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PNS Daily News - Monday, March 27, 2017 


Hundreds detained in Russian corruption protests; with the ACA repeal quashed, physicians promote Medicare for all; and the solitary confinement of juveniles in Tennessee blocked by a federal judge. Those stories and more in today’s rundown.

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Public News Service - TX: Consumer 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'

A coalition of legal and civil-rights groups will continue a court fight against the Texas Voter ID Law, despite the Department of Justice dropping its support for the case. (Pietruzka/iStockphoto)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The U.S. Department of Justice, now under the Trump administration, has informed a federal judge that it will no longer support plaintiffs in their case challenging the Texas Voter ID Law. The plaintiffs, a coalition of legal and civil-rights groups, seek to prove that

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

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 report by the American Lung Association gives Texas failing grades when it comes to programs to help people stop smoking. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – The American Lung Association has released its 2016 report card on the state of tobacco control, and Texas received failing grades across the board. The report gave the Lone Star State an 'F' in all five categories: tobacco prevention and cessation funding, smoke-free air, to

A visit to the doctor’s office could become too expensive for millions of Texans if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act without an adequate plan to replace it. (bowdenimages/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Congress has set in motion what it says is a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But what could happen in Texas if the plan is only repealed? One study projects that ending Obamacare without immediately enacting an equivalent plan would result in 2.6 million T

Children’s advocates say all-day pre-kindergarten programs give Texas children a significant advantage when they begin school. (Children's Defense Fund-Texas)

AUSTIN, Texas – Children's advocates are aiming to convince the Texas Legislature to fund all-day pre-kindergarten classes in the 2018-2019 budget and beyond. The Children's Defense Fund-Texas and others hold a roundtable discussion in Austin Friday, to share reasons to permanently fund what

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