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Heinrich: GOP Healthcare Plan Disastrous As Expected

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored the GOP healthcare plan.
 
According to CBO estimates, 14 million would be uninsured by 2018 and 26 million by 2026.
 
“The Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the Republican healthcare bill will be as disastrous as we expected. 14 million will be uninsured by next year, and 24 million by 2026. The Republican plan would

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Bill To Allow Pharmacists To Dispense Interchangeable Biosimilar Medicines Passes Senate

NM SENATE News:
 
The New Mexico Senate on Monday unanimously passed Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill, HB 260, which will allow pharmacists in the state, when filling a prescription for a biologic medicine, to dispense less-expensive biosimilar medicines once the Federal Drug Administration has determined that the medicine is interchangeable with an existing biologic treatment.
 
“With biological products becoming increasingly important in treating medical conditions from cancer to rheumatoid arthritis, and with the FDA currently considering

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SFCC Meet And Greet With Respiratory Care Dept.

SFCC News:
 
The public and current community college students are invited to meet the SFCC Respiratory Care program director Rebecca Jeffs. Current students should bring a copy of your transcript and learn how you can transition into the program. 
 
Attend one of the meet and greet sessions to find out what opportunities will open up for you with a degree in Respiratory Care. Respiratory therapists who earn a degree at SFCC find good jobs in hospital settings, emergency rooms, critical care units, clinics and home health care organizations.

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Volunteers Sell Daffodils For LAVNS Hospice

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services volunteers selling daffodils during the past two days at various locations in Los Alamos and White Rock, from left, Patricia Rathbone, Allene Lindstrom, Ruth Lier, Beth Riker and customer Virginia Burgess. Photos by Jennifer Bartram


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Zandree Stidham Benefit Concert At UNM-LA April 21

Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Area musicians are very excited to share their music with the community to help support Dr. Zandree Stidham, a UNM-LA professor battling cancer.

Dr. Stidhman’s Benefit Concert is scheduled for 5-8 p.m., April 21 at UNM-LA. The musicians hope to see a large part of the community attend this important event. There will be a silent auction running with the auction.

To donate to the auction or volunteer for the concert, contact Kaylen Pocaterra at kpocaterra1@gmail.com. Courtesy photo


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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Slow Down Dinner!

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Early in your career dinner-time is pretty much the same as happy hour—you look forward to leaving work, relaxing with friends and family, and then enjoying a sociable meal.

After you start having children, dinner-time, formally known as happy hour becomes unhappy hour. For decades now I have called it arsenic hour but I am no longer sure if this is an original thought or if I have plagiarized it from someone—it has just been so long.

If you have babies, dinner preparation time coincides perfectly with the ideal hours for colic. Preparing meals with a screaming infant


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Luján Statement Following 27-hour Marathon Committee Debate On Healthcare Repeal Bill

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the House Energy & Commerce Committee began consideration and debate on Republican legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. After more than 27 hours of on-going debate, the Committee approved the bill on a straight party line basis.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), a member of the committee who was present for all 27 hours of the committee hearing, issued the following statement:

“I am disappointed that this bill does not offer a solution to any of the healthcare problems real Americans face. This bill


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Trinity Urgent Care Puts Patients First

Dr. Robert and Sheila McClees are both avid skiers and familiar faces at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy photo
 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

For many patients, urgent care facilities are becoming the main place to go for immediate outpatient care for illness and injuries mostly due to their extended hours, immediate availability, and their substantially lower cost when compared with hospital emergency rooms.

Dr. Robert McClees’ name has been synonymous with urgent care in Los Alamos since he moved here in 2007 to work at an urgent care facility, which closed its doors in


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LAVNS Hospice Daffodil Sales Begin Thursday

Central Park Square volunteers, from left, Caesar Perez, Antonio Medina and Raul Ramirez, are busy prepping daffodils for the annual sale to benefit Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice. Scheduled sales begin Thursday, March 9 and continue through Friday at Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, Los Alamos National Bank in Los Alamos, Pig + Fig Bakery and Café in White Rock, but with the enormous community support there has been record breaking daffodil pre-sales so supplies may not last through Friday so buying early is recommended. Photo by Jennifer Bartram


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National Puppy Day March 23

WELLNESS News:
 
Some studies show that people begin to feel less anxious after spending less than an hour with an animal. There are endless benefits from lowering your stress level and while the things that we find stressful in our lives are often hard to eliminate, adding an animal to your life can help.
  • General Benefits: There’s a reason that they say dog is man’s best friend. Having a pet, not limited to dogs, is something that everyone should experience at some point in their life. Pets can be calming, mood lifting, empathetic, and so much more. They teach you how to be selfless

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Eat Wings. Raise Funds. Los Alamos Relay For Life/American Cancer Society Event March 11

 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos is one of more than 5,200 communities planning a Relay for Life signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society this year. Organizational meetings are already being held and fundraising events are already underway. The Los Alamos event is scheduled for Aug. 18.

Saturday, March 11, Buffalo Wild Wings on Zafarano in Santa Fe, is hosting an “Eat Wings Raise Funds” event. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., if people present the above coupon to their server, Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10 percent of their total bill (not including tax, gratuity,


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Isolated Confinement Bill Moves To House Floor

STATE News:

SANTA FE Today in the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas’ (D-Albuquerque) House Bill 175 passed by a 7-6 vote. HB 175 bans the use of isolated confinement for pregnant women and minors in New Mexico prisons and jails. It also sets a 48-hour maximum for solitary confinement of inmates with severe mentally illness.

“Isolated confinement is overused and misused in our great state,” Rep. Maestas said. “It is detrimental to public safety. If you put a human being in prolonged isolated confinement, that human will never, ever be the same. That makes us all less


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LAVNS Hospice: Last Day To Order Daffodil Delivery

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Medical Director Dr. Ross Bridge visits recently with a local hospice patient. LAVNS hospice care is supported by proceeds from the anual Daffodil fundraiser campaign in which 100 percent of the proceeds help hospice patients with costs not covered by insurance. To place an order and schedule daffodil deliveries, call LAVNS before 5 p.m., today at 505.662.2525. Daffodil orders will be delivered Saturday, March 11. Booth sales are March 9-10 in Los Alamos and White Rock. Photo by Jennifer Bartram


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Tourniquets For Law Enforcement Passes House

Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque). Courtesy photo
 

STATE News:

 
SANTA FE  Feb. 28, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Bill 9, a bill that provides law enforcement with the appropriate tools and training to apply tourniquets – a proven life saving measure.
 
Sponsored by Representative Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), HB 9 gives first responders arriving to an emergency the knowledge necessary to properly use a tourniquet to prevent excessive blood loss, saving lives and reducing the damage that can be done by the improper use of tourniquets.

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Joins Facebook To Release New Life Saving Tools

MHA-NYC News:
 
NEW YORK, N.Y.  At the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, we are proud of our ongoing relationship with Facebook and our long collaboration to provide innovative suicide prevention resources and support to their digital community.
 
Today’s announcement of Facebook’s latest efforts to expand their tools to help individuals in crisis and their loved ones is the next step in this dedicated work, and the Lifeline, and the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC), which administers the Lifeline, are excited to embark

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Santa Fe Cardiologist Pleads Guilty To Federal Health Care Fraud Charge

FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Roy G. Heilbron, 53, a cardiologist practicing in Santa Fe, pleaded guilty Feb. 17 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a health care fraud charge, announced U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.
 
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Heilbron will be sentenced to two years in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
 
Heilbron was charged with health care fraud and wire fraud charges in a 24-count indictment that was filed

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House Committee Approves ‘Right To Try’ Legislation

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved House Bill 228, known as the “Right to Try Act.” 
 
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra). It had been amended by a previous committee to include aspects of House Bill 263, a similar Right to Try bill sponsored by Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert (R-Sandoval).
 
The Right to Try Act would establish a process through which terminally ill patients could access new medications that have not yet been fully approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The bill

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NM Delegation Introduces Bill To Expand Research On Rare Genetic Disease Prevalent Among Hispanics

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord and is more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group.
 
Due to limited research, there is no cure for CCM.  The Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Clinical Awareness,

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