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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 


The funding stumble in Congress deepens the crisis for health centers; also on our nationwide rundown; we will let you know about concerns over possible "gifts" to payday lenders; and a new survey provides alarming numbers about young people and homelessness.

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Public News Service - FL: Health Issues

While the holidays are a time of gatherings with family and friends, they also can be a source of stress for many seniors. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Holidays can be a wonderful time to reunite adult children and their parents, whether the parents live in their own home, or in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Family visits also can be some of the best times to evaluate older people’s health and self-re

A core objective of Florida’s Action for Dental Health is to maximize the utilization and capacity of Florida’s current dental workforce to optimally serve Floridians with preventive and therapeutic dental care. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- After being vetoed two years ago, there are new bills in the Florida Legislature that would establish a dental student loan forgiveness program for dentists practicing in underserved communities. Two bills, sponsored by Republicans Sen. Aaron Bean and Rep. Colleen Burton, woul

Advocacy groups claim the disorganized response to Hurricane Irma and the tragedy that unfolded at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills are part of a more disturbing trend. (Florida Capitol/Creative Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Advocates plan to deliver petitions from more than 12,000 concerned citizens calling on the Legislature to investigate Gov. Rick Scott. After Hurricane Irma knocked out power at a Hollywood nursing home in September, more than a dozen residents died when temperatures soared an

In 2005 a bill that would have required nursing homes to have backup generators to protect residents failed to pass after resistance from the nursing-home industry. (Ted Van Pelt/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida lawmakers will hold a special hearing this week to look at lessons learned from Hurricane Irma. This comes as two women who lived at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning during the storm have died. Ninety-year-old Cecilia Franco and 95-year-old France

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health insurance to low-income children who don't otherwise qualify for Medicaid. (Pawel Loj/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida has done a lot to make sure more children have health insurance. But that progress may be in jeopardy if Congress doesn't act soon. A new report shows the number of children without health insurance in Florida dropped 57 percent between 2009 and 2016. Report c

Nursing home deaths prompt new rules by Florida Governor (Salvador Altimir/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Even though a fully functioning hospital was across the street, eight residents died in a sweltering nursing home without air-conditioning in the Miami suburb of Hollywood, while calls for help were ignored. Brian Lee, who was forced out as Florida's long-term care ombudsman,

Gov. Rick Scott is calling on volunteers to help out after Hurricane Irma. (City of St. Petersburg/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Rick Scott has taken to Twitter with his plea for 1,000 volunteer nurses to help the state's special needs shelters in the wake of Hurricane Irma. "We've done everything we can to open shelters. We've worked to make sure people get food. We've spent hours trying to m

The last major overhaul of Florida's workers' compensation system took place in 2003. (Longislandwins/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida is supposed to provide workers' compensation benefits to all workers despite their legal status, but some employers and insurance companies have found a way to beat the system. An investigation by NPR and ProPublica found that, of the 800 undocumented people charg

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