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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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Public News Service - CT: Health Issues

The latest analysis says without the Affordable Care Act, more than 161,000 Connecticut residents would have no health insurance. (sasint/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Trump administration remains determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but a new analysis shows that in Connecticut, the law has had some real benefits. The Urban Institute report says the ACA has cut the rate of residents with no health insurance almost in half sta

Ragweed thrives with higher concentrations of carbon dioxide. (Jim Pisarowicz/NPS)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A new analysis ranks Connecticut high on the list of areas where smog and pollen combine to threaten respiratory health. The Natural Resources Defense Council's mapping project puts the Nutmeg State at number two, just behind Washington, for percentage of its population sub

Keeping high-needs patients healthy reduces hospitalizations and emergency room visits, according to a new report. (CDC/Amanda Mills)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Community health workers, who provide a link between patients and clinical care, can improve the health of high-needs patients and help control medical costs, according to a new report. The report from the Connecticut Health Foundation looks at successful community health w

Helping people with disabilities live independently saves Connecticut millions of dollars a year. (CDC)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Advocates for people with disabilities say cutting funding for the state's independent living centers would cost Connecticut millions of dollars. In his efforts to close the state's $5.5 billion, two-year budget shortfall, Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed eliminating the ent

AARP estimates that home and community care is one-third the cost of a nursing home. (Myfuture.com/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut has made progress in meeting the long-term care needs of seniors, but advocates say proposed cuts to the state budget could wipe out those gains. A new state-by-state scorecard from the Commonwealth Fund shows Connecticut has improved its performance in helping

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HARTFORD, Conn. – A bill to ban so-called conversion gay therapy in Connecticut has moved a big step closer to becoming law. The bill passed the state's House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote 141-to-8. Final passage would make Connecticut the seventh state in the nation to ban the lon

Limiting access to homecare services would force some seniors into expensive nursing homes. (geralt/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Advocates for seniors say Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposed budget would put Connecticut seniors at risk. According to AARP, the governor's budget would erode seniors' access to vital programs, affecting everything from prescription drugs to home health care. Claudio Gualtieri,

About 85 percent of Connecticut students ride buses to public schools, which exposes them to greater levels of air pollution. (School Bus Central/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Environmentalists want Connecticut to use some of the money from the Volkswagen settlement to help children in low-income communities affected by air pollution. The state will be getting almost $51 million from the car maker's $20 billion settlement for deliberately cheating

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