Category Archives: Health

The Line: Premium Increase Request From BlueCross BlueShield Rejected by NM Officials

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August 14, 2015 – Local media reported this week that BlueCross BlueShield of New Mexico did not receive approval from the state Office of the Superintendent of Insurance for a requested 51 percent premium increase.

Albuquerque Business First reports that other insurance companies requested premium increases of 2 to 7 percent. BlueCross BlueShield officials told the paper that the company now plans to stop offering insurance plans through the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange in 2016.

What could this mean for New Mexicans? This week’s Line opinion panelists share their thoughts with host Gene Grant.

Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Tom Garrity, Garrity Group PR
Carolyn Parrs, Mind Over Markets
Laura E. Sanchez-Rivét, attorney Sanchez Legal Solutions

Status Of The State: Efforts to Address the Spread of HIV in New Mexico

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Native American health leaders and advocates met this week in Albuquerque to talk about HIV and AIDS in Native communities. The Circle of Harmony conference incorporates the latest health information and culturally relevant conversations about how to address the epidemic in Native communities.

Health educators, doctors and other medical professionals will also gather in Albuquerque next week for the annual New Mexico HIV update.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, over 3,000 people in New Mexico are infected with HIV or AIDS.

NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus sat down this week with a group of local professionals to talk about new cases of HIV infection in New Mexico and what programs are proving effective in addressing the spread of the disease in communities across the state.

Martin Walker, Director of HIV Prevention for Planned Parenthood of New Mexico
Ayn Whyte, STD HIV/AIDS Program Manager for the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board
Dr. Bruce Williams, Medical Director of UNM’s Truman Health Services center>