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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - TX: Health Issues

Poor reimbursement rates have forced 16 rural hospitals in Texas to close their doors since 2013. (highwaystarz/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – A new report warns that rural hospitals in Texas could be hit hardest under a Congressional plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It found that proposed funding cuts to the Medicaid program, which already is operating at a minimal level in Texas, could force man

Help is available online for Texans who assist elderly family members or others with financial matters. (Highwaystarz/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Financial exploitation costs the elderly and their families more than $3 billion each year, and Texas advocates are working to help prevent thefts and scams. During National Consumer Protection Week, several groups are reaching out to help caregivers protect their loved ones'

AARP is pushing Congress to keep Medicare as it is for millions of American retirees. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – The Republican majority in Congress is considering major changes to Medicare that could bring financial hardships for many seniors. However, AARP Texas is planning a full-court press to make sure America's health plan for retirees remains the same and is not replaced by a syste

Advocates are pushing Texas lawmakers to restore Medicaid funding for children with disabilities. (jarenwicklund/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Budget cuts to the Texas Medicaid program have left many of the state's poorest children with little or no access to necessary health care, according to children's advocates. They say despite calls by some in the Texas Legislature to restore funding, the current Senate budget p

Texas lawmakers are considering improvements to the state’s mediation process for people who get “surprise bills” for out-of-network medical services. (lisafx/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas — It can be a major setback for Texas health care consumers: a surprise bill for thousands of dollars from a doctor who isn't in your insurance company's network. Texas lawmakers approved a mediation plan in 2015 to allow patients to negotiate those bills, but health care advocat

A new study shows that in states where same-sex marriage was legalized, fewer gay teenagers have attempted to take their own lives. (DoroO/iStockphoto)

HOUSTON – New research says state laws legalizing same-sex marriage have brought a reduction in suicide attempts among high-school students. The study particularly notes a decline in suicides among gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers in those states, prior to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling upho

Pro-choice protesters make their opinions known at a rally in front of the Texas state Capitol. (vichinterlang/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – A coalition of justice and reproductive rights groups aims to organize into a cohesive political movement the hundreds of thousands of Texans who protested at rallies last month. The groups have formed a campaign called Trust. Respect. Access. to pursue a reproductive health,

A new report by AARP Texas finds one in four nursing homes in the state has severe problems that jeopardize residents' health. (jacoblund/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – A new report on Texas nursing homes calls conditions in many of them "shamefully poor" and has AARP Texas working with lawmakers to make changes. The AARP report, "Intolerable Care," identifies severe problems in many facilities in Texas that need action by the Legislature to g

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