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PNS Daily News - June 27, 2017 


The GOP health plan would reportedly leave 22 million uninsured; part of the president’s travel ban unblocked; and the Feds agree to investigate ways to protect an endangered wild cat. Those stories and more coming up.

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Cancer survivor Rusty Williams credits the Affordable Care Act with saving his life. (Dan Heyman)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Folks who got healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act are closely watching as the new healthcare bill is drafted in the Senate - including some who say Obamacare saved their lives. The Senate "repeal and replace" legislation is still being negotiated behind closed doors,

Despite White House claims to the contrary, new analysis finds the budget for federal safety-net programs at a historic low. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

RICHMOND, Va. – Even a 25-percent cut to SNAP - enough to leave thousands more in Virginia hungry - can't make the White House budget math add up, according to a new analysis. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says President Donald Trump's first budget would slash the Supplemental N

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

Data from The Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that locking up juvenile offenders when they are not really a threat can change the young person for life. (Richard Ross/AECF)

RICHMOND, Va. – A program to help keep juvenile offenders out of pre-trial detention is showing big results for Virginia. The state and some local jurisdictions have worked with The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative since 2003. Beth Stinnett, program ma

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

The family of Jamycheal Mitchell say they have been gratified to see mental-health reforms move through the legislature this year. (the Mitchell family/Youtube)

RICHMOND, Va. -- The state's General Assembly has taken a number of steps to strengthen Virginia's mental health services. And the family of Jamycheal Mitchell has said it was deeply gratifying to see the reforms. Mitchell was the young mentally ill man who was arrested for stealing $5 worth of sn

Toney McNair, Virginia's 2017 Teacher of the Year, says state lawmakers could be doing more to help educators make a difference in the students' lives. (Virginia Education Assn.)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia's Teacher of the Year says connecting with students is a calling, even an assignment for him, and he says lawmakers should provide the resources needed to help. The General Assembly is debating Gov. Terry McAuliffe's budget plan, including the first statewide teacher p

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