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Public News Service - AR: Health Issues

Many families find that private nursing-home care for loved ones can be prohibitively expensive, and home-based care costs less. (Morsa/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Long-term care for the elderly can be very expensive for most families, and advocates say many Arkansans are confused about how to best support their aging parents. As more Baby Boomers enter retirement, they'll be in for "sticker shock" if they haven't prepared for either home-

Four laws were approved earlier this year by Arkansas lawmakers despite similar measures having been ruled unconstitutional in several other states. (JoeRaedle/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A federal judge has blocked Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions passed earlier this year by state lawmakers. The laws include a ban on a common second-trimester procedure, allow a partner or family member to block a planned abortion, force doctors to sa

A new report shows tap water in many communities in Arkansas and across the country contains potentially dangerous contaminants. (Pixabay)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new guide compiles test results from public water systems in all 50 states so people can double check their local water quality. It says many systems in Arkansas contain contaminants at levels in violation of Environmental Protection Agency standards. The nonprofit En

The number of preventable injuries and deaths from vehicle crashes and other types of accidents is on the rise, according to a report from the National Safety Council. (Caiaimage/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A new study ranks Arkansas among the worst states in the country for protecting people from preventable injuries and deaths. A National Safety Council report found that the number of fatalities from car crashes, falls, fires, drownings and drug overdoses - what it calls preventa

Many people in Arkansas jails and prisons have mental-health issues, and state officials have created a program to divert more of them to treatment instead of incarceration. (Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As many as 5,000 people in Arkansas jails and prisons may have mental-health issues, studies show, and state officials are taking steps to change that. The Arkansas Legislature has approved a bill to provide alternatives to jail for these people, and expand crisis intervention t

House Speaker Paul Ryan explains the American Health Care Act at a news conference last month. (Somodevilla/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As health care advocates evaluate the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA), many are deeply concerned about its use of “high-risk pools” to cut costs. The pools would take the sickest Americans out of the insurance marketplace and put them under a separate

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

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