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PNS Daily News - June 28, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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Public News Service - PA: Health Issues

Drinking water for 63 percent of Pennsylvanians comes from sources that rely on small streams. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Trump administration has proposed repealing the Clean Water Rule, which protects the drinking water of one in three Americans. Enacted in 2015, the rule clarifies protections for headwaters, rain-fed and seasonal streams, and protects wetlands that are essential fish and wildl

A report says as many as 125,000 Pennsylvania children would lose Medicaid health coverage under the new Senate GOP plan. (Val Gempis/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The health-care bill unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday would be even worse for Pennsylvania than the House version, according to a new report. Research from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and Pennsylvania Health Access Network says cuts to Medicaid under

The majority of older Pennsylvanians want to live independently, at home, as they age. (Tunstall/Flickr)<br />

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania has made some improvements in meeting the long-term care needs of seniors and people with disabilities, but there's a long way to go, a new report says. A 2017 national scorecard from AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation ranks the Keystone State 36th

Congress is considering a bill (HR 1215) to make it harder for people to sue for medical negligence or malpractice. (Calleamanecer/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The U.S. House of Representatives could vote this week on a bill that opponents say would prevent people from seeking justice in court if they, or a family member, were injured or killed by a medical provider, drug or device. Known as the Protecting Access to Care Act, the

Critics of the AHCA claim it would put health insurance out of reach for many cancer patients and survivors. (Bill Branson/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Make health insurance equal to or better than it is today: That's the message Gov. Tom Wolf is being asked to deliver to federal lawmakers. A select group of governors is speaking with Senate leadership this week about the American Health Care Act, the bill passed by the House to

The 2008 Clean Indoor Air Act allows smoking in some bars and restaurants, private clubs and casinos. (DucDigital/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A bill has been introduced to eliminate exemptions in Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Law. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death nationwide, and every year secondhand smoke kills about 42,000 non-smokers nationally. Pennsylvania spends more than $6.3 billion ann

The American Health Care Act passed the U.S. House by a vote of 217 to 213. (USCapitol/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The American Health Care Act that passed the House on Thursday would still cost millions their health insurance. That's the assessment of its opponents. The vote was close, just 217 to 213. And despite promises to improve upon earlier versions that failed to come to a v

Inner-city children living near sources of air pollution have higher rates of asthma. (John Alexandrowicz/EPA)

PITTSBURGH – Tuesday is World Asthma Day and advocates are concerned that weakening clean-air rules and cutting EPA funding in Washington will make things worse. Pittsburgh ranks eighth on the American Lung Association's list of worst cities in the nation for air quality, and air pollution can

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