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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 - NY: Disabilities

People with disabilities and the elderly are more likely to be injured or die during emergencies. (skeeze/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Advocates for people with disabilities say the death of eight residents of a Florida nursing home that lost power shows the importance of better planning to help those with special needs during emergencies. Seniors and people with disabilities face disproportionately increased ris

Half of all yellow-medallion taxis in New York City must be wheelchair accessible by 2020. (Mr.choppers/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Advocates for people with disabilities want Uber to comply with the law by providing more vehicles that are wheelchair accessible. A coalition of groups in New York City has filed a class-action lawsuit against Uber, claiming that the ride-hailing company discriminates against people wit

Medicaid lists physical therapy as an “optional” service. (Roger Mommaerts/Flickr)

NEW YORK – As the U.S. Senate takes up its health care bill again this week, advocates for people with disabilities are concerned that cuts to Medicaid could limit benefits that provide critical care. The Republican Party’s plan unveiled before the July 4 recess would cut Medicaid fund

Airport attendants who assist people in wheelchairs say the wheelchairs often are not properly cleaned between passengers. (Daniel Lobo/Flickr)

NEW YORK -- Contracted workers at New York's LaGuardia and Philadelphia International Airports are demanding better treatment and recognition of their union. Airport attendants who help passengers in wheelchairs took their case to American Airlines executives at last week's shareholders meeting in

Almost 300,000 New Yorkers participate in Medicaid-funded home- and community-based services. (agilemktg1/Flickr)

NEW YORK – The GOP health bill now in the U.S. Senate would be especially harmful to seniors and people with disabilities, according to a new report. With the per-capita cap on Medicaid spending that would be imposed under the American Health Care Act, states would be forced to make cuts.

Almost 80 percent of New York City subway stations are not wheelchair accessible. (Jim Henderson/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority systematically excludes people with disabilities, according to a claim in two class-action lawsuits filed Tuesday. A coalition of disability-rights groups filed the lawsuits in state and federal court. They allege that the MTA's failu

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

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