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PNS Daily News - July 25, 2017 


Another Obamacare repeal showdown expected in the Senate; the President’s son-in-law in the hot seat in the Russia probe; and a setback for federal immigration agents. We’re covering those stories and more on today’s rundown.

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Public News Service - OH: Senior Issues

A disconnect notice is not required to be eligible for summer cooling assistance through HEAP.<br />(noricum/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The sweltering heat in Ohio is underscoring the importance of cooling assistance for vulnerable populations. Low-income Ohioans with a documented medical condition or those 60 years of age and older can ask for help to stay cool through the Summer Crisis Program. Michele Luc

About 21,000 survivors of veterans receive VA benefits in Ohio. (DVIDSHUB/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the nation pauses this Memorial Day to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, veterans organizations say it's important also to remember those who are left behind. Cheryl Rawls, director of the Pension and Fiduciary Service with the Veterans Benefits Administra

Ratepayers could be asked to help an Ohio utility with the costs of its aging nuclear power plants. (lakecountyohio.org)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Opposition is mounting to a plan to charge Ohioans to bail out one company's aging nuclear power plants. Senate Bill 128 in the Ohio Legislature would add a charge to people's electric bills to subsidize plants owned by FirstEnergy, a company that provides power to about 2 millio

Ohio's Winter Crisis Program provides utility bill assistance to low-income and older Ohioans facing a disconnect notice. (Suzie Tremmel/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio's Winter Crisis Program just wrapped up what may be its final season. The program provides utility bill assistance to low-income and older Ohioans facing a disconnect notice. It's part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – one of the many programs o

Medicaid expansion in Ohio covers around 700,000 Ohioans, and Gov. Kasich's new biennial budget keeps it in place. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio lawmakers will soon begin discussions on Gov. John Kasich's new two-year budget proposal, and amid the hundreds of pages of details are what some call "important investments" in health and human services. One of the most notable is the continued funding of Medicaid expans

1.4 million Ohioans provide unpaid care for loved ones. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Governor John Kasich signed legislation on Monday that will help Ohioans who provide unpaid care to loved ones. The Ohio Caregiving Act ensures hospital patients' designated family caregivers will be given crucial guidance on home care instructions once their loved one is disc

The PUCO approved a First Energy rider for grid modernization that amounts to $204 million a year for three years. (Tom Taker/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some Ohio consumer groups are speaking out over what they call a "corporate bailout" for First Energy. This week, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved a rate increase for First Energy that amounts to $204 million a year for three years. While First Energy said the

A tax credit that helps seniors write some medical expenses off will expire in Jan. 2017 unless Congress acts. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Unless Congress takes action, Americans age 65-plus who need helping paying medical expenses will see a tax hike in 2017. A tax-deduction threshold for those with high healthcare costs is set to increase from 7.5 percent of income to 10 percent on January 1st, 2017. But the Senior

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