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    PNS Daily News - March 31, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: Opponents want Indiana’s controversial Religious freedom Restoration Act amended or repealed; Older Americans in Phoenix will be voicing their concerns as part of the White House Conference on Aging; controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is expected to show his support today for a state takeover of public lands.

Women's Issues

Photo: New research shows that maternal comforting can't compensate for emotional damage and stress caused by physical punishment of a child. Photo credit: hotblack/morguefile.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This week, many Tennessee children are rejoicing because it's spring break, but the time off from school may wear on the patience of some parents. A new study from Duke University warns against resorting to physical punishment. In the study of 1,000 children and mothers ...Read More

PHOTO: A bill in the North Carolina State Assembly proposes criminalizing women for using drugs while pregnant. Women advocates insist there's a better way to confront the problem. Photo credit: morguefile.com/larryfarr

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina women who bear a child born addicted to or harmed by drugs could face criminal prosecution, if a bill proposed in the state Assembly passes and is signed into law. Lynn Shoemaker, advocacy and issues director for Women AdvaNCe, a nonpartisan institute that advocates f ...Read More

PHOTO: Currently, pregnancy is not considered a life-changing event by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and therefore the agency does not waive the open enrollment period requirement for women under the Affordable Care Act. Photo credit: morguefile.com/grietgriet

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - If a woman in Tennessee gets pregnant while not covered by insurance, she is not eligible to enroll in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act outside of the open-enrollment period. Pregnancy is not considered a life-changing event by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Se ...Read More

PHOTO: Shop and Share Day, the annual goods drive benefiting the state's domestic violence shelters, is this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at more than 100 participating grocery stores. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - This coming Saturday you can make going to the grocery store a way to help others. Saturday is Shop and Share Day, the annual goods drive for the state's network of 15 domestic violence shelters. Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear came up with the idea after seeing the overwhelming ne ...Read More

The Cover Texas Now coalition says 1 million Texans don't have access to affordable coverage because they don't get insurance through employers, and they don't make enough money to qualify for financial assistance. Photo credit: Gedvali/Wikimedia Commons.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Cover Texas Now, a coalition of consumer and faith-based organizations, brought 350 citizen advocates to the state Capitol recently to urge lawmakers to find a way to insure people that have fallen into a health-care coverage gap. Leah Harbordt, a volunteer with the Holy Family Birt ...Read More

PHOTO: In the Medford area, lower-income new or expectant moms can earn vouchers for taking healthy steps for themselves and their babies. The vouchers can be redeemed for baby supplies. Photo courtesy of Jackson Care Connect.
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MEDFORD, Ore. - A Medford health plan is taking a unique approach to encourage new mothers to get their babies off to the best possible start and it's hoping the idea spreads to other parts of the state. In Jackson County, Jackson Care Connect is rewarding its expectant members for taking healthy ...Read More

PHOTO: The 2015 Progress Report issued by Children First for Oregon shows very little progress for the state's children, with too many still in poverty and lacking access to early education. Photo credit: amyelizabethquinn/pixabay.com

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Progress Report for Oregon Children released today notes a lack of progress on issues connected to a child's success in life. Children First for Oregon issued the report, which found that a child in Oregon has a one-in-five chance of being poor, even if at least one parent work ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds LGBT women in Indiana and around the country face lower pay, frequent harassment, compromised access to health care, and heightened violence that threatens their economic security. Photo credit: Marius Boatca/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Nearly 16 percent of Hoosiers live in poverty, and a new report finds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) women are among those most at risk. The findings were released by a broad coalition of organizations, including the National Women's Law Center. Fatima Goss Graves, th ...Read More

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