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PNS Daily News - April 26, 2017 


Among the stories we are featuring today: National monuments at risk under an expected executive order; the latest on negotiations to avoid a government shutdown; and attempts to overturn Citizens United ramp up.

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Public News Service - TN: Health Issues

Tennessee is one of five states that doesn't require insurers to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA), a common and proven treatment for autism spectrum disorders. (MamiGibbs/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A bill that would have required Tennessee health insurers to cover approved autism therapies stalled in a legislative committee, just as Autism Awareness Month begins nationwide. Tennessee is one of only five states in the country that doesn't require coverage for applied

The Congressional Budget Office, in its report released Monday, predicts higher premiums for older Americans, and research from AARP supports that finding. (pixxiestails/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Twenty-four million people by 2026. That's the estimate given by the estimate given by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office of how many people would lose health coverage if the American Health Care Act is passed and signed into law. The report points out the AHCA al

Legislation in the Tennessee State Assembly would allow trained caregivers to perform simple health-maintenance tasks, such as administering medicine to in-home patients. (A./Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As it now stands in Tennessee, only a registered nurse can provide basic health care to in-home patients. While the law may sound logical on paper, state Rep. Darren Jernigan, D-Nashville, said he experienced firsthand how that requirement may complicate things for patients

The Tennessee Fire Marshal recommends users of medical oxygen place signage in and outside of their homes to prevent accidental exposure to flame or heat. (Jason Eppink/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For thousands of Tennesseans with medical issues like COPD or cancer, using a medical oxygen tank is necessary for survival. But according to the State Fire Marshal, a lack of safety precautions when using supplemental air resulted in six fire-related deaths in 2016 and more than

The Tennessee Medical Association recommends the federal government work to improve the existing Affordable Care Act instead of repealing it. (Jason/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act. As discussions about the future of the ACA continue at the national and state levels, the Tennessee Medical Association is weighing in on how to improve the quality of health care. The TMA has released new recommendations for ho

Clean Air Moms Action purchased television ads opposing the nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This week, the Trump administration is working to get its remaining Cabinet members confirmed by the U.S. Senate, including his pick to lead the EPA. Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt, has filed or joined several lawsuits to block EPA regulations, and that's prompti

Smoke is reported across the state and can even be seen on satellite photos. (National Weather Service)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Most of the state is now in a Code Orange health advisory, designating the air quality unhealthy for sensitive or at-risk groups. More than 13,000 acres of land in Tennessee are in flames, as a result of an estimated 74 active fires impacting the state. Smoke from the wildfi

The 3-Star Health Plan would offer employment services for those battling mental health issues. (clarita/morguefile.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee state lawmakers who return to Nashville after the presidential election are expected to take up the issue of the 3-Star Health Plan put together by a task force earlier this year. In addition to providing health coverage to people in the state currently ineli

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