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State Auditor Tim Keller Moves To Halt Health Insurance Extraordinary Dividends

on July 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller has called on the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) to halt the approval of “extraordinary dividend” payments for health insurance companies until issues involving potential underpayments of premium taxes are resolved.
 
For example, despite current concerns about money that may be owed to the State of New Mexico, companies, including Presbyterian and Lovelace, have had approved dividends of more than $100 million.

Luján Amendment To Protect Those Exposed To Radiation Passes House

on July 14, 2017 - 1:05pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  An amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) to care for those exposed to radiation was unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives late last night.
 
The amendment expresses the sense of Congress that it is appropriate for the U.S. government to compensate all miners, workers, downwinders, and others suffering from the effects of uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War.
 
“Many Americans sacrificed a great deal to ensure our national security.

Letter To The Editor: Cautions About Hemp/Cannabis

on July 14, 2017 - 8:24am
By DENNIS LITTLE
Los Alamos

Saying it’s legal (hemp) cannabis is at least misleading and may end up getting someone fired and/or arrested (link). It is legal by New Mexico law but is still a federal crime and the current administration has made it clear they will go after users/sellers even if the state says it’s OK with it.

LANL also has a no-tolerance policy for drugs, so first offense can lead to immediate termination.

Salmonella: Make Your Food Safer To Eat

on July 14, 2017 - 4:29am

CDC News:

You may know that Salmonella can contaminate poultry and eggs, but it also sneaks its way into many other foods. It can contaminate ground beef, tuna, pork, tomatoes, sprouts, and even peanut butter. Learn what you can do to make your food safer to eat.

Salmonella is a bacteria that commonly causes foodborne illness, sometimes called “food poisoning.” CDC estimates Salmonella causes 1 million foodborne illnesses every year in the United States.

NMDOH: Avoid Ticks And Tickborne Disease

on July 13, 2017 - 7:26pm

NMDOH News:

While many New Mexicans are aware mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus and fleas potentially are infected with Plague, there are lesser known but potentially deadly diseases in the state where the infectious agent is carried by ticks.

“There are usually a few cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever every year in New Mexico and occasional cases of diseases such as relapsing fever and Colorado tick fever,” said Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian with the Department of Health.

Legal Hemp Comes To Los Alamos

on July 13, 2017 - 5:30am
Linda Casias of Float Los Alamos shows off a wide variety of legal hemp products carried at her business. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Legal hemp has made it to Los Alamos and is being sold at Float Los Alamos. Owners Linda Casias and her husband Carlos began carrying a number of products containing hempabout 10 months ago, she said.

“A client recommended we should be carrying it and we did some research,” she said. “We found out it is perfectly legal in New Mexico.”

Float Los Alamos carries oils, tinctures, capsules and even

DEA Launches Website To Target College Drug Use

on July 12, 2017 - 2:20pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration launched CampusDrugPrevention.gov, a new website focused on preventing and addressing college drug use.
 
“We must talk to folks about the dangers and consequences of drug abuse, and base those conversations on facts and science,” DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said. “With this website, we put valuable information in the hands of higher education leaders who can use it to enlighten, teach, and change the culture.”
 
This new website is DEA’s latest effort to support drug abuse prevention programs on

AG Files Lawsuit Against Presbyterian Health Plan, Presbyterian Network, Presbyterian Insurance For Fraud

on July 11, 2017 - 10:17pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

STATE News:

SANTA FE - Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has filed a lawsuit against Presbyterian Health Plan, Presbyterian Network and Presbyterian Insurance Co. for fraud based on the systematic, deliberate underpayment of taxes on premiums received or written.

The Office of the Attorney General’s complaint alleges that between 2001 and 2015, Presbyterian routinely filed false claims for premium tax deductions and credits, thereby defrauding the people of New Mexico and evading its legal duty to pay these taxes.

The Presbyterian

State Auditor Responds To Presbyterian Lawsuit

on July 11, 2017 - 5:53pm

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- State Auditor Tim Keller responded to the announcement the Attorney General Hector Balderas is suing Presbyterian  over allegations that it falsified deductions and credits through the Medicaid program, thus evading tens of millions in premium taxes and surcharges:

“We are confirming that our office is conducting an ongoing audit of premium tax collection that covers many issues with major New Mexico health insurance providers over multiple years.

Annual Cancer Survivors Dinner Aug. 12

on July 11, 2017 - 4:17pm

COMMUNITY News:

The Annual Cancer Survivor Dinner has been slated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Cottonwood On The Greens.

All cancer survivors are invited to attend with a guest. The dinner is being hosted by the American Cancer Society Los Alamos Relay for Life and Los Alamos Medical Center.

The purpose of the dinner is to honor and celebrate those who have fought cancer or are fighting cancer as well as one caregiver or member of their support system. There is no cost for tickets but those who plan to attend should register in advance.

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