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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


Featured on today’s rundown; LGBTQ Americans excluded from the 2020 Census; we take a look at how Trump’s energy policies could hurt the sector’s biggest jobs creator; plus how overturning online privacy rules may especially impact immigrants.

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Public News Service - NY: Disabilities

The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday. (Lawrence Jackson/whitehouse.gov)

NEW YORK – New York's advocates for people with disabilities say proposed cuts to Medicaid would force many of them into institutional care. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce Medicaid by $880 billion over ten years

Repealing the ACA could result in eliminating benefits such as rehabilitation therapy. (Roger Mommaerts/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Advocates for people with disabilities say dismantling the Affordable Care Act would be catastrophic for them. Repealing the ACA would turn back the clock on progress toward increasing independence and opportunities for this population over the last quarter-century, said Susan Dooha, exe

Zoran Teodorvic was housed in the mental observation unit of Westchester County Jail. (Family of Teodorovic)

NEW YORK – A lawsuit over the death of a mentally ill man beaten by corrections officers in Westchester County 16 years ago still is making its way through the courts. Zoran Teodorovic was being held on a misdemeanor trespassing charge when guards beat him at the Westchester County jail. Fou

Improved access to CTE programs could raise graduation rates for students with disabilities in New York state, according to a new report. (Hugo/Commons)

NEW YORK - More students with disabilities could graduate from high school-level programs if state policymakers would maximize access to career and trade education, according to a new report. Last year, fewer than 50 percent of students with disabilities in New York state graduated from high school

Changing the ACA could limit access to health care for people with disabilities. (NPS Graphics/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Advocates for people with disabilities say they're worried about them losing health coverage and other necessities as power shifts in Washington. Though Republicans in Congress have voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health

Getting healthcare could become more challenging for some consumer groups, including people with disabilities, as big insurance companies continue to merge. (stevepb/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Consumer advocates are concerned that the proposed merger of two major health insurance companies could raise premiums and reduce access to doctors. Anthem, which owns Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, wants to acquire Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. The resulting company w

Just over 80 percent of New York City subway stations are not wheelchair accessible. (Harrison Leong/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 26 years old this summer, but advocates for people with disabilities say New York City is way behind the rest of the country in complying with the law. There are almost 900,000 people with disabilities living in the city, but Susan Dooha,

Online accessibility issues kept Eva Eason from updating her voter information by herself. (ACLU)

NEW YORK – New York's online voter-registration system doesn't work for people who are blind, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. States are required by law to meet standards of accessibility and confidentiality for services such as online voter registration. Susan Dooha, executive direct

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