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PNS Daily News - March 28, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues today including: word of a secret White House visit prompts calls for the House Intelligence chair to recuse himself from the Russia investigation; internet activity could be sold to the highest bidder under a bill up for a vote; and new research shows Uncle Sam is taking more from undocumented immigrants than the wealthy.

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Public News Service - VA: Health Issues

The Congressional Budget Office report indicates that the American Health Care Act could prompt another health-insurance crisis in the U.S. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

RICHMOND, Va. – Despite repeated promises that the replacement for Obamacare would be better, groups digging into the official projections say they show the replacement legislation puts the country back where it was before reform. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the GOP plan to

AARP is voicing concerns that the American Health Care Act now in Congress would significantly raise health-insurance costs for people in their 50s and 60s. (Architect of the Capitol)

RICHMOND, Va. – Attacking what it calls an age tax and saying it undermines Medicare, AARP is coming out strongly against the GOP's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. The main proposal to replace Obamacare would allow insurance companies to charge people in their 50s and 60s much more

Shifting Medicaid costs from the federal government to states like Virginia, where the budget is already tight, could mean fewer children are covered. (David Ragusa/Barn Images)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Advocates say that the changes to Medicaid that are part of the proposed Obamacare repeal would likely damage health programs for Virginia children. One part of the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would cut the federal Medicaid budget and turn funding into fixed, per c

Heart-attack survivor Shane Mandel says more research can help other folks avoid what he's gone through. (American Heart Assn./YouTube)

RICHMOND, Va. – By 2035, nearly half of all Americans will have cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. In a new projection released on Valentine's Day, the group says it expects broken hearts to cost the nation and its medical system a trillion dollars a year at t

Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn is sponsoring legislation to permit full-year prescriptions for birth control pills. (The Office of Del. Filler-Corn)

RICHMOND, Va. – As the General Assembly enters its final stretch, two bills dealing with reproductive issues still have a chance of passing. One would end state funding for Planned Parenthood. It resembles similar anti-abortion legislation in Congress and other state capitols. Margie Del C

Advocates say they hope cases such as the death of Jamycheal Mitchell will push the General Assembly to reform the state's mental-health system. (Facebook/the Mitchell family)

RICHMOND, Va. -- It's been a long time coming, but advocates in Virginia hope the time is ripe for mental health reform at the General Assembly. The shooting at Virginia Tech, the assault and suicide by the son of state Sen. Creigh Deeds and the death of Jamycheal Mitchell in jail - a series of tr

Matt Brown was born with heart defects, but his family says medical research has meant he can climb to the top of the steps featured in the movie

RICHMOND, Va. - Funding from the American Heart Association to study heart defects is doing a lot of good in Virginia, according to families and medical researchers. The Heart Association and the Children's Heart Foundation recently announced grants totaling more than $1 million for projects in sev

If you're curious about your brain, AARP Virginia has an event for you on Tuesday. (AARP)

RICHMOND, Va. -- If you have questions on your mind about your brain, AARP Virginia is hosting a tele-town hall Tuesday night with national neuroscience experts and thousands of your neighbors. The event, from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, will be formatted like a call-in radio show and the two doctors wil

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