Consumer alert—Beware of paying for free help
Attorney General Patricia Madrid warns New Mexicans about offers to sell them assistance that is available for free.
"My office has become aware of an offer that is targeting the elderly. New Mexico has a program called MedBank that obtains prescriptions either free or at a reduced rate for qualifying elderly. To utilize these programs, forms must be completed. If an individual needs help in completing the forms, assistance can be obtained from the state agency Aging & Long-Term Services. Unfortunately, we have been made aware of an individual who is offering to "train" people in filling out these forms for a fee of $1,500. The "trainees" will in turn offer to assist the elderly in completing these forms and charging $35 for the assistance.
I want all New Mexicans to know that there is no fee for this service through the state, no one has to pay for assistance in completing MedBank forms," Attorney General Madrid said.
Anyone wishing assistance in completing MedBank forms may call 1-800-432-2080 and ask for MedBank.
UNM-LA to offer 20 courses in Bernalillo this summer
UNM-LA’s Bernalillo site will have four times as many class offerings this summer as in the summer of 2003, said Michele Ueland, UNM-LA’s administrator at the Bernalillo site.
The site is able to offer more courses because of a significant increase in students, Ueland said. During the spring semester, students registered for 692 credit hours, up from 480 credit hours in spring 2003. These figures do not include students taking noncredit classes or students enrolled in community education courses.
This summer, twenty courses, ranging from Yoga to History of New Mexico, will be offered. The site will also offer Conversational Spanish, Music Appreciation, and Automotive Technology, as well as a number of courses of special interest to teachers.
The Bernalillo site offers noncredit courses in English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education courses that prepare students for the GED examination free of charge.
Registration is ongoing through June 4. Classes begin June 7. Late registration (late fees apply) will be held through June 11.
New and returning students will have the opportunity to meet with summer-session instructors regarding summer courses at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7, at the Bernalillo Town Site, 237 Camino del Pueblo.
To make an appointment for academic advisement or learn more about financial-aid opportunities, courses, or services, visit the Bernalillo Town Site, or call 771-4071.
Nominate a friend for courage in a health crisis
FRIENDS, a New Mexico group, is requesting stories from and about New Mexicans who are struggling with a major health crisis and successfully rehabilitating themselves through personal courage and determination. Now in its ninth year, FRIENDS wishes to award five grants of $2,000 to such individuals.
Nominations should include a detailed story about you or someone you know who deserves recognition. Please explain why this candidate qualifies for exhibiting courage and strength of character in the face of physical or medical adversity. Include the name, address, and phone number of the nominee and two references to verify the nominee’s story. Renominations are welcome.
The FRIENDS selection committee is composed of medical professionals and community leaders.
Please send nominations to FRIENDS, P.O. Box 2820, Corrales. N.M. 87048, on or before August 10. The grant date is September 30.
For more information, call for a recorded message at (505) 890-7600.
Senior Wellness Clinic on May 20
The St. Vincent de Paul Society will hold its monthly Senior Wellness Clinic from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on May 20 at the social center at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 301 Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo. This is a free clinic.
Our nurses will be monitoring blood pressure and diabetes screening, and weight monitoring. Our massage therapist is Cate Clark of Placitas, who has recently opened an office in Placitas. We also have an excellent reflexologist, Kelly Garry, from Corrales. Both therapists are very skilled and you will certainly feel better after utilizing their services. All of our nurses and therapists volunteer their time and talent. We are grateful for the community support the clinic has received from the Optimist Club de Sandoval and the Jardineros de Placitas. We would love to have more volunteers.
For more information or to volunteer, please call the message phone at the office, 867-1786.