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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012 Veterans' graves adorned with US flags The Lordsburg Elks Lodge con- tinued its annual tradition last week of placing American flags on the gravesites of United States Veterans in honor of Me- morial Day.This year the Lodge joined forces with local agents of the United States Border Pa- trol, including the Explorers youth patrol group. The group placed approximately 500 flags on graves at Shakespeare and Mountain View Cemeteries. Above, the group gathers at the Elks Lodge prior to the task. Below right, Manuel Renteria, Lordsburg Elk and US veteran, does his part at Shakespeare Cemetery. Left, volunteers af- ter the event. i SH NOw" 002-00. 002.000 We want to make you a loan!, Build Your Credit. No Checking Account Needed. Apply in person or call ahead/ ENTRY 00!INA'N 224E, Motel D rdsburg, N Call i oday/ 575-542- Lack of access to health care among NM veterans and their families - an issue of fairness Submitted by HEALTH ACTION NM According to a new report by the Urban Institute and the Rob- ert Wood Johnson Foundation, there are an estimated 1.3 million uninsured veterans nationwide - just over one in ten of all veter- ans under 65 years of age - who do not have access to health care due to lack of insurance cover- age. An additional 0.9 million adults and children in veterans' families are uninsured. Being uninsured is defined in the report as not having private insurance or use of Veterans Health Admin- istration services. Eligibility for our nation's largest health system is based on veteran status, ser- vice-related disabilities, income level and other factors. Uninsurance among vet- erans ranges widely across states - from under 5 percent in Massa- chusetts to over 17 percent in Montana New Mexico ranks 10 th in the U.S. for having the highest number of uninsured veterans. These means 20,000 New Mexi- can veterans and their family members do not have access to health care. It's troubling to learn that many veterans, including many in New Mexico simply aren't covered. In fact 12.7 per- cent of veterans in New Mexico are uninsured. It is also of note in a state with the highest percent- age of Native Americans, Native American veterans are nearly twice as likely to be uninsured when compared to other veterans. Seni0r Citizens Center Lunch Menu Monday, June 4 Grilled Cheese Sandwich Vegetable Soup Crackers Tropical Fruit Tuesday, June 5 Beef Steak Ranchero Pinto Beans/Green Chiles Salad/Dressing Strawberry Shortcake. Wednesday, June 6 Baked Chicken Wild Rice Creamy Coleslaw Mixed Vegetables WW Bread Chocolate Pudding Thursday, June 7 Beef Tips Egg Noodles Salad Peas/Carrots Pears Oatmeal Cookie Friday, June 8 Chicken Kabob Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Broccoli WW Roll/Margarine Applesauce Fully 17.3% 9f unin- sured veterans have either a ser- vice-related disability or func- tional limitation. Uninsured vet- erans are younger than insured veterans, have lower levels of education, higher levels of unem- ployment and are less likely to be married. The report also finds that 41 percent of uninsured vet- erans report unmet medical needs. while 34 percent report having delayed care due to cost. Delayed care often means that care is more expensive when a person finally does receive care. It also means not getting care when it is needed which can exacerbate medical problems. The Affordable Care Act in- cludes a number of provisions aimed at increasing access to health coverage that could sig- nificantly benefit New Mexican veterans and their families. In 2014 when implementa- tion takes place of the state in- surance exchanges and the ex- pansion of Medicaid for all per- sons below 138% of the poverty level, including childless adults, nearly nine in ten uninsured vet- erans will have access to afford- able coverage. Nearly half will likely qualify for expanded Med- icaid coverage, while another 40 percent have incomes that would allow them to qualify for subsi- dized coverage through state health insurance exchanges. "'Increased coverage and benefits for veterans is yet another compelling reason New Mexico should move forward to imple- ment the Affordable Care Act. Thanks to the federal health re- form legislation, our nation's vet- erans and their families will soon be able to get the coverage they desperately need and deserve," states Barbara K. Webber, Execu- tive Director of Health Action New Mexico. "Veterans represent a dramatic case for the fairness of having access to health care. When citizens risk their lives and health to assure freedom and jus- tice for our country, shouldn't they be guaranteed the peace of mind and the benefits of access to health care???" Local handmade items needed for Ruidoso Festival Continued from Page 1 cluded at this festival. All items taken will be inventoried and the sales price will be set by the pro- ducers. All items sold at the festi- val will have individual tickets and all proceeds and unsold items will be returned directly to the producers during the week following the festival. All work must be submitted by June 6th at 10 am. For more information about the festival, call Christy Ortiz at 520-507-0455 or email hidalgospirit @ yahoo.com. The Rag Rug Festival is a trademark Women's Cottage In- dustries Program of the New Mexico Women's Foundation (NMWF), "Helping New Mexico's Women Have a More Abundant Life." Cottage Indus- tries offer opportunities for women to work from home or in cooperatives, so that they are able to earn an income while caring for their children and their fami- lieS.' This is important in rural communities where many homes are very remote and-cliildcare 'is- limited. The mission of SPIRIT of Hidalgo is to support, promote, and inspire women and children to make a positive difference in their own lives, for their families, and within their communities. Hidalg0C0unty auction draws largecr0wd Rick Walter Auctioneer re- ported that the Hidalgo County Auction drew in a large crowd and netted over $160,000.00 dur- ing the May 19, 2012 Hidalgo County auction. The Hidalgo County auction was a success and the biggest item auction off was an old County grader that drew the largest sum. The County would like to thank all the County Department Heads, Elected Officials and the City of Lordsburg fortheir contributions in making this evem a success. The actual, break down of revenue generated by department will be placed on the County Web site @ www.hidalgocounty.org. For Appointmenfs call 575.542.8705 or ,,it hcherald@aznex.net PASSPORT PHOTOS s12 Some-Dey- Service Available at. the Hidalgo Leo U t .-212 East Mote[ Drip, e, Lord,burg, NM Hidalgo County HERALD 2!2 E, Motel Drive Suite B Lordsburg, NM88045 $40 per year Name Address City, State, Zip We have all the tools to keep your Business ON K & IN BLACK We offer Professionfl Services for all aspects of your small business! Including: Payroll #Monthly, Quarterly & Annual Tax Preparation Financial Statements Ban Reconciliations BOOKKEEPI00N 575-542-3125 212 E. Motel Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg I