January 31 First News: N.M. Enrollment Numbers in State Health Insurance Exchange to Drop (Listen)

Jan 31, 2014

The interim chief of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, Mike Nunez, now says problems with the federal “healthcare-dot-gov” website when it was rolled out last fall slowed New Mexico’s efforts to promote enrollment in the exchange. Nunez telling the New Mexican the results will be lowered enrollment expectations by as much as one-half. The state had expected up to 83,000 people to enroll in insurance plans through the exchange this year. Nunez says the state is now estimating between 40-thousand and 50-thousand will enroll.

The state Department of Health is reporting another flu death in New Mexico, reporting that a 69-year-old woman from Bernalillo County has become the fifth person to die from influenza so far this flu season. All of the victims have been between the ages of 45 and 79. The predominant circulating flu strain in New Mexico and the United States is influenza H1N1. The strain was first identified in 2009 and health officials say it may cause severe illness even in healthy young adults.

More than 14-hundred guests will decide which of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants has the best soup in Santa Fe at Souper Bowl XX. The event, Saturday from Noon til 2:30 pm at the Santa Fe Convention Center, benefits The Food Depot, Northern New Mexico’s food bank. Food Depot Executive Director Sherry Hooper told KSFR about New Mexico's bleak hunger situation. *****013114-Hooper-1 :15***** Tomorrow's Souper Bowl, says Hooper, is a major help for the Food Depot: *****013114-Hooper-4 :09***** Hooper says there will be 28 competing restaurants be vying for “best soup.”

After weeks of dry weather, New Mexico is in for a storm that's moving into the state today. Tim Shy is with the National Weather Service Office in Albuquerque, and he says there's a chance of snow for the Santa Fe area: ******01314-Shy-3 :17***** The forecast: Scattered showers, mostly cloudy and breezy, with a high near 50 and a 30-percent hance of precipitation. For tonight, Mostly cloudy and breezy, with a low around 25 and a 20 percent chance of snow showers. For tomorrow, expect partly sunny skies and a high near 38, with a10 percent chance of snow showers. Currently, it's ____.