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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


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Public News Service - TX: Senior Issues

People over 50 could see significant premium increases or benefit cuts in the latest version of the U.S. Senate’s plan to overhaul health insurance. (Hero/GettyImages)<br /><br />

AUSTIN, Texas – Advocates for Texas seniors warn that if the U.S. Senate passes the new health-care plan revealed on Thursday, it could be both a financial and health disaster for older Texans. AARP predicts the bill, which could be voted on as early as next week, would raise annual health p

Texas lawmakers are considering tougher penalties for nursing homes that violate state health and safety regulations. (TerryVine/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Legislature could soon approve a bill to correct dangerous conditions in many of the state's 1,200 nursing homes. Senate Bill 932, designed to close loopholes in regulations and strengthen penalties for bad actors, is awaiting a House vote after being approved by th

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

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

AARP Texas warns that the holidays are prime time for scam artists to target seniors for fraud and abuse. (highwaystarz/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – The holidays are a time of good feelings and generosity for many, but AARP warns that older Texans often are prime targets for fraud and abuse during the season. For many seniors, the holidays also can be times of loneliness and isolation, which can make them more vulnerable to

AARP Texas is helping older people avoid becoming victims of financial abuse by family members or others close to them. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – Becoming older often means needing help from others, but sometimes that help can turn to harm when someone close steals from the elderly. October is Elder Financial Exploitation Awareness Month, and groups including AARP Texas say it's a growing problem that affects the financi

A federal report says one in five Texas nursing-home residents is given antipsychotic drugs as a means of restraint. (TommL/iStockphoto)
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AUSTIN, Texas - Nursing homes in Texas are routinely over-medicating residents with strong antipsychotic drugs, according to federal data, and AARP Texas is pushing state regulators to end the practice. A report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in Texas, nursing-home resident

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