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PNS Daily News - June 26, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s news including: it’s a key week for Republicans drumming up support for health care legislation; mayors from around the country speak out against Trump’s climate policies; and why some cattle producers have a beef with the USDA.

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Public News Service - AR: Senior Issues

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

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

The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide Program is available at 21 sites in Arkansas to prepare tax returns for people who can't afford professional help. (bernardasv/IStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The federal income tax filing deadline is April 18, and if you can't afford professional help with your tax return, free assistance is available. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide Program offers no-cost services in Arkansas preparing federal and state tax returns. Kim Labbate, a

AARP Arkansas is advocating for the state Legislature to establish a Work and Save program to help Arkansans save for their retirement. (vaeenma/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – America may be headed for a retirement crisis, since fewer than half of workers age 50 or older have a significant amount of money set aside in savings or investments. In Arkansas, only about half of private businesses offer their employees a retirement plan, which means

The AARP Fraud Watch Network is warning computer users of unsolicited phone calls from fraudulent tech-support centers. (BrianAJackson/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – People who are not computer experts, which includes many people, often worry about their digital device getting a virus and not knowing how to fix it. However, according to the AARP Fraud Watch Network, Arkansans and others need to beware of someone claiming that your com

Family members provide hundreds of thousands of unpaid hours of care each year for parents and other relatives. (shoyhet/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Family caregivers are the first line of defense in preventing elderly patients from returning to the hospital, and an Arkansas state law is providing extra support in that often difficult task. The Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act, which went into effect last year, provides assis

Arkansas plans to triple the number of medical-school graduates in the next few years to help reduce a shortage of doctors in the state. (DmitriKotin/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Public health officials say they are making progress in reducing a chronic doctor shortage in Arkansas, particularly in rural counties. And the need is great: Arkansas currently has the lowest ratio of physicians per capita and its population is ranked among the unhealthies

Arkansas residents are being urged to take a stand about the future of Social Security. (AARP.org)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Nearly 674,000 people in Arkansas collect Social Security benefits; that's one out of every four state residents. Advocates say with so many relying on it to make ends meet, it's crucial to know what each presidential candidate will do to make sure the program is funded into the

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