Tristan Ahtone http://kunm.org en Obama's Budget Would Fund Navajo Water Project http://kunm.org/post/obamas-budget-would-fund-navajo-water-project <p>President Obama’s $3.9 trillion budget could provide $2.4 billion to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. That’s an increase of about $33 million from the previous year.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:20:25 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 42058 at http://kunm.org New Mexico Surpasses U.S. In Childhood Flu Vaccinations http://kunm.org/post/new-mexico-surpasses-us-childhood-flu-vaccinations <p>The number of children receiving flu vaccines in New Mexico is higher than the national average, according to the state Department of Health.</p><p>During the 2010-2011 flu season, almost 60 percent of kids between the ages of five and 12 got vaccinated for flu. However, that number jumped to about 70 percent the following year.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:27:12 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 41889 at http://kunm.org Udall Proposes Health Bills http://kunm.org/post/udall-proposes-health-bills <p class="p1">New Mexico Senator Tom Udall has proposed two bills to address access to health care in rural communities.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Every county in New Mexico, except one, has been designated by the federal government as having a health care provider shortage. And beyond a shortage, surveys show that over half of the doctors in New Mexico were at capacity and unable to take on more than a handful of new patients.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:47:30 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 41842 at http://kunm.org Udall Proposes Health Bills Navajo Nation President: Tax Junk Food http://kunm.org/post/navajo-nation-president-tax-junk-food <p class="p1">Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly recently vetoed legislation that would increase taxes on junk food sold on the reservation but says he will support a new, tweaked version.<br /><br />The bill would have added a two-percent tax to all junk food sold on the Navajo Nation, and was designed to encourage healthy eating habits while fighting problems like diabetes.<br /><br />But how the tax will be collected, how business owners will be impacted, and what actually constitutes junk food all need to be hammered out before Shelly signs off, which he hopes will be this year.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:50:17 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 41741 at http://kunm.org Navajo Nation President: Tax Junk Food Lawmakers Ban Texting While Driving http://kunm.org/post/lawmakers-ban-texting-while-driving <p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:51:05 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 41539 at http://kunm.org Lawmakers Ban Texting While Driving Ineligible For Obamacare, Immigrants May Continue To Face Debt And Poor Health http://kunm.org/post/ineligible-obamacare-immigrants-may-continue-face-debt-and-poor-health <p></p><p>Maria Cabrera owed $57,000 dollars after she suffered a heart attack and ended up in an Albuquerque hospital.</p><p>“Once I was out of the hospital, I got completely in debt,” Cabrera said. “The debt was so large that I don’t even know what’s going on.”</p><p>A large amount of that debt was cut down through financial assistance, but she says the debt collectors are still calling, and she’s unclear of just how much she owes.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:39:02 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 41244 at http://kunm.org Ineligible For Obamacare, Immigrants May Continue To Face Debt And Poor Health Number Of Health Insurance Marketplace Sign-ups Continues To Rise http://kunm.org/post/number-health-insurance-marketplace-sign-ups-continues-rise <p></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:25:19 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 41266 at http://kunm.org Number Of Health Insurance Marketplace Sign-ups Continues To Rise Those In The Obamacare 'Affordability Gap' Risk Futures In Medical Debt http://kunm.org/post/those-obamacare-affordability-gap-risk-futures-medical-debt <p></p><p>Meet Karla Castañeda. She’s 22, is a single mother, and recently went back to school. Her son is eligible for Medicaid, but she is not because she makes too much money, and her job doesn’t provide her with insurance. To get coverage, she turned to <a href="http://bewellnm.com/?gclid=CKOauLG4urwCFUiUfgodRnkA-Q" target="target_blank">New Mexico’s insurance marketplace</a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:35:45 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 41243 at http://kunm.org Those In The Obamacare 'Affordability Gap' Risk Futures In Medical Debt In New Mexico: Guilt, Fraud, Audits And Behavioral Health http://kunm.org/post/new-mexico-guilt-fraud-audits-and-behavioral-health <div class="panel-pane pane-token pane-node-body fb-twit-body no-title block"><div class="block-inner clearfix"><div class="block-content"><p>On Jan. 16, the <a href="http://www.nmag.gov/">New Mexico Attorney General’s Office</a> announced it had found “<a href="http://www.nmag.gov/News">insufficient evidence to support allegations of fraud</a>” against <a href="http://www.alamogordonews.com/ci_23726292/counseling-center-fears-going-out-business">The Counseling Center</a> in Alamagordo, N.M.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:41:49 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 40455 at http://kunm.org In New Mexico: Guilt, Fraud, Audits And Behavioral Health Southwest States Receive Low Grades For Tobacco Control Efforts http://kunm.org/post/southwest-states-receive-low-grades-tobacco-control-efforts <p>According to the <a href="http://www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org/" target="target_blank">American Lung Association</a>, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas all received Fs for their tobacco prevention efforts. That’s primarily because the states aren’t spending amounts recommended by the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/" target="target_blank">Centers for Disease Control</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org/state-grades/texas/" target="target_blank">Texas</a> got the worst grades in the Southwest, including an F for smoke-free air and restrictions.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 03:39:14 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 40384 at http://kunm.org Southwest States Receive Low Grades For Tobacco Control Efforts Roswell Shooting Puts Focus On New Mexico Gun Violence http://kunm.org/post/roswell-shooting-puts-focus-new-mexico-gun-violence <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.fronterasdesk.org/content/9432/two-students-hospitalized-after-shooting-new-mexico-middle-school" target="target_blank">On Tuesday,</a> two students were flown to Lubbock, Texas, for medical treatment after a seventh-grade student at a Roswell middle school opened fire with a shotgun on a crowd in a gymnasium.</p><p>There is still no known motive for the shooting, and officials report the gunman stopped firing when a school staff member approached the student and asked him to put the gun down.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:50:07 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 40127 at http://kunm.org Roswell Shooting Puts Focus On New Mexico Gun Violence Two Students Hospitalized After Shooting At Roswell Middle School http://kunm.org/post/two-students-hospitalized-after-shooting-roswell-middle-school <p>Two students have been hospitalized after a gunman opened fire at a New Mexico middle school Tuesday morning.</p><p>The shooting occurred at a Roswell Middle School in eastern New Mexico when students gathered in the gym to get out of the weather and a 12-year-old suspect brought what's presumed to be a shotgun to school.</p><p>"This individual opened fire on the audience that was in the gym," Said New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. "At this time we can confirm that two students were injured, a boy and a girl, as well as a school staff member."</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:32:15 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 40080 at http://kunm.org Feds Release New Data On Health Insurance Marketplace Sign-ups http://kunm.org/post/feds-release-new-data-health-insurance-marketplace-sign-ups <p>The federal government has released <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2014/MarketPlaceEnrollment/Jan2014/ib_2014jan_enrollment.pdf" target="target_blank">new data</a> on the number of people signing up for health care plans on the <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/blog/2013/10/marketplace-four-ways-to-apply.html" target="target_blank">health insurance marketplace</a>, and there has been a <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/01/20140113a.html" target="target_blank">significant uptick</a> in marketplace activity as of December.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:52:55 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 40047 at http://kunm.org Feds Release New Data On Health Insurance Marketplace Sign-ups Chicken Soup For The Influenza-Riddled Soul http://kunm.org/post/chicken-soup-influenza-riddled-soul <p>In California, at least eight people <a href="http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/01/08/flu-now-widespread-in-california/">have died</a> from the flu. In North Texas, <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2014/01/07/flu-deaths-jump-in-north-texas.html">19 deaths</a>. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:15:50 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 39905 at http://kunm.org Chicken Soup For The Influenza-Riddled Soul A Krokodil Ripped My Flesh http://kunm.org/post/krokodil-ripped-my-flesh <p>According to <a href="http://www.woai.com/articles/woai-local-news-119078/scary-new-drug-krokodil-seen-for-11945671/">WOAI</a>, the Drug Enforcement Agency has “experienced the first case of a Texan being treated for using a new type of drug which leaves the user with flesh lesions and turns the skin a scaly green color.”</p><p>The drug, known as Krokodil, has made headlines in the United States for months, but has only shown up in a few isolated incidents, like the one in Texas.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:24:23 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 39897 at http://kunm.org Native American Cancer Rates Remain Static http://kunm.org/post/native-american-cancer-rates-remain-static <p>New <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/caac.21208/full" target="target_blank">statistics</a> released by the <a href="http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/news/cancer-statistics-report-deaths-down-20-percent-in-2-decades" target="target_blank">American Cancer Society</a> show that nationally there's been a 20 percent decrease in risk of death from all cancers. For breast and colon cancer, that rate of decline is closer to 35 percent. However, in the Southwest, there's a slightly different picture.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 23:57:43 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 39821 at http://kunm.org Native American Cancer Rates Remain Static High Demand, Strong Supply Drive New Mexico's Heroin Problems http://kunm.org/post/high-demand-strong-supply-drive-new-mexicos-heroin-problems <p>Stan Padilla has been using heroin for 45 years. On this cold December morning, he’s taking time to visit an Albuquerque syringe exchange to pick up clean gear for his habit.</p><p>"I just look out for myself,” said Padilla. “'Round here there isn’t no friends, when it comes out to drugs and money, it’s all about trying to use each other. It’s the way it is. It’s the drug business for you.”</p><p>He’s 61 years old, an Albuquerque native, and says he’s cut his habit down to using about once a month.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:03:53 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 38881 at http://kunm.org High Demand, Strong Supply Drive New Mexico's Heroin Problems New Mexico Infant Mortality Rates Surpass National Numbers http://kunm.org/post/new-mexico-infant-mortality-rates-surpass-national-numbers <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">Infant mortality rates in the Southwest have been steadily declining over the years. But recent data from New Mexico show a surprising spike in 2012. The state has surpassed national infant death rates for the first time since the 1990s.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 03:25:00 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 38413 at http://kunm.org New Mexico Infant Mortality Rates Surpass National Numbers The Case Of New Mexico's Altered Audit http://kunm.org/post/case-new-mexicos-altered-audit <div class="panel-pane pane-token pane-node-body fb-twit-body no-title block"><div class="block-inner clearfix"><div class="block-content"><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's been almost six months since the </span><a href="http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="target_blank">New Mexico Human Services Department</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span>HSD<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) froze Medicaid payments to mental health providers in the state due to a "</span><a href="http://www.fronterasdesk.org/content/new-mexico-freezes-funding-15-mental-health-provid Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:24:53 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 38382 at http://kunm.org The Case Of New Mexico's Altered Audit State Auditor: Behavioral Health Audit Report Had Crucial Language Removed http://kunm.org/post/state-auditor-behavioral-health-audit-report-had-crucial-language-removed <p>Over the summer, the New Mexico Human Services Department froze Medicaid payments to a dozen mental health providers due to allegations of fraud.</p><p>The basis for those allegations: an audit conducted by an out-of-state company called PCG. That audit was never seen by the public or even by those accused of fraud.&nbsp;</p><p>But in October, a heavily redacted version was released, and in it, PCG&nbsp;said it did not uncover what it would consider to be credible allegations of fraud.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 22:41:51 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 38237 at http://kunm.org State Auditor: Behavioral Health Audit Report Had Crucial Language Removed Smoking Rates During Pregnancy Highest Among Native Americans http://kunm.org/post/smoking-rates-during-pregnancy-highest-among-native-americans <p>Native Americans have the highest rates of smoking before, during and after pregnancy than any other ethnic group in the nation. That’s according to a <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6206a1.htm?s_cid=ss6206a1_e" target="target_blank">new report</a> from the Centers for Disease Control.</p><p>According to the CDC, 55 percent of Native American women smoked before pregnancy. During pregnancy, that rate dropped significantly to 26 percent. However, that rate was still the highest of any racial or ethnic group in the nation.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:29:51 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 37894 at http://kunm.org Smoking Rates During Pregnancy Highest Among Native Americans Do Indians Make Better Cowboys Than Cowboys? http://kunm.org/post/do-indians-make-better-cowboys-cowboys <p>The <a href="http://infr.org/index.html" target="target_blank">Indian National Finals Rodeo </a>(INFR) just wrapped up in Las Vegas. During the event, spectators enjoyed the usual rodeo competitions: barrel racing, steer wrestling and bull riding. But what's different about this event is it’s an Indian-only rodeo, which means in addition to the bulls, cows and Indian cowboys, the whole family is there.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:23:00 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 37827 at http://kunm.org Do Indians Make Better Cowboys Than Cowboys? Immigration Reform Is Dead. Long Live Immigration Reform! http://kunm.org/post/immigration-reform-dead-long-live-immigration-reform <div class="panel-pane pane-token pane-node-body fb-twit-body no-title block"><div class="block-inner clearfix"><div class="block-content"><blockquote><p>"I'll make clear we have no intention ever of going to conference on the Senate bill." - <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/11/13/boehner-closes-door-on-house-senate-immigration-panel/" target="target_blank">John Boehner, Speaker of the House </a></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:23:39 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 37631 at http://kunm.org Law & Order: Indian Country http://kunm.org/post/law-order-indian-country <p>For decades, tribal areas of the United States — Indian Country, for short — have been some of the most violent and dangerous places to live. Some of the biggest problems law enforcement officials face include issues of criminal jurisdiction, bad communication between tribal, state and federal officials, poor court sentencing powers, and of course, minimal funding.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:21:25 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 37630 at http://kunm.org Law & Order: Indian Country In The Southwest, Nearly 60 Percent Of Health Exchange Users Would See Tax Credits http://kunm.org/post/southwest-nearly-60-percent-health-exchange-users-would-see-tax-credits <p>It's estimated that 7.4 million people in the southwest will be buying insurance on their own under the Affordable Care Act. Approximately 60 percent of those purchasers will be eligible for help with their insurance bill in the form of tax credits next year.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 03:39:46 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 37280 at http://kunm.org In New Mexico, Heroin Use Continues To Fuel Crime, Overdoses http://kunm.org/post/new-mexico-heroin-use-continues-fuel-crime-overdoses <p>Heroin is the reigning king of drugs in New Mexico. From overdoses to prosecutions, heroin is wreaking havoc, and to make matters worse, it’s cheaper, purer, and easier to buy than ever.</p><p><a href="http://2nd.nmdas.com/" target="target_blank">New Mexico District Attorney Kari Brandenburg</a>&nbsp;said prosecutions of heroin trafficking and possession in the state have surpassed other drugs like cocaine and meth.</p><p>Conversely, the use of prescription opiates are down.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:57:41 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 37108 at http://kunm.org In New Mexico, Heroin Use Continues To Fuel Crime, Overdoses 63,000 New Mexicans To Transition Health Plans Under ACA http://kunm.org/post/63000-new-mexicans-transition-health-plans-under-aca <p></p><p>Under the <a href="http://www.medicaid.gov/affordablecareact/affordable-care-act.html" target="target_blank">Affordable Care Act</a>, around <a href="http://newmexico.watchdog.org/19700/at-least-63900-new-mexicans-must-change-health-care-policies/" target="target_blank">63,000 New Mexicans</a> will need to buy new health insurance policies by the end of the year. Those plans could cost more and cover more.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:51:20 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 37046 at http://kunm.org 63,000 New Mexicans To Transition Health Plans Under ACA In Albuquerque, Human Trafficking Evolves And Grows http://kunm.org/post/albuquerque-human-trafficking-evolves-and-grows <p>A recent study claims that nearly 30-­million people on the planet live in slavery-­ a practice that relies on the trafficking of human beings. The majority of victims are found in places like India, Thailand and Russia. Human trafficking is also a growing problem in the Southwestern United States, and the black market trade is growing in New Mexico.</p><p>It was a bad night, and none of the girls had made much cash. The evening's customers were more interested in the Spurs game on television then the strippers. But one of the dancers knew how they could make up for it.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 23:30:00 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 36994 at http://kunm.org New Mexico Leads Nation In Per Capita Mental Illness http://kunm.org/post/new-mexico-leads-nation-capita-mental-illness <p>A new federal report ranks New Mexico as the state with the highest percentage of citizens with mental illness. But the 416-page survey also reveals states in the Southwest are above average in many areas like access to mental health services.</p><p>The purpose of the <a href="http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2012BehavioralHealthUS/Index.aspx" target="target_blank">Behavioral Health 2012 report</a> is to look at where states stand in relation to national averages. The hope is for policy makers to examine areas of the mental health system that need help.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:35:57 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 36995 at http://kunm.org Audit: NM Sexual Assault Programs Not In Compliance http://kunm.org/post/audit-nm-sexual-assault-programs-not-compliance <p>An audit conducted by the Department of Justice says the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs failed to comply with essential grant conditions when handling about $4-million dollars in federal awards over the last six years.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the audit by the Office of Inspector General Audit Division (OIG), there were conflicts of interest when hiring; questionable payroll costs; and inadequate monitoring of contracts, sub-grantees and timesheets, to name a few of the findings.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:54:30 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 36982 at http://kunm.org