health care


V.21 No.27 | 7/5/2012

news

The Daily Word in Syrian violence, snitches, foie gras

The Daily Word

Roughly 140 people killed in Syria yesterday. Nearly 2,000 civilians have been killed in June, alone.

Parts of the Bosque are closed due to high fire risk.

Police say man who drove his car through Kit Carson Park at 4 a.m. was quite drunk.

Atlanta police murder a 92-year-old woman and ask a C.I. to cover for them.

Supreme Court’s health care ruling in minute-to-minute detail.

Video of San Juan inmate attacking prison guard with a toilet-bowl-cleaner shank.

Reflecting on Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72.

NBA Draft results prompt examination of infamous Draft-day attire.

California is banning foie gras, kind of like Chicago did several years back and then overturned.

No word on whether Oliver Twist is one of the spooky eyed children in this gallery of 1870s juvenile mug shots. Still, none of them are as sinister-looking as this kid.

Shanghai’s misogynistic public trans system.

Padlocked tacos and margaritas in condoms on this person’s Etsy account.

An ideal layout for movie theaters.

“Asshole” dolphin brings to mind a great Dave Chapelle skit.

V.21 No.26 |

news

The Daily Word in Obamacare, bath salts and UFOs

The Daily Word

The Supreme Court upholds health care reform. Read the decision.

CNN and Fox News biff it.

Lady doesn't return "Twilight" book, spends night in jail.

20 people have died on motorcycles in New Mexico this year and still no helmet law.

Wildfire in Colorado burns hundreds of houses.

Miami face-eater was not on bath salts.

Syria's high court bombed.

One-third of Americans believe in UFOs.

Dinosaurs were maybe not cold-blooded.

Julian Assange is going to turn himself in.

B.J. Novak, temp Ryan on "The Office," is leaving the show.

The agent behind the Fast and Furious gun sting speaks about why it was a good idea.

25 things you didn't know about Full Metal Jacket.

"The Star Wars That I Used to Know."

"Mad Men" are assholes in tie clips.

V.21 No.25 | 6/21/2012
Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com

News Feature

Granted in Vain

State turns down cash for the elderly and disabled

Nursing homes can mean the loss of familiar comforts, routines, social connections and independence. So why was a plan to help increase the number of people moving into independent living situations axed by the state without warning?
V.21 No.23 | 6/7/2012

Miss Diagnosis

“We’re Both Dad”

Health care’s LGBT blind spot

Considering all our nurse columnist has witnessed in her career—dramatic resuscitations and miraculous recoveries included—it’s a little funny that teaching a couple of dudes how to wipe a baby butt stands out as one of her proudest moments. But she met baby Melanie and her two dads years before "Modern Family" would air on prime time and the president would finally evolve enough to voice his support of gay marriage.
V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

health

New patients 101

This week’s feature examines First Choice Healthcare, celebrating its 40th year of helping underserved areas throughout the state stay in tip-top shape. But while First Choice is accepting new patients, Michelle Melendez says that appointments and routine visits are difficult to schedule right away. Most folks wait several weeks. Here’s a checklist of things to do during that time to ensure your visit runs smoothly.

• If you have insurance, check with them to see if First Choice is in your network. Double-check your policy’s co-pay and deductible. Call and ask how much it’ll cost you if you need lab work or X-rays. That way you have an idea of how much you’ll be paying out of pocket.

• If you don’t have insurance, gather any documents you might need for financial assistance. This might include tax returns, W2 and 1099 forms, pay stubs, bank statements, proof of residence (utility bills), identification documents (social security card, birth certificates, etc.), picture ID (driver’s license), daycare documents, and documents from any other financial assistance or insurance programs you’re enrolled in. Make a file for you, your spouse and your kids.

• Gather a family medical history. Your provider wants to know about the health status of first-degree relatives (parents, siblings and children) as well as any conditions that affect multiple extended family members (for example, if you have three cousins and an aunt affected by lupus).

• Gather your own health history. This includes past diagnoses, current diagnoses, previous surgeries or injuries, immunization status, current medications (including herbs and supplements), and allergy history.

• Be prepared to discuss some personal social issues. Your provider may want to know who you sleep with, if you smoke or drink or use drugs, if you exercise, what your diet is like, where you work, how things are going at home, and if you feel safe and happy. These questions can be uncomfortable but they are not meant to judge. They’re to help your provider select the labs, treatments or referrals you need.

• If a particular symptom is bothering you, keep a diary of that symptom until your appointment. For example, if you have bothersome headaches, write down when they happen, how bad they are, if you have other symptoms, how long they last, what you do to make them go away and what you were doing prior to the headache.

• Make a list of your medications (name of drug, dose, how often you take it), or just toss all your medication bottles in a brown paper bag and bring them with you to your appointment.

• Make a list of every single question or issue you’d like to address during the visit. Now number the first, second and third most important things to you on that list. You need to know your priorities going into that visit. Given time constraints, lesser priorities may have to be addressed at follow-up visits.

• Plan on wearing loose-fitting clothing that’s easily removed. I can’t tell you how many tripled-layer wool turtlenecks, high-waisted skintight pleather pants, and knee-high lace up boots I’ve wasted valuable time wrestling with during the physical exam.

• You may need to authorize your previous health care providers to release your medical records.

• If you have copies of any previous lab or test results, heck, bring ’em with you.

• Try to arrive about 15 minutes early for your visit. I always bring a girlie magazine to flip through or a novel to read in case the clinic is running behind.

•  Answering calls or texting during your visit will slow things down. Let your peeps know you’ve got an important meeting beforehand so they don’t start blowing up your cell phone once you’re in the room with the doctor.

Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

A Picture of Health

At 40 years young, First Choice’s network of community clinics is in tip-top shape

Most 40-year-olds are done growing. But First Choice Community Healthcare—a network of nine clinics across three counties in underserved areas—is more like a gangly teenager at the peak of his growth spurt. “We’ve outgrown our space,” says Patient Services Director Michelle Melendez.
V.20 No.48 | 12/1/2011

Feature

A Miraculous Rebirth?

Program for expectant mothers fights for second chances, including its own

Casita de Milagros, New Mexico’s only residential treatment center for pregnant women battling addiction, closed this summer. Thanks to community outcry, the facility might soon be resuscitated. But Milagros’ advocates are discovering that the devil is in the details.

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V.20 No.31 | 8/4/2011
Midwives Melanie Yanke (left) and Abigail Lanin Eaves run Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center in the North Valley.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

News Profile

Where Babies Come From

Midwife-run nonprofit births alternative for expectant mothers

Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center sits on a lush plot of land in the North Valley, set back from the road and abutted by agricultural plots. The sprawling center seems about as un-hospital-like as Abigail Lanin Eaves could make it.
V.20 No.15 | 4/14/2011
Making Sausage

Making Sausage

Legislative Smackdown

This column's name, Making Sausage, is a reference to a quote widely attributed to Otto von Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg. "Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made." From the view in the press box in Santa Fe, running a state looks arduous and frustrating. Lawmakers volley back and forth, nitpick over details, argue, dissect, and wheel and deal. And a 60-day session doesn't come cheap: lawmakers voted to spend a max of about $8.3 million on this one.
V.20 No.11 |

Eavesdropped

Overheard at the ER

Five Hours In The Presbyterian Emergency Room

Fourtysomething barefoot man, in handcuffs, led out by police:
What am I being charged with?
Police officer:
That's something we need to talk about.


Man, early 20s, wearing a hospital bracelet, consoling a visibly upset woman, early 20s:
You don't have to worry, he's never going to fuck you up again.


Old woman, wearing sweat pants and hospital gown, talking to triage nurse:
I'm tired of being treated like a child!
Same woman, 5 minutes later:
Stop lying to me!
Triage nurse, to receptionist after old woman storms out:
I'm so happy right now.


Man, after taking a bite of his Subway sandwich:
They put mustard on it.


Receptionist, to older biker guy:
Sir! Sir! You cannot smoke in here.


Later, same older biker guy to older biker girl:
I told you it's over between me and her. Over!


Younger woman on phone holding sleeping toddler:
These doctors don't know anything.


Old man with bandage on head to wife (CNN on in the background):
So someone dropped a nuke in Japan?


Old drunkish looking dude, being escorted out by security:
Come on man, I just want to lay down here for 10 minutes.


Teenager with ice pack on his hand, talking on waiting room phone:
Just put my mom on the phone, fucker!

V.20 No.7 |

news

The Daily Word 02.23.11: The Amazonian Guard, Hipster Princesses, The Honey Badger Takes What It Wants

The Daily Word

Wacky Gaddafi is still in charge of Lybia, but for how long? More importantly, what will happen to his all-female, all-sexy security staff-The Amazonian Guard?

State Rep. James Smith wants to repeal the medical marijuana program.

$11 million in unpaid red light camera tickets.

Arizona vigilante dirtbag gets the death penalty.

Judge upholds health-care reform law.

Republican governors may be busy trying to crush unions, but no too busy to be pranked.

Researches link cellphone use to changes in brain activity.

Rahm Emanuel will be Chicago's next foul-mouthed mayor.

Comedian Rush Limbaugh calls Michelle Obama fat.

Watch out for the crazy nastyass Honey Badger!

Determined researcher discovers large order of fries doesn't have many more than the medium size.

R.I.P. comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie.

Banksy won't be at the Oscars this weekend.

US troops in Afghanistan finally get their shitty Pizza Hut pizza back.

I was into the Hipster Disney Princesses before they were cool.

Scuba inventor dead at the age of 93.

Netflix signs a deal with CBS to stream shows like Star Trek and The Twilight Zone.

How to become a twitter guru in six easy tweets.

"Bitch, your pancakes look fine to me!"

After initially condemning Kinect hackers, Microsoft announces a official SDK for the device.

Can we talk about these cookie-stuffed cookies?

Explore the secrets of spider anatomy.

I miss the 80s: here's list of rated R movies that got cartoon spin-offs.

Chinese gamer dies after three-day bender.

Hey, it's Tom Bodett's birthday!

V.20 No.7 | 2/17/2011

Miss Diagnosis

Get Your Hands off My Health Care Reform

Health reform opponents say the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and expensive. Miss Diagnosis says they're wrong.
Rep. Mike Pence

politics

The war on women’s health care

A vote in Congress this week will decide the fate of millions of dollars and people that usually go to Planned Parenthood.

The vote could even happen today.

Rep. Mike Pence has proposed a measure that would cut Title X funding from any organization that also provides abortions services. But that money is used for family planning, says Jenny Black, CEO of Planned Parenthood of New Mexico. The Title X program was created by President Nixon four decades ago and allows low-income women access to contraception, pap tests, testing for sexually transmitted infections (including AIDS) and breast exams. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of Title X services in the country, Black says.

“We are a point of entry for women into the health care system,” Black adds. “Women come in for the first time, for their first pap or first STI testing. They’re coming because they’re sexually active and responsibly taking care of themselves. They won’t have anywhere to turn.”

Pence’s bill was also amended to cut off any funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that flowed into Planned Parenthood for STI prevention and treatment.

Another amendment seeks to ax money for sexuality education in the country. But President Obama also is seeking funds for proven sex-ed programs after years of President Bush’s policy to only fund abstinence-based education.

The amendment that would hit New Mexico the hardest, says Black, would halt any federal dollars from making their way to a Planned Parenthood affiliate. That means Medicaid.

“We provide care for about 25,000 families in New Mexico,” Black says. “This is an attack on women’s health, but it’s also an attack on a family’s ability to control its own fertility.”

Nationwide, 3 million women seek health care from Planned Parenthood, and again, Black points out, that’s 3 million families. “It’s not just the women,” she says. “It’s the men in their lives, too.”

Zeroing out federal funding for Planned Parenthood severs a key component of America’s health care infrastructure, Black adds. And it’s economically unsound, she adds: For every dollar spent on preventive care, the country saves four bucks in later medical costs.

House Republicans also launched a separate measure that would completely defund Title X altogether, not just take Title X money from Planned Parenthood.

“When Congress is supposed to be focused on the economy and creating jobs,” Black says, “we’re seeing this highly politicized attack on women’s health care.”

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America calls this “the most dangerous legislative assault on women’s health” in the organization’s 95-year history. Through this link, people who want to weigh in on the issue can reach the office of their U.S. representative. Or you can call 202-730-9001.

V.20 No.5 | 2/3/2011

Letters

Let’s breathe air ridden with soot and water laced with mercury and lead. Doesn’t that make you want to live in New Mexico? The leading cause for the distribution of these chemicals is coal-fired power plants. New Mexico has two of the oldest and dirtiest coal plants in the nation. These plants are able to spew tons and tons of toxins into the air we breathe and into the water we drink.

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V.20 No.3 | 1/20/2011

news

House votes to repeal health care reform

Yes, 232 Republicans and three Democrats stood in favor of pulling the plug on the Affordable Care Act today. But the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” won’t likely make it through the Senate, which is still run by the blue ties.

House Speaker John Boehner called for representatives to stop health care reform before it could destroy jobs and “put us in an even deeper hole.”

Ray Sandoval is the state director for the local chapter of Organizing for America. He says the vote just shows how out of step those congresspeople are with the needs of American families and small businesses. “After campaigning for months on reducing the national deficit and working for the people, Republicans have used their first major vote in the House of Representatives to support legislation that would explode the deficit by a trillion dollars and restrict Americans’ freedom and control in their health care choices.”