School superintendents across New Mexico are working to make sure that students who are in jeopardy of not graduating this year due to changes in requirements will be able to don a much deserved cap and gown come spring.
What’s changed? Students must pass every single segment of the state Standards Based Assessments Test, something they’ve not had to do before. That means 20 percent of the class of 2014 might not graduate.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/23 8a: Medicaid Expansion is underway in New Mexico. We'll talk with several people directly involved in enrolling and outreach, working to get more people covered. Are you wanting to enroll but haven't, or are you concerned about the number of uninsured New Mexicans?
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A company that oversaw $135 million worth of Medicaid services in New Mexico told a legislative committee Monday that it had been sounding alarms long before payments were frozen to 15 behavioral health providers after an audit last year; however, lawmakers pointed out that doesn’t square with OptumHealth’s own consistently high audit scores for those firms.
Governor Susana Martinez gave her 2014 State of the State address Tuesday at the state capitol in Santa Fe. She spoke before a joint session of the house and senate and touted the success of a tax package that was passed controversially at the very end of last year’s legislative session.
“Less than one year ago, in a display of tremendous bi-partisanship, we passed the most significant tax reform in a generation and sent the loudest message yet- that New Mexico is striving to be a business friendly state,” Martinez said.
A recent poll found a majority of registered New Mexico voters, nearly 4 out of 5 surveyed, believe corruption is prevalent when it comes to state politics. The poll was commissioned by Common Cause New Mexico to find out what would-be-voters across the state think about money in state politics.
Common Cause Executive Director Viki Harrison said the purpose of the survey was to give state lawmakers and Governor Susana Martinez some insight into what voters think.
State Finds No Fraud By Mental Health Provider - The Associated Press
Attorney General Gary King says investigators found no fraud by a behavioral health provider in Alamogordo although Medicaid was improperly billed for $19,000 in services.
King's office announced Thursday it had finished an investigation of the first of more than a dozen nonprofit mental health providers that had their Medicaid payments suspended last year by the Human Services Department because of allegations of fraud, mismanagement and billing problems.
In New Mexico, more then one in three children come from families living on less then $23,000 a year. It's the highest rate of childhood poverty in the country. At the same time, the state has the lowest educational outcomes based on test scores and graduation rates.
Almost 75 percent of the nearly 8,000 New Mexicans who have enrolled in insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act are eligible for discounts, according to numbers released by the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Wednesday. Officials are attributing the spike in the number of enrollees to the state’s multi-pronged advertising campaign.
State Sued Over Developmentally Disabled Services - The Associated Press
Family members and legal guardians of developmentally disabled New Mexicans have sued Gov. Susana Martinez's administration over cuts in services.
A lawsuit was filed in federal court Wednesday to restore the services lost by individuals and stop the administration from continuing with changes implemented this year to control costs in a Medicaid-funded program serving about 4,000 people.
Two students have been hospitalized after a gunman opened fire at a New Mexico middle school Tuesday morning.
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.
"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."
A District Court judge ruled today that it's legal for doctors in New Mexico to prescribe medication so patients with terminal illnesses can end their own lives.
Judge Nan Nash wrote: "If decisions made in the shadow of one's imminent death regarding how they and their loved ones will face that death are not fundamental and at the core of these constitutional guarantees, then what decisions are?"
A new report from the US Environmental Protection Agency is projecting it could be 30 years before Albuquerque's drinking water wells are contaminated with jet fuel from a decades-old leak at Kirtland Airforce base. But the impact could be felt much sooner for wells closer to the original contamination site.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/16 8a: New Mexico’s annual legislative session begins on January 21st. Thirty-day sessions such as this one are mandated to handle the state’s budget matters.
But what can we really expect to be debated and passed with talk of driver’s licenses, education issues, indigent health care funding, the behavioral health care system and the economy and jobs circulating and potentially appearing before lawmakers?
A forest restoration project in central New Mexico has been awarded an additional $2 million by the USDA. The money will allow state and federal agencies to cover more ground with fire prevention activities such as tree thinning, hazardous fuel removal and controlled burns.
Advocates with The Nature Conservancy said the funding is a much needed shot in the arm for efforts like the Isleta Project, a Forest Service restoration project taking place in Albuquerque’s east mountains.
Early Monday morning, the New Mexico Game and Fish Department will begin rounding up hundreds of pronghorn in northeastern New Mexico. The antelope-like animals will be relocated to areas with minuscule or non-existent herds.
The pronghorn is the fastest moving land mammal in North America and since the 1930's New Mexico officials have been trying to restore the population in its native short grass prairie habitat. A dramatic decline in their numbers at the turn of the 20th century was due to excessive hunting and left the creature fighting for survival.