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Public News Service - NM: Mental Health

Worries are increasing for family health care advocates with the addition of a new amendment to the GOP health care proposal. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- President Trump and GOP members of Congress have a new twist in their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, and family advocates are more concerned than ever about the effect it would have on New Mexicans. The "MacArthur Amendment," named for the New Jersey Republican who negotia

A proposal for $41 million in President Obama's budget proposal would help New Mexico and others clear the backlog of untested rape kits. (Wikimedia Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Victims advocacy groups are hailing the inclusion of $41 million in President Barack Obama's proposed budget to help address the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits, also called rape kits, across the United States. In New Mexico, a 2015 audit discovered more than 5,400

More skilled-nursing care in New Mexico for veterans.Courtesy: New Mexico Department of Health

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. – A multi-million-dollar facility being built at the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences will treat veterans from across the state living with Alzheimer's disease. Lori Montgomery, administrator at the veterans' home, says construction is abou

PHOTO: Public school students will likely be taking fewer standardized tests if Congress passes a bill now under consideration. Photo courtesy City of Beaumont, Texas.

SANTA FE, N.M. – A bill moving through Congress could dramatically reduce standardized testing for kindergarten-through-12th grade students in New Mexico and around the country. Betty Patterson, president of the National Education Association of New Mexico, says the Every Child Achieves Act

PHOTO: Two Albuquerque police officers involved the fatal shooting of a homeless man are facing possible murder charges.<br />Photo credit: Dick Elbers/Wikimedia Commons.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg is pursuing murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers in the shooting death of a homeless man named James Boyd last March. The shooting occurred in the foothills of the nearby Sandia Mountains. Brandenburg announc

PHOTO: U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall of New Mexico are asking Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelium to extend the open-enrollment phase of the Affordable Care Act beyond the current deadline of March 31. Image courtesy of whitehouse.gov

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall of New Mexico are part of a senate coalition asking that the open-enrollment phase of the Affordable Care Act be extended beyond the current deadline of March 31. The lawmakers say Americans deserve more time to make informed decisions

PHOTO:  Hogares is one of the mental health centers affected by the decision to withhold funds.<br />Photo by: Beth Blakeman<br />

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Mental-health centers that dispense as much as 85 percent of New Mexico's mental health, PTSD and substance abuse services may be locking their doors and going dark, because of claims of suspicion of fraud after an audit. Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier stopped state and

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Women in New Mexico have more to gain from the national new health reform law than those in almost any other state, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund. Karen Davis, president of the Fund, says 30 million women nationwide stand to benefit from the reforms, partic

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