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PNS Daily News - May 30, 2017 


We’re featuring several stories in today’s news including: Are Trump’s proposed SNAP cuts fake math? Hospital mergers are questioned around the U.S. And a native Alaskan tribe seeks help to protect sacred lands.

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Public News Service - NY: Senior Issues

There are 2.7 million LGBT Americans aged 50 and older. (U.S. Department of the Interior/Flickr)

NEW YORK – With LGBT Pride celebrations just around the corner, a new report shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults are facing unique challenges as they grow older. From the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to the recognition of same-sex marriage, recent years have brought tr

Nearly 83 percent of SNAP households have children, seniors or people with disabilities. (USDA/Flickr)

NEW YORK - President Trump's budget, according to many advocates for the poor, would make Americans weaker, sicker and hungrier. The $4.1 trillion budget boosts military spending and doles out huge tax breaks, paid for by cuts to programs om which millions of low-income Americans rely to survive. A

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.

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

President Trump's preliminary budget proposal trims $200 million from the WIC program, a nutrition program for low-income mothers and children. (USDA/Flickr)

NEW YORK - President Trump's proposed budget is being called a "war on people in poverty" by some in New York. The administration's spending plan would slash the U.S. Department of Agriculture by $4.7 billion, a 21 percent cut. By cutting or eliminating programs that help poor and middle-income rur

Cuts in funding could force 65 senior centers to close in New York City. (Bill de Blasio/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Advocates for older New Yorkers are calling on state legislators to restore funds for New York City senior centers cut from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget. In his State of the State address, the governor announced he would make New York the first age-friendly state in the nat

Most New York Gen Xers and Baby Boomers say they haven't planned a retirement budget, and aren't even sure they'll be able to retire.  (Alex_Koch/Pixabay)

NEW YORK - Gen Xers and Baby Boomers in New York are worried that they may never be able to retire, and that could influence their decisions at the polls next week. The most recent statewide survey found that New Yorkers ages 35 to 70 are having trouble making ends meet. Sixty percent fear they won

More than half of Long Islanders over age 50 have said they're worried about being able to pay their utility bills. (Garry Knight/Flickr)<br />

ALBANY, N.Y. – Long Island residents soon could see a big bump up in their natural gas bills, but consumer advocates say that will strain tight budgets for older and low-income New Yorkers. The Public Service Commission is considering a request from National Grid for a 24 percent hike in gas d

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