Lovelace Health Plan of New Mexico’s more than 100-thousand members will soon be switching to Blue Cross-Blue Shield under a new agreement. Blue Cross of New Mexico President Kurt Shipley tells KSFR about the change:*****Nov. 12 Shipley-1 :16***** Under the deal, Lovelace members have access to their current health-care network, and will re-gain access to ABQ Health Partners providers. Lovelace says it sold the health plan to focus on its hospital and health care centers.
In AT NOON features: Santa Fe Mayor David Coss talks about need for thorough clean-up of LANL's Area G. Congresswoman Michelle Lijan-Grisham teams with former NM Governor Gary Johnson for marriage equality. And our Tourism Department boasts of significant gains in the number of visitors to our state.
The so-called “nation’s report card” is out and it shows that New Mexico fourth and eighth-graders trail national proficiencies in reading and math. The newly-released National Assessment of Educational Progress report shows just 31-percent of our state’s fourth-graders are proficient in math and only 21-percent are reading at target levels. For eighth-graders, 23 percent are proficient in math and 22 percent are proficient in reading. Those results have New Mexico among 18 states scoring below national averages for both reading and math.
Among today's features: A conversation with John Gaherty at the Office of the Superintendent of insurance on their new directive to insurers to ensure that married same-sex couples receive all benefits and discounts. The state epidemiologist talks about a new report showing a decline in prescription drug abuse in our state. And...Vickie Perea, the person chosen by Governor Martinez to fill the state district 50 seat talks with KSFR.
New Mexico State Police are reporting this morning of an officer-involved shooting in Santa Fe in the vicinity of Camino Carlos Rey and Siringo Road. Just after 1AM, a state police officer attempted to pull over a vehicle for erratic driving. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. Details of what happened thereafter are sketchy but shots were fired. The female driver of the vehicle was killed and her male passenger was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Camino Carlos Rey between Rodeo Road and Siringo have been closed for the ongoing investigation.
Among features: A look at Albuquerque's anti-abortion ballot measure by Julianna Koob, advocate for Planned Parenthood. New Mexico Senator Tom Udall talks an upcoming "women in the workplace" conference in ABQ next week. And State Auditor Hector Balderas talks about his office's look into fraudulent billing by behavioral healthcare providers. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Behavioral health professionals and their clients informed state lawmakers Tuesday that the disruption in care resulting from accusations of fraud has been hurtful. The state suspended Medicaid payments to the providers in June over allegations of fraud. State Auditor Hector Balderas, who’s investigating the charges, urged better coordination among agencies in the future: *****Nov.
Among today's features: Senator Martin Heinrich joins us for a conversation about Senate activities of significance. Blue Cross / Blue Shield NM says some of their policyholders need not make any changes to their health plans until late next year. And we hear about public meetings as NM DOT crafts its Rail Plan. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
A federal appeals court has temporarily halted plans to resume domestic horse slaughter at Roswell’s Valley Meat Company. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver issued a temporary injunction Monday, barring the Department of Agriculture from inspecting the plants. Valley Meat had hoped to begin equine slaughter operations this week after a federal judge in Albuquerque threw out a lawsuit by animal protection groups. The Humane Society of the United States and other parties that oppose the slaughterhouses appealed their case Saturday.
Among today's AT NOON features: AARP New Mexico has a website to help folks navigate healthcare insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. The New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty looks at the effects of cuts to SNAP benefits. And a report from a "Forgotten Heroes Burial Program" ceremony at the Santa Fe Nat'l Cemetery. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Roswell's Valley Meat Company has scored a court victory that will allow it to begin horse-slaughtering operations for the export of meat outside the U-S. Heading into the weekend, a U-S District Judge in Albuquerque dismissed a lawsuit contending that federal officials failed to perform the proper studies before granting permits to the facility. The Humane Society plans to appeal the ruling. The Roswell equine slaughterhouse, along with a similar facility in Iowa, could start up business this week.
Among today's features: A conversation with Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera on initiatives utilizing the internet to more fully engage the parents of New Mexico's schoolchildren. And Asst. Attorney General Ari Biernoff talks to KSFR about regulating e-cigarettes. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Following Thursday's Senate filibuster blocking confirmation votes for presidential nominees, Senator Tom Udall is again calling for reform of Senate Rules. Noting that Republicans had agreed earlier this year to filibuster nominees only under ‘extraordinary circumstances,’ Udall says the GOP pattern of obstruct and delay is again the norm, and he intends to press for reforms to end what he calls “the tyranny of the minority.” Failing to get 60 votes for approval was an Obama nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Rep.
In today's features: A conversation with Bette Korber, a LANL researcher whose work on a new HIV vaccine holds perhaps the best promise ever. And Halloween -- its origins and public safety tips for a safe celebration from local law enforcement. Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory are reporting a major breakthrough in development of a vaccine against HIV. The research was conducted in monkeys and used what's called a "mosaic" vaccine, capable of recognizing the common parts among multiple strains of the virus. The researchers observed an 87 to 90 percent reduction in monkeys’ probability of becoming infected each time they were exposed to the virus. The strain of virus used for the study was approximately 100-fold more infectious than typical sexual HIV exposures in humans.