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PNS Daily News - May 22, 2017 


Today’s news highlights several issues: a new era in U.S. – Arab relations? The Catholic church commits to major fossil fuel divestment before G-7 meetings. And some farmers are accused of using immigration threats to discourage legal claims.

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Public News Service - VA: Senior Issues

The healthcare bill passed in the U.S. House repeals protections for people with preexisting conditions, and rules against annual and lifetime coverage limits. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – The healthcare bill just passed by Republicans in the U.S. House is facing opposition from groups representing doctors, hospitals and seniors. The American Medical Association, American Hospital Association and AARP all are sharply criticizing the revised American Health Care

Social Security took American seniors from being the highest poverty age group to one of the most secure.(Social Security Works)

RICHMOND, Va. -- A proposal to change how Social Security is funded is being attacked as a sneaky way of undermining the program. The Trump administration is floating what's been described as a trial balloon - end the separate payroll taxes deducted for Social Security and replace them with genera

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

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

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

The organizers hope this debate watch party in Richmond sparks an open, constructive discussion about the future of Social Security. (AARP Virginia)

RICHMOND, Va. - A debate watch party tonight in Richmond is intended as a chance for folks to set aside the bitter taste of the election, and organizers hope it'll help spotlight an issue they say needs bipartisan attention. AARP Virginia is sponsoring the watch party at Baja Bean Co. on West Main

Social Security is 81 years old, and AARP Virginia is taking the opportunity to remind folks about why the program is important. (AARP)

RICHMOND, Va. - It's Social Security's birthday, and some program supporters are using the anniversary to remind the public why it's so important. FDR signed Social Security into law in August of 1935. Since then, it's been vital to people like Yvonne Staton of Lorton. After working two decades for

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