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Proposed Medicaid Cuts Violate Federal Law

on October 30, 2018 - 7:57am
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s Human Services Department proposed cuts to Medicaid would hurt families and violate federal law, said the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty in comments submitted Monday on the department’s Centennial Care 2.0 waiver proposal.
“Everyone needs access to healthcare coverage,” said William Townley, an attorney with the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. “But HSD’s proposed cuts to Medicaid would force many New Mexican families to go into debt or simply drop coverage. That’s bad news for all of us.

Halloween Party Supports Make-A-Wish® New Mexico

on October 28, 2018 - 8:34am

Make-A-Wish® New Mexico News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Garcia Subaru North will host a Halloween Party to support Make-A-Wish® New Mexico.

The event is 6-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 and includes Halloween activities, costumes, and of course trick-or-treating for Wish kids and children from the community.

The party is open to the public. Garcia Subaru North is at 6401 San Mateo Blvd NE.  

The Halloween Party will generate excitement and kick-off the 11th annual Subaru Share the Love® Event which runs Nov. 15 through Jan.

New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Continues Path To State-Based Platform, Names 2019 Vendor Contracts

on October 27, 2018 - 10:59am

  • Waite Company, UNM, REDW Among 2019 Contracts

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange approved a number of contracts important to its operations and key to beWellnm’s future transition to a state-based exchange during a special board meeting earlier today. 

A 2019 data-sharing partnership with the Office of the Superintendent (OSI), the University of New Mexico and two exchange carriers was approved Friday. The agreement was among the contract decisions passed at the Oct. 26, 2018, board meeting at the Marriott Pyramid North.

The data from the carriers

Lujan Grisham Announces Healthcare Action Plan

on October 27, 2018 - 6:45am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
From the Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor Campaign:
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has released her plan to build a Healthcare System that Works for all New Mexicans.
The action plan details the nine steps she will immediately take as governor to make healthcare more accessible to New Mexico families.
“Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege,” Lujan Grisham said. “Too many New Mexicans suffer from a healthcare system that is understaffed, hard to understand, and not affordable.

Medical Associates Of Northern New Mexico Thanks Community For 1st Walk/Run For Diabetes Participation

on October 26, 2018 - 2:31am

The Los Alamos Fire Department offering blood sugar checks at the 1st Walk/Run for Diabetes. Photo by Andrea Villareal

Participants lining up at the start of the 1st Walk/Run for Diabetes. Photo by Andrea Villareal

Ian Alexander getting ahead of the pack to win the fastest time among the males. Photo by Andrea Villareal


Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico ( MANNM) would like to extend its gratitude to the participants and the community for coming out to support the 1st Run/ Walk for Diabetes Oct. 6 at Rover Park in WHite Rock.

MANNM plans for the event to be held annually

Heinrich Joins Advocates To Highlight Importance Of Health Care & Social Security In Midterm Election

on October 24, 2018 - 1:26pm
Dr. Mark Epstein, left, Melanie Stansbury, Elva Santos and Sen. Martin Heinrich. Courtesy photo

From the Martin Heinrich for Senate Campaign:

ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich joined volunteers and community advocates Monday for a Protect Our Health Care & Social Security Phone Bank to highlight what's at stake in the midterm election.
Speakers at the event included Heinrich, candidate for U.S. Senate, as well as candidate for House Dist. 28 Melanie Stansbury, Chief Medical Officer at True Health New Mexico Dr.

LANL: Clues To Creating An HIV Vaccine: HIV Sugars Are Key For Effective Immune Responses

on October 24, 2018 - 9:42am

Artistic rendition of antibodies targeting ‘gaps’ in the HIV virus’s sugar shield. Blue protein is antibody, and the HIV surface protein called Env is depicted using the predicted sugar shield – dark blue are sites where sugars are attached, green is the predicted sugar shield, and magenta/pink are uncommon gaps in the sugar shield. Study author Kshitij Wagh et al. show that the completeness of sugar shield of the infecting virus is key to developing effective antibody responses in HIV infected individuals. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The search for a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes

LAMC Hosts Annual ‘Pink It Out Tuesday’ Campaign

on October 23, 2018 - 2:14pm

Dressed in pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside, center, and his staff gather today for a group photo in the hospital lobby. Photo by John McHale/

Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos Medical Center gathers today for its second annual ‘Pink It Out Tuesday’ campaign to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Child Advocates Offer Voters Information On Candidate Positions For New Mexico Races

on October 23, 2018 - 10:33am
By JAMES JIMENEZ, NM Voices for Children
BRIAN ETHERIDGE, MD, NM Pediatric Society
Democracy is “a system of government by the whole population.” By that definition, everyone’s participation is needed in order to keep a democracy alive and well. There is no act of democracy more foundational than voting. Casting a vote is more than exercising your right as a citizen. It’s about accepting the responsibility of citizenship. It’s about affirming that you are a part of something larger than yourself.
In much the same way, elections are about more than sending new or returning leaders

HSD To Hold Hearing On Medicaid Cuts Wednesday

on October 23, 2018 - 10:27am
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Human Services Department will hold a hearing on the serious cuts the Medicaid program faces in the Centennial Care 2.0 waiver proposal 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday at in the Rio Grande Conference Room of the Toney Anaya Building at 2550 Cerillos Road in Santa Fe.
The waiver proposal imposes new excessive patient premiums on low-income adults living just above the poverty line. These fees will cause thousands of New Mexicans to lose healthcare coverage.
The proposal would also phase out retroactive coverage, which is a protection that pays for a

DEA & Museum Work With Team Of Local Partners

on October 23, 2018 - 9:34am
DEA Task Force meeting Sept. 13 at New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Photo by Mary Ann Hatchitt
DEA Museum exhibition: Drug Costs & Consequences. Courtesy/DEA Museum
DEA Museum exhibition: Drug Costs & Consequences. Courtesy/DEA Museum
ALBUQUERQUE An impressive panel of federal and local law enforcement, state agencies, justice, school system, medical fields, behavioral health, addiction and aftercare treatment organizations, faith-based groups, involved community sponsors like Blake’s LotaBurger, and a representative of the funeral industry have

Luján Convenes Roundtable In Rio Arriba County On Opioids Epidemic

on October 23, 2018 - 8:33am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) convened a roundtable last week with health care providers, local law enforcement, community leaders and stakeholders to discuss a path forward to continue the fight against the opioid epidemic in New Mexico.
Congress recently passed an opioids package that included ten of Congressman Luján’s pieces of legislation. Attendees at the roundtable in Española discussed how this legislative package is a step forward in what needs to be a sustained effort to combat the opioid epidemic in local communities.

DEA Holds Nat’l. Prescription Drug Take Back Day Oct. 27 ... Expects To Collect 10 Million Pounds Of Pills

on October 22, 2018 - 5:12pm

  • DEA aims to dispose of 10 million pounds of unused pills

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After collecting a total of more than 9.9 million pounds (nearly 5,000 tons) of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications during 15 previous events over the past eight years, the Drug Enforcement Administration expects to reach a total of 10 million pounds collected following the upcoming fall 2018 Take back event.

DEA and its national, tribal and community partners will hold the 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day across the country on Saturday, Oct.

JJAB Thanks Donors From Health Fair

on October 22, 2018 - 5:05pm

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) would like to thank its very special donors from this year’s Health Fair. First, thanks much to Phil Gursky and the Heart Council for the excellent job they do in putting on the fair every year. JJAB also thanks them for their donation of bike helmets to the JJAB school distribution program. In addition, JJAB thanks the generous donors for a gift basket that was raffled off during the Fair: CB FOX, Pig and Fig, Ruby K’s and Smiths.

New Lensic Arts Education Program: Magic In SFPS Special Education Classrooms Nov. 5-9

on October 21, 2018 - 8:20pm
SANTA FE — Educator and illusionist Kevin Spencer, an authority on using magic to teach students with special needs, will present his Hocus Focus learning workshops Nov. 5-9 in Santa Fe public schools.
Spencer comes to Santa Fe through a Lensic Artist Residency and The Lensic’s Performing Arts Education program.
Spencer will teach 50-minute sessions in more than 21 special education and inclusive classrooms at 14 Santa Fe schools.

It’s More Than A Month: Fight Breast Cancer And Get Peace Of Mind With An Annual Mammogram

on October 21, 2018 - 7:03am

By Daniel Marancenbaum,
MD FACOG Board Certified OB/GYN

According to the American Cancer Society, by the end of 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will have been diagnosed in women, and about 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS – non-invasive and the earliest form of breast cancer) will have been diagnosed.

With these estimates in mind, a woman currently has a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. These statistics continue to make breast cancer the most common cancer among women, second only to skin cancer.

As October ushers in

Kick For The Cure: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

on October 20, 2018 - 7:17am
LAHS Girls Soccer contributes to the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign through their annual Kick for the Cure event. Courtesy photo
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the LAHS Girls Soccer Program will contribute to this campaign through their annual Kick for the Cure event.
The varsity and JV girls' soccer teams will wear pink jerseys throughout the month and will distribute pledge forms to generate donations to increase breast cancer awareness and fund research and treatment.

Udall Joins Protect Our Care Bus Tour Fighting To Protect Health Care For New Mexico Families

on October 20, 2018 - 7:17am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, along with local health care advocates, community members, and elected officials, joined Protect Our Care on its nationwide Care Force One Bus Tour at its stop Wednesday in Albuquerque.
During the event, he called on Republicans to end their relentless attacks on New Mexicans’ health care, and pledged to work to defend and improve access to comprehensive coverage for hardworking New Mexico families.
Udall began by committing to defend comprehensive health care coverage against Republican attacks, saying,

Aging And Long-Term Services Department Offers Support For Medicare Open Enrollment

on October 19, 2018 - 9:28am
SANTA FE The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department is reminding New Mexicans that Medicare Open Enrollment began this week and runs through Dec. 7.
Changes made during this period will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
Medicare is federal health care coverage for those 65 and older, certain younger people with disabilities and people with end-stage renal disease.
During open enrollment, participants can:
  • Adjust Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug coverage.
  • Change from original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan (or vice versa).
  • Switch between

Heinrich Releases Resource Guide On Federal Funding Opportunities To Address Opioid Crisis

on October 19, 2018 - 9:24am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released a Resource Guide on Federal Funding Opportunities to Address the Opioid Crisis to offer helpful information and guidance to local governments, tribes and service providers.
In addition to providing a clearinghouse of resources, Heinrich also encouraged eligible grant seekers in New Mexico to contact his office for assistance in identifying and competing for available funding opportunities.
"The opioid epidemic is one of the greatest public

PEEC Hosts Wilderness First Aid Course Nov. 3 & 4

on October 18, 2018 - 4:15pm

Earn Wilderness First Aid certifications at a two-day course 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3-4 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting a two-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

The class 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 and Nov. 4. Participants will receive their WFA certification, which is good for two years. Register now at or by visiting or calling the Los Alamos Nature Center at 505.662.0460.

Jeff DeBellis from SOLO Wilderness Medical School will teach this class.

Udall, Heinrich, Klobuchar Introduce Care Corps Demonstration Act

on October 18, 2018 - 6:08am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N. M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Care Corps Demonstration Act to build and strengthen America’s caregiving workforce, and help meet the growing demand for caregivers working with seniors and people living with disabilities.  
Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.).
By 2030, older Americans are expected to make up nearly 20 percent of the population and over the next ten years, the United States is expected

Los Alamos Task Force Paints White Rock ‘Rock’ In Support Of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

on October 16, 2018 - 1:47pm

Members of the Los Alamos Domestic Violence Task Force Paint the ‘Rock’ this afternoon at the corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4 in White Rock in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to show support for victims and survivors. LADVTF members from left, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, Cpl. Adele McKenzie, Sgt. Chris Ross, Deni Fell, Maura Taylor, Kim Ferguson and Cmdr. Preston Ballew. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Members of the LADVTF also paint the side of the rock this afternoon in White Rock in support of the #SurvivorSpeaks movement. Photo by Carol A.

SFCC: Caregiver Education Day Nov. 3

on October 14, 2018 - 4:57am