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    PNS Daily News- February 12, 20160 


    Here's what we're following: the Clean Power Plan is being put on hold for now but wildlife advocates say that's no reason for states to stop making changes, more people are being exonerated in the United States and Albert Einstein made a prediction over a century ago, and he was right.

Welfare Reform

At least 60 health, business and nonprofit groups are supporting Medicaid expansion in South Dakota. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - At least 60 businesses, nonprofits and healthcare organizations are now backing Gov. Dennis Daugaard's ideas to expand Medicaid in South Dakota. The group is calling itself "It Makes Sense for South Dakota." Supporters say the expansion plans will not increase the state's general bud ...Read More

U.S. immigration officials say they are taking a hands-off policy toward churches that provide sanctuary to refugees who could be deported. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - A church in Texas has given a Guatemalan refugee sanctuary and is hoping that more religious organizations will follow suit. Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas has taken in a woman who church officials will only call Hilda. She says she came to the U.S. to escape vio ...Read More

Raising wages to $12 by 2020 would save taxpayers $17 billion in public assistance costs, according to a new report. (Zerbor/iStockphoto)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Matt Mead told legislators, "I see you have well over 100 proposed bills." One is House Bill 4, a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. A new Economic Policy Institute report shows boosting wages nationally w ...Read More

About 58,000 Montanans have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace since November. (AARP)

HELENA, Mont. - Montana is making a serious dent in its number of uninsured residents with 58,000 people enrolling or re-enrolling in health insurance through the federal insurance marketplace in the past three months. The third annual open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act just ended ...Read More

Advocates for Minnesota's low-income families are pushing lawmakers to pass an increase in monthly cash assistance. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A year has passed since a state task force laid out solutions to some of the serious problems facing Minnesota's Family Investment Program, but not much has changed. Today, advocates for low-income families are in the Capitol, again asking lawmakers to implement some of the change ...Read More

Nevada's CARE Act, which took effect Jan. 1, requires hospitals to ask patients to designate a caregiver to help after discharge. (Renown Skilled Nursing)

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The federal government says one in five elderly patients is back in the hospital within 30 days of leaving, so Nevada health advocates are banking on a new law, the CARE Act, to make a dent in the problem. A 2013 report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Medicare spend ...Read More

One group is demanding that presidential candidates make their positions on preserving Social Security known before the March 1 primary election. (AARP Arkansas)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Presidential candidates will soon be campaigning in Arkansas prior to the March 1 primary election. AARP Arkansas has launched an accountability campaign called Take A Stand, demanding the candidates present their plans on how to update Social Security for future generations. C ...Read More

Nonprofit groups are pushing to renew access to the MinnesotaCare public insurance program. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With lawmakers set to consider the future of Minnesota's public health care programs, a nonprofit group is backing several proposals to expand access for low-income residents. Late last month, Gov. Mark Dayton's Health Care Finance Task Force laid out dozens of recommendati ...Read More

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