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    PNS Daily News - June 24, 20160 


    In our wrap-up of today’s top news, Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union, the Supreme Court issues major rulings on immigration and affirmative action, and the world’s biggest swimming lesson aims at preventing drowning.

Welfare Reform

Raising SNAP or food-stamp benefits would lead to healthier diets for low-income families, according to a new report. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Giving low-income families a little more money to spend on food would lead to healthier meals and free up funds for other necessities such as housing and transportation, according to new research. Increasing SNAP or food-stamp benefits by $30 per person per month also would help families ...Read More

South Dakota is making improvements in children's well-being, but researchers say the state could do better by its low-income families. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S. D. – When it comes to children's well-being, South Dakota is doing better than most other states, but researchers say there's still work to do. The latest national Kids Count Data Book ranks South Dakota 14th in the nation, up four spots from the year before. The numbers show the ...Read More

New numbers show Illinois lags behind most of the country in providing free or reduced cost summer meals for children from lower-income families. (Illinois State Board of Education)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – About a third of all children in Illinois don't know where their next meal is coming from, and a new report says very few low-income children will be getting the food they need during the summer. The report, "Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation," says last year, only 1 in 7 lo ...Read More

A new analysis shows long-term care for Washington's aging population could cost $6.3 billion by 2030. (Pixabay)

Olympia, WA - A report released today (Monday) outlines some of the roadblocks Washington state faces for funding long-term care for its growing number of older residents. It coincides with a rally at the state Capitol, where speakers will discuss options for funding senior services in the future. C ...Read More

New research shows that states that have expanded Medicaid coverage are seeing financial and health benefits across their health care systems. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Unlike South Dakota, states that have expanded Medicaid coverage are seeing benefits across their health care systems, according to a new report. After looking at safety net hospitals and clinics in seven states, researchers at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Familie ...Read More

A new law designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of food assistance in Colorado was signed last week by Gov. John Hickenlooper. (Hunger Free Colorado)

DENVER – Struggling Coloradans could face fewer barriers to accessing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Gov. John Hickenlooper last week signed a legislation designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the SNAP program and other ...Read More

A new report from disability-rights advocates say Illinois new overtime cuts are limiting the independence and health-care options of those who rely on home-care services. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New research shows people with disabilities and the people hired to care for them are facing problems due to Gov. Bruce Rauner's new overtime policy for the Illinois' Home Services Program. A group of disability advocates released a new report detailing how about 30,000 Illinoi ...Read More

Doctor shortages are just one challenge facing small-town hospitals, and one of the topics at Sen. Jon Tester's Rural Health Summit today in Ennis, Mont. (Machineheadz/iStockphoto)

ENNIS, Mont. - Rural hospitals are the backbone of many small communities and experts say quite a few are in danger of closing if the government cuts reimbursements any further. That's one of the main topics at the Rural Health Summit today in the town of Ennis, southwest of Bozeman. Senator Jon ...Read More

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