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    PNS Daily News - August 31, 20150 


    Among the stories we are following; President Obama renames the nation’s tallest peak; officials close in on a guns in parks policy; the death penalty on trial in California; and how dropping your devices could get you a better night’s sleep.

Welfare Reform

Nearly a million Kentuckians are now covered by Medicaid as it turns 50 this week. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Medicaid turns 50 Thursday, and in Kentucky, with expansion under the Affordable Care Act, enrollment has swelled to 947,100 Kentuckians. Asked what she would write in an anniversary card to Medicaid, healthcare advocate Sheila Schuster said "congratulations, keep on going." She s ...Read More

Fewer Oregonians in hospital beds is one goal of the state's Health System Transformation campaign, and the latest Oregon Health Authority figures indicate it's working. Credit: Chad Hutchinson/iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Ore. - Health-care quality is improving for more people in Oregon, according to new figures from the Oregon Health Authority. Emergency-room visits are down 22 percent since 2011 among Oregon Health Plan members, according to the agency. The goal has been to get people to use Coordinated Car ...Read More

PHOTO: Hundreds of families are expected to be impacted by Arizona lawmakers limiting welfare benefits to a one-year lifetime cap, making it the nation's shortest cap. Photo credit: Gov. Doug Ducey.

PHOENIX - It appears Arizona will have the nation's shortest lifetime cap on welfare benefits after state lawmakers approved action limiting it to one year. The Arizona Department of Economic Security will implement the policy change to the "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (TANF) program ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that some 600,000 Colorado workers in low-wage jobs, such as food preparation and retail, don't earn enough to rise above the federal poverty line, which shifts the cost of health-care coverage and other public assistance programs to taxpayers. Photo credit: Jocian/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - The number of jobs that don't pay full-time workers enough to get by are on the rise in Colorado, according to a new report. About 600,000 Coloradans earn less than $12 an hour, a wage that would put a family of four just above the federal poverty line. Chris Stiffler, economist with the ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Census Bureau has come up with a supplemental calculation to update the Federal Poverty Level created in the 1960s. A new report says it underscores the importance of safety-net anti-poverty programs that effectively shift the child poverty rate in Washington from 28 percent to 13 percent. Photo credit: Photobunny/FeaturePics.com

SEATTLE - The federal poverty level is outdated, according to a report that recommends a newer calculation developed by the U.S. Census Bureau for a more accurate picture of families in need. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report says what's known as the "Supplemental Poverty Measure" is more rea ...Read More

PHOTO: Harlan County native Kimberly Shepherd wants to stay and live in eastern Kentucky, but says transitioning the region to a new economy is crucial. She is one of the speakers during this year's I Love Mountains Day in Frankfort. Photo courtesy of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Citizens are rallying at the state Capitol on Thursday for what has become an annual tradition - "I Love Mountains Day." The event is organized by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a grassroots organization which has been in the vanguard pushing for an economic transition in easter ...Read More

PHOTO: Florida's Gov. Rick Scott is one of a number of Republican governors who have refused to accept federal money to expand their states' Medicaid programs. Illustration credit: Sam Beddoes/Flickr Creative Commons.

MIAMI - The state of Florida finds itself in an enviable position. It's expecting a $1 billion surplus in the upcoming fiscal-year budget. Gov. Rick Scott's proposed budget includes increasing public-school spending - but it does not include expanding Florida's Medicaid program. Scott, who credits ...Read More

PHOTO: Fewer Oregon Health Plan members are seeing this sign. Emergency room visits by Medicaid recipients are down by 21 percent, according to a new state report. Photo credit: Chris Bradshaw/FeaturePics.com.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Medicaid expansion in Oregon last year didn't mean a spike in costs or emergency-room use, according to a report released this week by the Oregon Health Authority. The state said Medicaid costs for inpatient hospital services have decreased about 5.5 percent since 2011, despite add ...Read More

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