the conventional wisdom. Republicans, including former House speaker and general gadfly Newt Gingrich, are pressing to […]