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PNS Daily News - June 26, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s news including: it’s a key week for Republicans drumming up support for health care legislation; mayors from around the country speak out against Trump’s climate policies; and why some cattle producers have a beef with the USDA.

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Ohio schools receive more than $51 million in federal Medicaid funding to pay for health services such as speech therapy. (Lynne Featherstone/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – House Republicans this week may release a revised version of their health-care plan, which could jeopardize funding for school health services in Ohio. According to a report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Ohio schools receive more than $51 million in feder

Experts say nearly 50 genes have been linked to autism, and researchers hope to pinpoint more with the results of a new study. (Pixabay)

CINCINNATI – Just as Autism Awareness Month comes to a close, an Ohio hospital is helping to launch one of the biggest autism studies in U.S. history. The project is known as SPARK, and over the next three years, it will collect information and DNA from about 50,000 people with autism and th

Advocates say community-based supports help people with developmental disabilities live meaningful lives close to home. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A class-action lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Ohio and several agencies of failing some individuals with disabilities. The plaintiffs, including Disability Rights Ohio, argue that the way the state pays for services and treatment for people with intellectual and developmental disab

Some Ohio parents give up custody of their children with mental health needs in order to gain greater access to services. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Raising a child with more than one physical, mental, or behavioral issue is a daunting task, and some Ohio parents go to great lengths to give these multi-system youth the best shot at life. Dave Mohler adopted his grandson at age 11, who had multiple diagnoses. Mohler and his wif

Ohio is creating a special Medicaid Waiver Program for people with severe and persistent mental illness. (Lloyd Morgan/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Streamlined Medicaid eligibility will mean changes for some vulnerable Ohioans. Currently, people with severe and persistent mental illness who don't meet income guidelines for Medicaid can deduct medical expenses from their income in order to qualify. This "spend-down" eligibilit

Ohio has reduced the use of solitary confinement in their juvenile facilities. (KConnors/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio stands out as a leader in reducing the use of solitary confinement as punishment in youth correctional facilities. A survey from national law firm Lowenstein Sandler finds 10 other states still allow juvenile justice centers to use solitary confinement indefinitely to punish ch

PHOTO: A new report from AARP finds about 1.4 million family caregivers in Ohio provided nearly one million hours of unpaid care to their parents, spouses, partners and other adult loved ones in 2013. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than 1.4 million Ohioans spend their days – and nights – responding to the needs of an older loved one. A new report from AARP's Public Policy Institute highlights the struggles these family caregivers face. Beth Hargreaves of Youngstown cares for her aging m

PHOTO: There are efforts in Ohio to make this August the first ever  Autism Acceptance Month. Graphic courtesy of Autism Society of Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Autism is a reality of life for an estimated one in 68 people. And while annual observances such as Autism Awareness Month in April have increased recognition of the disease’s prevalence, some say better understanding also is needed. Andie Ryley, board chair of the A

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