PNS Daily News - Monday, March 27, 2017 

Hundreds detained in Russian corruption protests; with the ACA repeal quashed, physicians promote Medicare for all; and the solitary confinement of juveniles in Tennessee blocked by a federal judge. Those stories and more in today’s rundown.

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Reining in the cost of prescription drugs is one way to reduce Medicare costs, according to AARP. (USMC/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Switching Medicare to a voucher system would put health care out of reach for many Pennsylvania seniors, according AARP and other advocates for seniors. Some members of Congress have proposed replacing Medicare's guaranteed benefits with a voucher system to reduce costs, gi

More than half of private-sector workers have no access to a retirement savings plan through their workplace. (401(K)2012/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The U.S. Senate is now considering bills that could overturn rules clarifying how states and cities can help millions of private-sector workers save for retirement. More than half of American workers don't have access to a company pension plan at work. So, the Obama administ

Asking questions and suggesting alternatives helps older relatives maintain independence. (

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Family gatherings over the holidays are a chance to relax and share, but they can also be an important opportunity to start conversations about caregiving. Older adults in the family may need more help than they used to, but talking with them about serious topics like safe dr

Medicare recipients may save hundreds by switching medical or prescription plans. (Money Images/

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Medicare's annual open enrollment period is under way, a time for recipients to look at their options for medical and prescription drug plan coverage for the coming year. Pennsylvanians on Medicare have until Dec. 7 to decide to keep their current coverage or make changes.

A new report says Pennsylvania's proposed pension bill would likely increase costs more than its projected savings. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – No savings for the state, but big cuts for retirees. Those are the findings of a report on proposed state pension reforms. The report from the Keystone Research Center says the "three-way hybrid" reform being proposed by Republican lawmakers would not save the state any mone

Without action, Social Security benefits could be cut 25 percent by 2034. (401(K)2012/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – With the threat of huge cuts in Social Security benefits in the future, some voters are asking what plans the presidential candidates have to update the system. The latest report by the Social Security trustees estimates that, if nothing is done, benefits could be cut by 25

Prescription drug prices have increased six times faster than inflation. (Alcibiades/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Prescription costs are going up fast, but help is available for low-income seniors. A recent AARP study found the retail price of prescription drugs has risen six times faster than inflation over the past ten years. Bill Johnston-Walsh, state director of AARP Pennsylvania,

Filing income-tax forms early can help protect against fraud. (Ken Teegardin/

HARRISBURG, Pa. - With the deadline to file income tax forms coming up, Pennsylvanians are being warned to guard against fraud and identity theft. Taxes are due on April 18 this year, and thieves already are preying on unsuspecting taxpayers in a variety of ways. Bill Johnston-Walsh, director of AA

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