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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 


The funding stumble in Congress deepens the crisis for health centers; also on our nationwide rundown; we will let you know about concerns over possible "gifts" to payday lenders; and a new survey provides alarming numbers about young people and homelessness.

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Public News Service - PA: Poverty Issues

Studies show that SNAP benefits help families purchase healthier diets. (TeroVesalainen/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report links access to SNAP benefits to improved health and lower health care costs. The paper, published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, compiles studies of the health status of low-income people who receive assistance through the Supplemental Nutritio

Education Savings Accounts would give public education money to families to pay private school tuition. (Jason Pope/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Education advocates say bills pending in the General Assembly to create Education Savings Accounts would further defund public education in the state. Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 1717 would allow parents to pay private school tuition with public money. The stated goal is

Almost 9 million children and 370,000 pregnant women nationwide are covered by CHIP. (Eloisa/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program - but without congressional action, it could be the last. Federal funding for the program that insures almost nine million children nationwide expired on October 1. But despite broad,

Nationally more than 1 million African-Americans live within half a mile of existing natural gas facilities. (dbchandler/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – A new report shows that pollution from oil and gas facilities in Pennsylvania and nationwide is disproportionately harming African-American communities. The report, "Fumes Across the Fence-Line," documents health impacts of living near oil and gas pollution, including increase

Senate GOP leadership wants to bring the tax-reform bill to a vote this week. (Scrumshus/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – New Numbers from the Congressional Budget Office show poor Americans would be hurt even more by the Senate GOP tax plan than originally forecast. The CBO found that those with earnings of more than $100,000 would do quite well. But by 2019, Americans earning less than $30,0

Open enrollment ends Dec. 7 for Medicare and Dec. 15 for marketplace insurance. (Rhoda Baer/PA AARPWikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvanians young and old have just a few weeks to make some important decisions on their health insurance options. About 675,000 Pennsylvanians still have no health insurance. For those over 65, open enrollment for Medicare ends on December 7, and for younger people, op

The Weatherization Assistance Program saves households an average of $283 per year. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With cold weather on the way, programs that help low-income Pennsylvanians keep warm are still in jeopardy in Washington. The federal Department of Health and Human Services has begun distributing funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the 2018 fiscal year.

A new report says greater investment in high-quality, publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs would help ensure children's later school success. (26057/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - There are wide and persistent disparities in opportunities for African-American and Latino children in Pennsylvania, according to a new report. The 2017 "Race for Results" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that white children in Pennsylvania ranked 20th in an index b

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