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In the news this weekend: an attack in Egypt kills over two dozen people, President Trump's son in law is under the microscope in the Russian spying investigation, and it may take an entire village to save the planet.

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Public News Service - AR: Health Issues

State and federal proposals to cut Medicaid have many low-income Arkansas families concerned about losing access to affordable health care. (GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Low-income families in Arkansas have seen significant improvements in health care under the state's expanded Medicaid program, but proposed changes could put those gains in jeopardy. A new study says states, including Arkansas, that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable

Advocates say millions of Americans between ages 50 and 64 could pay more for health insurance if the American Health Care Act is approved without a pre-existing conditions benefit. (alvarez/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The House could vote today on the latest version of the American Health Care Act, but advocates say this bill could put an even greater number of older Americans at risk of losing their health coverage. The removal of protections for those with pre-existing conditions could ca

Health care for children in Arkansas is ranked 44th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in a new WalletHub survey. (Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark -- This week, April 24-28, is Every Kid Healthy Week, and a new survey shows that Arkansas ranks near the bottom for the health of its children. The report, released this week by the marketing firm WalletHub, ranked Arkansas 44th among the 50 states and District of Columbia for th

By this fall, a new suicide prevention hotline will be based in Arkansas so callers can be referred to local resources. (flairimages/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – After a jump in the number of suicides in recent years, state lawmakers have approved a bill (HB 1775) to create and fund an Arkansas Suicide Prevention Hotline. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 577 suicides in Arkansas in 2015, moving it from 16th

AARP is warning people age 50 and older that they can expect to pay much higher health-insurance premiums if the proposed plan to replace Obamacare is passed. (Highwaystarz/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Critics of the proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act are warning that the cost of the plan would disproportionately fall on older Americans. Estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office say the American Health Care Act would increase costs for many while caus

Thousands of Arkansas residents could lose out on Medicaid coverage if state lawmakers approve a freeze on new enrollments.  (AMRImage/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – With an estimated 330,000 people enrolled in Arkansas's expanded Medicaid program, state lawmakers are now taking steps to freeze enrollment. The state adopted a plan that uses Medicaid funds to buy health care from the insurance marketplace for those eligible, and the nu

The Arkansas Legislature has passed an anti-abortion bill banning a common medical procedure and allowing family members to block a woman from having it. (mj00007/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Women's health advocates and legal experts say they don't expect a new Arkansas law blocking a certain type of abortion procedure to survive challenges in court. The new law bans a standard medical procedure used in rare, second-trimester abortions, and also allows a woma

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arkansas has the largest number of cases in the current national outbreak of mumps. (shepherd/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A major outbreak of mumps in Arkansas and several other states continues to grow at an alarming rate, according to public health agencies. Officials say there are more than 2,000 cases of the contagious viral infection in Arkansas. Mumps causes flu-like symptoms and swolle

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