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 - OH: Senior Issues

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

New AARP Ohio state director Barbara Sykes says she's made advocating for the needs of Ohioans her life work. (AARP Ohio)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – She's blazed trails in the public and social service sector in Ohio, and now former state Rep. Barbara Sykes is ready to lead Ohio's 50-plus set. As she begins work today as state director for AARP Ohio, Sykes hopes to enhance the work the organization does to ensure older O

About two-thirds of likely Ohio women voters age 50 and older think the next president needs to move swiftly to update Social Security. (DonkeyHotey/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Social Security turned 81 this week, and a new poll suggests some Ohio women are concerned about how many more birthdays the program will mark. In the AARP survey of likely female Ohio voters age 50 plus, about two-thirds believe the next president and Congress need to act q

Social Security benefits faces solvency challenges as baby boomers hit retirement. (AFGE/Flickr)

CLEVELAND -- "Make America Work Again" was the theme on day two of the RNC in Cleveland. Yet some advocacy organizations say there's not enough talk about giving workers the benefits they've earned. More than 60 million retirees and individuals with disabilities receive Social Security benefits, a

The HEAP Summer Crisis Program offers cooling assistance in the payment of an electric bill and/or an air conditioner or fan. (liz west/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It's been a sizzling start to summer, but some vulnerable Ohioans can get financial help to beat the heat. The state's Summer Crisis Program through the Home Energy Assistance Program offers assistance in the payment of an electric bill and/or an air conditioner or fan. To

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