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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Welfare Reform

Integrating dental care at the same sites as people get medical care is one idea that could make Kentucky's Medicaid program work more efficiently. (Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A broad cross-section of people who are interested in how Kentucky will implement changes to its Medicaid program have spoken - and their ideas are now being made public. Nearly 130 stakeholders were brought together earlier this month by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Acc ...Read More

Two new reports show what it takes for Wyoming families to get by without public or private assistance. (Wyoming Women's Foundation)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Two new reports released today by the Wyoming Women's Foundation show what it takes for families to get by without public or private assistance, and how to achieve economic security. The first report calculates a Self-Sufficiency Standard for each county based on "bare bones" bud ...Read More

Advocates for Minnesota's aging population and health care groups are urging House lawmakers to pass a paid family medical leave bill that has already sailed through the Senate. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Just days after rallying at the State Capitol, caregivers continue their push to urge Minnesota lawmakers to approve paid family medical leave. The Democrat-controlled Senate has passed a bill to do just that, so caregivers say they're now focusing on House lawmakers as the ...Read More

The Connecticut State Capitol building where legislators passed new state budget cuts of $233.6 million from critical programs for children and families. (John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The budget passed by the legislature cuts investment in children and families, undermines transparency and jeopardizes future prosperity; that's the assessment of a leading child-advocacy organization. Ellen Shemitz, executive director of Connecticut Voices for Children, says o ...Read More

As Minnesota faces a community care staffing shortage, advocacy groups say a state pay raise could help attract more workers to the field. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a serious workforce shortage expected to worsen, home care providers are pushing state lawmakers to increase pay for tens of thousands of Minnesota caregivers. The home care providers say a 5 percent pay boost for caregivers, many of whom make just above minimum wage, ...Read More

People are encouraged to leave nonperishable foods next to their mailbox this coming Saturday. (USPS)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Mark your calendar and start putting aside nonperishable food items. This Saturday, U.S. postal workers will be making the rounds, collecting food donations for needy families. The 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger event, held on the second Saturday in May, will take place in 10,000 cit ...Read More

Native American children with special needs in South Dakota are for the most part receiving the same access to care as their non-native counterparts, according to new data. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Native American children with special needs in South Dakota are largely faring as well as their non-native counterparts, according to a new report. But the data in the latest South Dakota Kids Count issue brief show there's room for improvement. Lisa Sanderson, associate director ...Read More

As the Illinois budget impasse drags on, a group of activists releases its own budget plan, which the group says would put

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A group of Illinois urban and rural public-policy activists holds a protest in Chicago today, to unveil what it calls a "People and Planet First Budget." Illinois is the only state operating without a budget for the current year. The activist group Fair Economy Illinois argu ...Read More

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