Now for the hard part.
The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday upholding nearly all of the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare sets the stage for a potentially ugly state-level debate over Medicaid spending.
About a year ago, officials at the Santa Fe-based solar installation company Positive Energy Inc. took the first steps in getting the business’s 50 employees covered by health insurance.
Once the company offered the coverage, however, just 30 could afford the premiums, which start at $1,100 a month for a family that pays a $1,000 deductible, said CEO Regina Wheeler.
New Mexico’s business and health care leaders seemed to be relieved that some clarity and certainty has been brought to the health care debate – at least for now.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act on Thursday will last through at least the November presidential election. If Republican Mitt Romney wins, things could change again, they said.
But the decision brought relief in that it provided some certainty.
Director of Inpatient Services Lovelace Westside Hospital
Education: bachelor’s degree, nursing, and master’s degree, health administration, The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Andrea Garcia,18, shows a painting in the treatment room of the Inpatient Pediatric Unit at Lovelace Westside Hospital.
By Brad Buck/Observer Reporter
Andrea Garcia spent 30 hours a week — sometimes even coming in on weekends — to give an artistic touch to the walls at the Lovelace Westside Hospital Inpatient Pediatric Unit.
The Hope Christian School graduate, 18, draws inspiration from her teacher, Robert Millar, who lives in Rio Rancho.
Two of New Mexico’s largest insurance companies are joining some national competitors in pledging to continue some of the popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act, even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the law.
Lovelace is a proud sponsor of Playworks. A segment on Playworks was recently featured on Eye on New Mexico.
Bob Hayes, CFO of the Melloy Nissan car dealership in Albuquerque, had had it with having to play the negotiating game for health insurance for the firm’s employees.
After two proposed 20 percent premium increases over three years from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Hayes decided to listen when representatives of Lovelace Health Plan came knocking.
On June 1, 435 of Melloy’s employees and their dependents switched to the Lovelace Health Plan.
The seemingly ubiquitous technology-laden gadgets that have made managing our lives and leisure time so easy are also to blame for a number of ailments that now sport quaint nicknames, such as “text neck,” “computer vision syndrome,” “Blackberry thumb,” “iPad elbow, “iPod ear” and “Facebook chin.”
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 3,200 injuries associated with computers and cell phones between 2007 and 2011 at 100 hospitals around the country contracted to report such data, says CPSC spokeswoman Patty Davis.
The latest addition to the Lovelace Health System family has found its patriarch. Lovelace Regional Hospital-Roswell has named Lloyd Scarrow as its new chief executive officer.