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    PNS Weekend Update - March 28, 20150 


    A variety of issues on our weekend rundown including; gas pipelines down south clogged up by legal delays; the latest CDC anti-smoking campaign puts a bull’s-eye on e-cigarettes; and the focus is on inclusion during National Developmental Disabilities Month.

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PHOTO: With tens of thousands of Iowans living with a developmental disability, the push is on to make sure that communities statewide are welcoming and inclusive and services and supports are available. Photo credit: Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council.

DES MOINES, Iowa - March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and in Iowa the focus is on ways in which communities can welcome and include individuals with disabilities. The month was established in 1987 by President Reagan to ensure that everyone can lead productive lives and a ...Read More

PHOTO: Home health aides play a big support role for seniors who live at home. However, in New York, they're barred from performing many key nursing tasks. A proposal in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget would change that. Photo credit: Portaldelsur ES/CC

NEW YORK - Home health aides play a big role in providing support to seniors who live at home, but in New York they're barred from performing some key health care tasks. A proposal in Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget would change that, allowing home health aides to administer eyedrops, change catheter ...Read More

PHOTO: Special enrollment is still available for thousands in the Bay State to get care under the Affordable Care Act, but they need to act soon. Courtesy: Health Care For All

BOSTON - It's true the door shut on the second open enrollment period for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but advocates say there are still opportunities for thousands in the Bay State to get covered. Senior policy analyst at Health Care For All Suzanne Curry says special enrollment i ...Read More

PHOTO: Students attended an assistive technologies workshop at the Denver Public Library recently where they learned how smart tablets apps can help people with learning disabilities. Photo credit: Beau Giles/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - If your child learns differently and is struggling in school, there may be an app for that. Students with learning disabilities attended a workshop at the Denver Public Library recently where they discovered how tools like audio books can help people with dyslexia. Sally Pistilli, parent ...Read More

PHOTO: A committee hearing is expected Tuesday in the North Dakota Senate on a bill providing support for the state's nearly 110,000 unpaid family caregivers. Photo credit: AARP.

BISMARCK, N.D. - Supporters of a bill that seeks to provide some assistance for North Dakota's thousands of unpaid family caregivers are hoping that the legislation will be restored when it comes before a Senate committee Tuesday morning. The CARE Act already has been approved by the House, but Jos ...Read More

PHOTO: A landmark new bill in Congress would allow doctors and patients to participate in state medical marijuana programs like the one in New York without violating federal laws. But not all pot reformers are behind it. Photo credit: Dominic Simpson/Flickr

NEW YORK - A new bill in Congress would allow doctors and patients to participate in state medical marijuana programs like the one in New York without violating federal laws. But not all pot reformers are behind it. Chris Goldstein, regional chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Ma ...Read More

GRAPHIC: This is Spread the Word to End the Word day, an effort to get all people to stop using the word "retarded." Graphic courtesy of Special Olympics.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents across Iowa and the nation are being asked to take time today to stop and think about how their words may disparage others - whether that is the intent or not. This is "Spread the Word to End the Word" day, when people are asked to remove the word "retarded" from their v ...Read More

PHOTO: A first committee hearing is set for today in the Minnesota Senate on a bill aiming to better support family caregivers as they help seniors stay at home and independent. Photo credit: AARP.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bipartisan effort to provide more support for the state's many family caregivers is moving ahead at the state Capitol, with the bill getting its first committee hearing in the Minnesota Senate today. Its author in the Senate, state Sen. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, said the CARE ...Read More

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