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: Senior Issues

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

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

Home attendants say they are penalized if they refuse to work 24-hour shifts. (Leif Skoogfors/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Home attendants who work 24-hour shifts caring for elderly New Yorkers say they deserve to be paid for all the hours they're on the job, and some are filing a lawsuit about it. Some of the workers at the First Chinese Presbyterian Community Affairs Home Attendant Corporation have pu

Without action on Social Security, a report says, poverty among New York seniors could rise 63 percent. (Thomas E. Smith/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Social Security turned 81 years-old this week, but new analysis shows trouble ahead if national leaders don't act soon. The study by AARP said unless the president and Congress strengthen the Social Security trust fund, New Yorkers paying into the system now could see across-the-board cut

Case managers and home-care services help seniors live independently longer. (Sigismund von Dobschütz/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – New York City's new budget cuts funding for services critical to seniors. Despite an overall $400 million increase in spending, the 2017 budget approved by the City Council on Tuesday cuts senior home care services by $2.2 million, or about 50 percent, and senior case management b

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