Health Care

Thousands Of New Mexico College Students May Now Be Eligible For SNAP Food Benefits Through Coronavirus Relief

Acting HED Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez

HSD News:

SANTA FE — Thousands of New Mexico college students might be eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, commonly known as food stamps, the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) and Higher Education Department (HED) announced Monday.

“The pandemic has created many economic challenges particularly for college students and families with limited resources,” Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D., said. “Jobs for college students are scarce. College students have either had their hours reduced or


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 166 New Cases, Total Now 185,297 With 13 New Deaths And 147,446 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 166 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports no new case today so the total remains at 482 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 13 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 55 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 3 new

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FSN Hosts Trauma Informed Parenting For Caregivers

FSN News:

Family Strengths Network (FSN) is presenting a 5-week class and discussion led by Ali Harper for individuals who work with or parent children who have experienced trauma:

  • April 13-May 11
  • Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Held on Zoom
  • Registration required here

Children experience trauma from many sources, some are more obvious than others – yet there is oftentimes no way to predict how a child will respond to an event. Two-thirds of children will experience at least one traumatic event by the age of 16, so it’s incredibly important to recognize the signs of traumatic stress and its short- and long-term


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New Mexico Waives Medicare Savings Programs Asset Test

ALTSD News:

The New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Service Department (ALTSD) announces that the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) help pay your Medicare costs if you have limited income.

New Mexico has waived the asset test for Medicare Savings Programs as of Jan. 1, 2021.

If you applied for a MSP in the past and were denied due to being over the asset limit, now is the time to reapply, since asset guidelines no longer apply and only your income will be considered when determining eligibility.

If you qualify for one of the three main Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), your Medicare Part B monthly premium


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HB 268 Adding COVID-19 To New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Act Heads To House Floor

HB 268 Co-sponsor Rep. Christine Chandler

State News:

SANTA FE – Essential workers who contract COVID-19 will qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits under new legislation advanced Friday by the House.

Passed by the State Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee on a party-line 5-3 vote, House Bill 268 will head next to the House Floor. 

Sponsored by Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos), Rep. Meredith A. Dixon (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), the bill adds


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 245 New Cases, Total Now 185,132 With 16 New Deaths And 146,013 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 275 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports no new case today so the total remains at 482 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 16 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 91 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Colfax County
  • 5 new

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Second Dose Vaccination Clinic In White Rock Sunday

Scene during which 300 seniors received their second vaccination today at BESC. Photo by Elizabeth Coons

LARSO News:

Today 300 seniors received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Betty Ehart Center in Los Alamos.

Nambe Pharmacy, Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, LAFD, LAPD, Los Alamos County staff, LARSO staff and volunteers will administer the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to seniors Sunday at the White Rock Senior Center.

If you received your first dose at BESC or WRSC, please check your NMDOH profile as soon as possible. You can only receive the second dose if given an appointment


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 275 New Cases, Total Now 184,888 With 15 New Deaths And 143,774 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 275 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports 3 new case today bringing the total to 482 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 15 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 105 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 12 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 11 new

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Community Asset Awards Pride In A Pandemic: LAMC Nurse Constance Carruthers And Dr. Patricia Mahoney Recognized

LAMC Nurse Constance Carruthers recognized with Community Asset Award. Courtesy photo

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
C’YA Executive Director

During a time when the world seemed to be melting down the staff at Los Alamos Medical Center was stepping up and working hard. Their efforts have led to being nominated for a Community Asset Award.

Two individuals stood out and are receiving special recognition:

  • Nurse Constance Carruthers; and
  • Dr. Patricia Mahoney.

“I love how nursing is part physical, part intellectual, I am learning something new most days,” Carruthers said. “Add the new patients and


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PED: 24 New Mexico Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist

PED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) reports 24 New Mexico school buildings appeared on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending Friday, Feb. 26, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period. 

Those school buildings are:

ALAMOGORDO

  • Alamogordo High
  • New Mexico School for the Blind

ALBUQUERQUE

  • Albuquerque High
  • APS Student Transportation
  • Hoover Middle
  • Hope Christian High School
  • Jimmy Carter Middle
  • Lavaland Elementary

ARTESIA

  • Grand Heights Early Childhood

CARLSBAD

  • Carlsbad High
  • Carlsbad Intermediate 
  • Desert Willow Elementary

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Governor Signs Bill Repealing New Mexico Abortion Ban

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday signed SB 10, an abortion ban repeal, and HB 11, which provides $200 million in grants to small businesses hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy/SFNM

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

It took decades for the New Mexico Legislature to pass a bill repealing an abortion ban that was nullified just a few years after becoming law.

Shortly after noon Friday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham took less than two minutes to sign Senate Bill 10, effectively striking the 1969 statute.

“A woman has the right to make decisions about her own body,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 659 New Cases, Total Now 184,736 With 14 New Deaths And 141,833 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 659 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports 3 new case today bringing the total to 480 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 14 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 209 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 8 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 10 new

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Scenes Of Vaccination Clinics At Senior Centers

Scene at the Betty Ehart Senior Center during administration of the first 300 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna for seniors 75 and up. The second dose takes place this weekend. Courtesy/LARSO

Drs. Tom and Frances Lovett along with Dr. Katie Fry pose for a quick moment to capture history in the making of the first vaccine clinic in January at the White Rock Senior Center. Courtesy/LARSO


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State Of New Mexico Unveils COVID Vaccine Equity Plan 

NMDOH Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today announced the details of its vaccine equity plan.

This is a statewide effort to ensure that vaccine goes to the most exposed and vulnerable New Mexicans.

“New Mexico is using its doses more efficiently than any state in the country, and we’re ensuring that while supplies are limited, those doses go to the places where they can save the most lives and stop the spread of this virus most effectively,” NMDOH Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said.

The plan includes: 

I. EQUITABLE ALLOCATION, DISTRIBUTION


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Windgate Healing Arts Center Welcomes Nikhil Ramburn

Dr. Nikhil Ramburn with a client, recently joined the staff of Windgate Healing Arts Wellness Center. Courtesy photo

WELLNESS News:

Windgate Healing Arts Wellness Center welcomes Nikhil Ramburn, D.O.M., to its family of wellness professionals.

Dr. Ramburn is an acupuncturist and herbalist who specializes in treating pain and neurological conditions using traditional and electro acupuncture, as well as integrative medicine. He received his medical training from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe and obtained advanced education in orthopedic and sports acupuncture.

Dr Ramburn


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New Mexico Schools: COVID Testing Up, Positivity Down

PED News:

…COVID-19 cases on and off campus continue to decline

SANTA FE — Two weeks after New Mexico schools began expanding in-person learning, the Public Education Department (PED) reports scant evidence of school-based COVID-19 spread.

Both Tuesday and Wednesday this week, only nine school facilities were on the Environment Department’s COVID-19 Watchlist and none appeared on the department’s Closure List.

By comparison, 56 school buildings (the highest number to date) appeared Nov. 25 on the COVID-19 Watchlist.

“This is great news for New Mexico schools. It shows that all


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