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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - PA: Health Issues

One executive order allows the creation of insurance plans that don't provide essential benefits required by the Affordable Care Act. (White House)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Fiscal analysts say President Donald Trump's actions to undermine the Affordable Care Act put health insurance at risk for 400,000 Pennsylvanians. First, the President ordered federal agencies to allow insurance policies that don't meet ACA requirements for covering essential ca

The goal of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce carbon pollution 32 percent over 2005 levels by 2030. (1238720/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Environmental and health advocacy groups say the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan will threaten Americans' health and worsen the climate. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a proposed rule on Tuesday that would do away with the regul

Analysts say the House budget cuts $5.8 trillion from Medicare, Medicaid, education and other public services over 10 years. (MotionStudios/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA -- Labor leaders say the House budget resolution that was passed last week would give huge tax breaks to the rich by cutting programs that help the poor and middle class. The Republican budget would cut almost $6 trillion from Medicare, Medicaid, education, infrastructure and other cr

The EPA was required to start designating areas that need to cut ozone pollution on Oct. 1. (Foto-Rabe/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A coalition of environmental and health groups has put the Environmental Protection Agency on notice that it needs to implement more protective clean air standards now. New health standards for smog-forming ozone pollution were developed in 2015. The EPA on Sunday was required t

Even 37 percent of smokers in Pennsylvania told pollsters they'd favor smoke-free workplace laws. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - More than two-thirds of Pennsylvania voters favor passing a law that would prohibit smoking inside all workplaces in the state, according to a new poll from Breathe Free Pennsylvania. In the survey, 69 percent of voters said they support legislation to close loopholes in the state

Some faith groups say a state budget measure would threaten Pennsylvania's environment and health.<br />(Hamed Saber/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Some Pennsylvania faith leaders are asking state lawmakers to keep the future of the state's health and environment out of industry hands. A version of the budget passed by the state Senate includes House Bill 542, which opponents say would shred important air and water safeguards

Advocates say failure to renew the programs could force rural hospitals to cut services or close. (Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As many as 25 rural hospitals in Pennsylvania could be in trouble if Congress doesn't act. Two programs that boost Medicare payments to rural hospitals will expire at the end of this month if they are not renewed or replaced. Hospitals in isolated areas often serve lower nu

Smoking-related illness adds $6.3 Billion to Pennsylvania health-care costs annually. (realworkhard/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania has made some progress in its efforts to reduce cancer risks and deaths, but a new report says the state could do more. Tobacco still is the leading cause of preventable cancer in the state, accounting for almost 28 percent of cancer deaths and more than $6.3 b

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