KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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The Affordable Care Act’s essence is to provide health insurance to more Americans,  and expand coverage for low-income and the elderly who either didn’t qualify or couldn’t afford expensive prescriptions.  A study released today by Families USA shows two-times as many poor people in states like New Mexico are now covered since Medicaid expansion than in states that did not expand it.  And as KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports in the final installment of her series on the ACA, there is more oversight of the insurance industry here than before passage of the health law six years ago.

Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent final enrollment event is this Saturday, beginning at 9a and running through 3’oclock in the afternoon.  Consumers can also apply online through Sunday night, at BeWellnm.com.

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There’s a proposal in the New Mexico Legislature this session that if approved by lawmakers and state voters would forever change the nature of political primary elections. Tom Trowbridge has the story.

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You may know Jason Silverman as Cinematheque director at the CCA in Santa Fe. But he's also a filmmaker: he co-wrote, directed and produced a new documentary, SEMBENE! (SEM-BEN) , about the life and career of Ousmane Sembene, one of the most significant figures in Senegalese cinema and literature. 

The film, a collaboration with Sembene biographer Samba Gadjigo, was named "One of the top 18 films of Sundance" in 2014 and last year made its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. KSFR's Kate Powell spoke with Jason and brings us this story. 

Jason Silverman, co-creator of Sembene! 

Sembene Opens tomorrow night in Santa Fe with its premiere at the Lensic theatre at 7pm.

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Continuing his series of reviews of nominees for Best Animated feature at the Academy awards, KSFR Correspondent Jeremy Zeilik takes a look at the Brazilian import Boy and The World.

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More than 50-thousand New Mexicans have enrolled in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act that President Barak Obama signed into law in March of 2010.  The deadline to sign up for this year or face penalties, is January 31st—this Sunday.  But for people who haven’t had health insurance in years, if ever, finding the best and most affordable plan is a daunting task.  There is no cost to get one-on-one assistance with the healthcare application, whether it’s in-person, or online.  Deborah Martinez reports on New Mexico’s healthcare exchange, in part two of our series on the Affordable Care Act.

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A coalition of pro-choice advocates marshalled their forces at the state Capitol Tuesday in hopes of fending off any anti-abortion measures that may be introduced in the Legislature this session. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll has the story.

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One week into this years legislative session and KSFR spoke with several Senate leaders about theiur thoughts and priorities on how this 30-day budget session was progressing. KSFR's Zelie Pollon first spoke with Democratic Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla.

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This week, in Your Money Decisions, Kate Stalter continues last week’s theme of managing your risk. It’s imperative that investors understand whether their investments are in line with their tolerance for the current roller coaster ride.


Kate is the personal-finance columnist for the Santa Fe New Mexican, and an investing columnist at U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Morningstar and TheStreet.com. She also blogs and hosts a podcast at BetterMoneyDecisions.com.

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