Kiki Saavedra Senior Dignity Fund Heads To Governor


The Kiki Saavedra Senior Dignity Fund Act, sponsored by House Health and Human Services Chair Debbie Armstrong and a top priority of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Wednesday received concurrence from the New Mexico House of Representatives after the Senate made a small, technical change to the bill.

The concurrence vote means HB 225 has passed the Legislature and now goes to the governor to be signed into law. Ongoing budget negotiations will determine the amount the fund receives.

“This fund is to innovate and incubate senior programs above and beyond what the Department of Aging


New Mexico Health Care Access Bill Wins Final Approval



House Bill 100 increases access to high-quality health care 

SANTA FE – House Bill 100, increasing access to and affordability of health insurance for New Mexico families, passed the Senate floor with a vote of 28-14 Tuesday and today the House concurred.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement:

“Access to high-quality and affordable health care is a non-negotiable priority of my administration. Passage of House Bill 100 will provide healthcare coverage for more New Mexicans by giving New Mexico’s health insurance exchange the tools it needs to ensure


Bill Creating Path To Import Drugs From Canada Sent To Gov


Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy/The Governor’s Office

The New Mexican

A bill that would create a potential pathway for New Mexico to import prescription drugs from Canada is now on its way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.

The House unanimously approved Senate Bill 1, which calls for the state to create a plan for Canadian drug imports, late Sunday night in a 68-0 vote after the Senate previously passed the measure. The governor expressed support for the proposal in a statement Sunday night.

“This measure received


HOPE Pregnancy Center Presents Comedy & Dessert Night At Crossroads Bible Church Saturday Feb. 29


HOPE Pregnancy Center, Inc. will present Chocolate and Chuckles, a comedy and dessert night featuring Comedian Nazareth, on Saturday, February 29 at Crossroads Bible Church.

HOPE Pregnancy Center, Inc. is excited to celebrate 25 years of service by hosting the first annual Chocolate and Chuckles at Crossroads Bible Church. Chocolate and Chuckles will feature desserts and a multi-item raffle, with entertainment provided by inspirational Comedian Nazareth.

“Chocolate and Chuckles will be a fun night of laughs and desserts and an opportunity to celebrate the community


Human Services Department: $1.535 Million For Primary Care Graduate Medical Education … Seeking Applicants

HSD News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) announced Tuesday the availability of $1.535 million for primary care GME programs in New Mexico.

The funding addresses the urgent need of increased healthcare access and primary care physician workforce expansion. The department is soliciting applicants for first-year residency positions in New Mexico.

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2020 and more information, including the Request for Application, can be found at: https://www.hsd.state.nm.us/gme-expansion.aspx.

“Healthcare workforce expansion


NMDOH Notifies Healthcare Providers Of Infection Prevention Guidance For Novel Coronavirus Infection


Through the New Mexico Health Alert Network (HAN), the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) has notified healthcare providers of updated case definition and infection prevention guidance for novel coronavirus infection.

Key Points

  • This is a rapidly evolving outbreak and we are learning more about the virus every day. Our recommendations and our response will continue to evolve.
  • NMDOH is actively monitoring the situation and coordinating preparedness and response activities, including participating in national and international teleconferences, distributing Health


A Global Look At Women And Cardiovascular Disease

LAMC Interim Chief Nursing Officer Lori Coffelt in her office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Interim Chief Nursing Officer
Los Alamos Medical Center

The World Heart Federation and the World Health Organization tells us that cardiovascular disease (CVD) – heart disease and stroke – is the biggest killer of women globally, killing more women than all cancers, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.

Here are a few remarkable statistics:

Heart disease and stroke cause 8.6 million deaths among women annually– a third of all deaths in women worldwide.


Skolnik: Coronavirus, The US, And Global Health Security

White Rock

The health of anyone, anywhere, is the health of everyone, everywhere. Infectious diseases and resistance to antibiotics don’t respect boundaries. The whole world is in this together.

No country is adequately prepared to deal with disease threats, resistance to antibiotics or bio-terrorism. Two recent studies revealed how far we are from being ready to cope adequately with such threats.

Major threats to global health exist and may get worse. We have already faced SARS, MERS, Ebola, and resistance to many antibiotics. We had an anthrax scare. Coronavirus is


New Mexico Department Of Health Webpage Provides Latest Information And Answers For Residents About Novel Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map depicts states with 2019-nCoV confirmed cases. Courtesy/CDC


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) has added a page to its website, NMHealth.org, to provide the latest information and answers to frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) originating in Wuhan, China.

“The most common question the NMDOH has received over the last several days has been ‘Can I or someone in my family contract coronavirus?’” NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said. “The answer is not at this time, unless