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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

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Medical aid-in-dying is currently available to more than one in five Americans. It is authorized in nine states, including Colorado, and the District of Columbia. (Pixabay)

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DENVER -- A new report suggests Colorado's medical aid-in-dying law, passed in 2016, is working as intended, by helping qualified terminally ill residents end their suffering. Sam DeWitt, southwest regional campaign and outreach manager for the group Compassion & Choices, noted data collected by th

Advocates say people with disabilities should be prioritized for vaccinations to prevent further damage due to increased isolation. (Pixabay)

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DENVER - People with disabilities in Colorado are among those at greatest risk of suffering from depression or other mental-health conditions during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Candie Burnham, executive director of the advocacy group Atlantis Community, said people with disabilities can experi

Fifty-four million Americans are projected to lack reliable access to nutritious food because of economic fallout from COVID-19 by year's end. (Pixabay)

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DENVER -- The Colorado Legislature has allocated an additional $5 million to help address an unprecedented rise in hunger across the state as part of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The state's food pantries and food banks have until this Sunday to apply for grants. Jason Harris

Nineteen advocacy groups filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging the Affordable Care Act be upheld, arguing it

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DENVER -- Advocates for people with disabilities are keeping a close eye on the U.S. Supreme Court as it considers a case calling for the elimination of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the court strikes down the health law, 20 million Americans, including at least 600,000 Coloradans, are projecte

The Help America Vote Act requires jurisdictions responsible for federal elections to provide reasonable accommodations for voters with disabilities, including allowing service animals at poll sites. (Pixabay)

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DENVER -- With the Nov. 3 presidential election just around the corner, Colorado's disability community is working to make sure all eligible voters will be able to cast ballots. Jennifer Levin, senior attorney for Disability Law Colorado said the safest way to vote during the health crisis is by ma

Currently 93,000 essential workers in Colorado get their health coverage through Medicaid. (Paul Sableman/Flickr)

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DENVER -- Medicaid rolls are expected to increase by 500,000 people in Colorado during the pandemic, which could wreak havoc on the state budget unless Congress approves additional relief. Adela Flores-Brennan, executive director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, said one in three Colorad

The ADA requires many employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and requires accessibility improvements in public spaces. (PEDS/Flickr)

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DENVER -- It's been 30 years since disability-rights activists saw President George H.W. Bush sign the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. The civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination based on ability. Christiano Sosa, executive director of The Arc of Colorado, said that what has com

At least 47% of private sector workers are currently excluded from accessing the emergency paid family and medical leave protections recently passed by Congress. (Pxhere)

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DENVER -- Longtime advocates of paid family leave and sick days for all Colorado workers are hoping state lawmakers see the coronavirus pandemic as a wake-up call. The vast majority of Coloradans don't have access to paid family or sick leave, making it hard for many workers to stay home if they,

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