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    PNS Daily News - February 8, 20160 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast including: the presidential hopefuls eye New Hampshire; how the nation’s two-tiered justice system is benefiting corporations; and gun control laws in Maryland in limbo after an appeals court decision.

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The American Heart Association is hosting several events in Sioux Falls to bring awareness to women's heart health issues. (iStockphoto)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - February is American Heart Month, and the goal is to help raise awareness of heart health. The American Heart Association is asking people to support its "Go Red For Women" campaign by participating in today's National Wear Red Day event. Chrissy Meyer, communications director ...Read More

States that expanded Medicaid had greatly reduced rates of uninsured workers, while states that did not, such as Missouri, showed half as much progress. (familiesusa.org)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A report released this week by Families USA shows states that expanded Medicaid had, on average, a 25 percent reduction in the rate of uninsured workers. But since Missouri was one of eight states that has not expanded Medicaid since 2014, the decline was only 13 percent. Dee ...Read More

Colorado ranks 46th in the nation connecting struggling families with food stamps, leaving more than $680 million in grocery sales on the table annually. (Hunger Free Colorado)

DENVER – People are at their best when they have enough to eat, but one in seven Coloradans still doesn’t know when or where to get a next meal. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, was created to help struggling families buy groceries. ...Read More

According to the American Heart Association, one-in-three women will die of heart disease, about 46 women in Michigan each day. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Michiganders are reminded to keep hearts on their minds as February begins, and not just the Valentine kind. It's American Heart Month, an annual observance to bring awareness to cardiovascular disease, the nation's number one killer. Anna Pitt of Hemlock says she's lucky to be a ...Read More

Some defendants have waited more than a year in jail for court ordered treatment. (Jumilla/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania has agreed to make sweeping changes in the delivery of mental health services to mentally ill persons facing criminal charges. The agreement, approved Wednesday, settles a federal class action lawsuit filed last October on behalf of hundreds of criminal defenda ...Read More

A debate over a universal health care ballot initiative took place in the heart of ski country on Tuesday. (Jean-Marie Guyon/iStockphoto)

DENVER - The debate on whether or not Colorado should opt out of the Affordable Care Act made its way to Frisco yesterday. State Senators Irene Aguilar (D-Denver) and Jeanne Nicholson (D-Georgetown) attended a community forum on ColoradoCare, a ballot initiative proponents say would give all reside ...Read More

Arizona residents can get free, in-person help signing up for health insurance coverage before the Sunday deadline at coveraz.org/connector. (HealthCare.gov)

PHOENIX - People who are uninsured and have not signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act have until this Sunday to enroll. Information and registration for the health insurance marketplace, also known as 'Obamacare,' is available on healthcare.gov, but Arizonans can also get free ...Read More

Backers of Oregon's Gatekeeper program say it saves the state money by training volunteers to look in on elderly Oregonians and those with disabilities. But state lawmakers cancelled its funding in 2015. (Store to Door)

SALEM, Ore. – Backers of a program that trains folks to be observant in their dealings with isolated Oregonians across the state want the Legislature to restore the program's funding. Gatekeepers are often delivery drivers, meter readers and bank tellers who interact with older or homebound ...Read More

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