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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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House Bill 59 would impose work requirements and premiums on Medicaid recipients in Pennsylvania. (Jason Burmeister/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Fiscal analysts say a bill that could pass the General Assembly this week would force some Pennsylvanians off Medicaid. An amendment buried in House Bill 59, one of the bills being considered to implement the state budget, would impose work requirements and add new premiums

Without heating assistance, people may turn to riskier ways of keeping warm. (Antonio Mette/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Responding to the threat of a cut at the federal level, Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services has proposed reducing the budget for home heating assistance. Calling it a "lower-impact program," President Trump wants to eliminate the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Prog

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

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

Under the new bill, a 40-year-old who had breast cancer would pay $32,740 a year more for insurance, analysts say. (Rhoda Baer/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Analysts say a new proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would dramatically raise costs for older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions. A new amendment by Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey is being touted as a compromise between moderate and far-right Repub

Hospitals must tell caregivers about discharge plans and give training for home care. (agilemktg1/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Family caregivers in Pennsylvania now can get critical assistance from hospitals to help loved ones who have medical needs stay at home. The CARE Act, signed into law a year ago, is now in effect. According to Estella Hyde, lead volunteer for AARP of Pennsylvania, for the

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