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PNS Weekend Newscast - September 23rd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: Senator John McCain says no to the GOP's health care plan, a new survey takes a look at how residents in one state feel about the effort to real Obamacare, and International Day of Peace is being celebrated this weekend.

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Public News Service - MO: Consumer Issues

Block grants aren't new. Congress in the 1980s narrowly rejected an effort by the Reagan administration to tie Medicaid funding to block grants. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act relies on a funding mechanism that is often discussed but not always understood – the block grant. Critics of repeal-and-replace legislation say block grants can sound appealing while doing much damage t

While neonatal intensive care units are common in hospitals, level four NICUs  which provide the most complex care for the tiniest and sickest babies  are designated by region. (Children's Mercy Hospital)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It's only been five years since the American Academy of Pediatrics created the level four designation of neonatal intensive care units. Known as NICUs, they are facilities that treat the smallest and most critically ill babies. Neonatology has only been recognized as a p

It's not yet clear whether Gov. Eric Greitens' prescription-drug monitoring program will impact existing county PDMPs. (Darko Stojanovic/Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It was a long time coming, but the announcement that Missouri will begin creating a prescription drug-monitoring program is getting a lukewarm response. Gov. Eric Greitens this week bypassed the state legislature when he issued an executive order to establish the databa

University of Missouri officials say one of the unique benefits of staying in a dorm room is that you're at the center of campus life. (tpsdave/Pixabay)

COLUMBIA, Md. – Anyone want to return to college dorm-life - even just for one night? The University of Missouri is planning to offer dorm rentals to visitors, as an alternative to hotels. The creative strategy comes as freshman enrollment on the Columbia campus continues to decline. In all,

The National Council for Behavioral Health believes cuts to Medicaid will result in increased costs for police departments, jails and hospital emergency rooms. (paulbr75/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It rips the rug out from under Missourians who struggle with addictions and mental illnesses. That's what behavioral health advocates are saying about the U.S. Senate healthcare reform bill released Thursday. The bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), pr

When someone develops dementia, gets in an accident or struggles with a disability, the role of caregiver often falls to a family member. (Gaertringen/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Forty-seventh. That's where Missouri ranks nationwide in providing assistance to family caregivers. The finding appears in the Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard, which ranks states on how they're doing to create a high-performing system of care for older people

Missouri legislators may be spending much of their summer vacations in Jefferson City. (David Mark/Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri state legislators have already been called back to Jefferson City for one special session and Gov. Eric Greitens says he's "canceling their summer vacations," indicating he may call them back for more. But the word "special" is open to interpretation. The gover

Missouri ranks among the top ten states with the highest percentage of food insecure households. (Jacqueline Sosa/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Breaking the cycle of poverty is more difficult when kids go hungry, and that's especially true after school lets out for the summer. With that reality in mind, a USDA program in the state is expanding, allowing several thousand more children to be eligible for food support this

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