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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2017 


GOP leaders reach an agreement on their tax bill, we have a report on the likely squeeze on state and local revenues; also on our nationwide rundown; should ex-felons have the right to vote or own guns? And we will clue you in on the most dangerous place to drive this holiday season.

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Public News Service - TN: Senior Issues

A higher percentage of people living with a disability live in Tennessee's rural areas, indicating the need for more transit options, according to an analysis by ThinkTennessee. (Steve Johnson, flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee skews older than the nation overall, and overall, the state's disability rates are higher in rural communities, according to Census data analyzed by the nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee. Shanna Hughey, the group’s president, says she hopes ThinkTenness

AARP and other groups call the American Health Care Act's provision that allows people over 50 to be charged more for health coverage an

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Analysts predict insurance premiums could go up by as much as $8,000 for people 50 and older under the American Health Care Act that will go before the U.S. Senate in the coming days. In addition to removing protections for people with pre-existing conditions, the bill would al

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

AARP Foundation is offering free tax preparation assistance through its Tax-Aide program across Tennessee beginning next week. (Tax/Flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tax season is upon us, and AARP of Tennessee is offering free tax assistance beginning next week as part of its Tax-Aide program. This season, nearly 400 volunteers will prepare taxes at 66 locations across Tennessee. Pam Holcombe, coordinator for the program in Tennessee,

Advocates for public transportation are urging Gov. Bill Haslam to make public transportation funding a part of his infrastructure plan this year. (Tennessee Public Transportation Association)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Transportation and infrastructure are areas of focus for Gov. Bill Haslam as he enters the new year, with the governor being quoted as saying he plans to unveil a plan for projects and funding. While work to the state's thousands of miles of roads is no doubt on the list,

Protect your Medicare number as you would your credit card number to prevent people from securing health care or medicine under your name. That's the advice from consumer advocates. (DarrenHester/morguefile.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Treat your Medicare number just like your Social Security number. That's the message from consumer advocates who warn that letting your number get in the wrong hands could open you up to risk of fraud. In the wrong hands, your card could be used by scammers to claim health bene

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