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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


New Medicaid work requirements could leave many without coverage; we get perspective from Utah. Also on the rundown: a look at the impact of the Trump administrations efforts to erase references to climate change; and Reading Partners Baltimore inspires struggling readers.

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The U.S. Dept. of Labor wants to allow the sale of insurance plans that don't include the essential health benefits outlined in the Affordable Care Act. (paulbr75/Pixabayhospital)

NEW YORK -- The federal Department of Labor is proposing a rule that critics say would allow the sale of what some call "junk" health insurance. Published in the Federal Register last week, the rule would loosen restrictions on Association Health Plans, offered by professional groups or other asso

Medicaid cuts would endanger services on which people with disabilities rely to stay independent, advocates say. (CIDNY)

NEW YORK – A coalition of organizations is staging a day of action Wednesday to protest cuts to health care, social services and other programs under the Republican tax bills now making their way through Congress. The tax bills now in a House-Senate conference committee would slash taxes on

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

Nationwide, the bill would cut federal health care funding by $124 billion by 2026. (estableman/Pixabay)

NEW YORK -- Two Republican senators are working on a new bill to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, and analysts say it would hit New Yorkers hard. Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., reportedly are working with the White House on a bill that would cut Medicaid, institute a per cap

Smog causes hundreds of premature deaths nationally every year. (Robert Young/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Environmental and public health groups are breathing a sigh of relief that the Environmental Protection Agency will not postpone implementation of standards for smog-forming ozone. In June, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the standards, scheduled to go into effect on

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

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

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