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PNS Daily Newscast -May 25, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; a GOP candidate spends final night of his campaign allegedly “body slamming" a reporter; the CBO numbers are out and the latest version of the AHCA ends health coverage for 23 million Americans; and we take you to a township that aims to be carbon neutral by 2050.

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Public News Service - NY: Disabilities

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

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

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