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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - AZ: Senior Issues

Senior advocates say the now-defunct Graham-Cassidy bill would have limited access for some to nursing-home care. (Reknown Health)

PHOENIX - Arizona senior advocates are breathing a sigh of relief now that the latest GOP effort to repeal Obamacare has been withdrawn, lacking the necessary number of votes in support of the bill. Its authors pulled the Graham-Cassidy bill on Tuesday, a day before the planned vote. The bill propo

Arizona ranks in the middle of the pack, 26th in the nation, on a new scorecard for the availability and quality of long-term care services and supports. (AARP)

PHOENIX -- Arizona ranks 26th in the nation for providing quality long-term care services and supports for its older residents and those living with disabilities. It's a marked decline from 2014, when the state ranked 21st - and from 2011, when it ranked 15th in the nation. The findings come from a

The AARP estimates that some people with pre-existing conditions could see premiums rise to $25,000 per year under the A.H.C.A. (AARP)

PHOENIX – As the Republican health care plan awaits a final score from the Congressional Budget Office, senior advocates in Arizona are slamming it as unfair and unaffordable. AARP recently sent a letter to every U.S. Senator claiming that the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, would cause h

Federal data show that only one in seven small businesses offers a retirement savings plan. (SCS/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – A new study shows that Arizona could save $89 million over the next 15 years if it set up a system of state-based retirement savings accounts. Researchers from the University of Maine found that if current low savings rates persist, a significant portion of future retirees will be

AARP predicts changes to Medicaid under the proposed American Health Care Act would force older Arizonans into nursing homes sooner than necessary. (Pixabay)<br />

PHOENIX – Arizona may hold a precarious place in the new health care system proposed by House Republicans. The reasons are the state's aging population and higher than average insurance costs, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The foundations says for most Arizonans, the tax credi

Senior advocates are launching a campaign against proposals to voucherize Medicare.(Liljoel/Morguefile)

PHOENIX -- Senior advocates in the Grand Canyon State are speaking out against proposals in Congress to replace Medicare with a voucher system. AARP Arizona is part of a national campaign, launched this week, opposing Speaker Paul Ryan's plan to provide seniors with a fixed monthly subsidy with wh

AARP Arizona will be pushing for several new bills to help family caregivers in 2017. (Renown Rehab)

PHOENIX -- The new legislative session will begin on Monday, and advocates for people age 50 and older are laying out their priorities for 2017 - and they include a tax credit for caregivers. One in eight Arizonans - about 804,000 people - spends at least one hour per week helping an elderly frien

Dr. Len Kirschner, a retired USAF colonel and active volunteer, is the 2016 recipient of the AARP's highest honor, the Andrus Award. (AARP Arizona)

PHOENIX -- AARP Arizona is honoring dozens of volunteers for the many hours they've contributed to their communities over the past year. The organization's highest honor, the Andrus Award, goes to Dr. Len Kirschner, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and former AARP Arizona state president. Kirschne

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