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    PNS Daily News - March 30, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: President Obama and Congressional Republicans continue their budget battle; Missouri is honoring Vietnam veterans today; and a new study shows parents should think twice before physically punishing their child.

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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: Members of the Health Care For All HelpLine Team are working overtime assisting hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents who need to renew their Medicaid eligibility. With the deadline so close, those needing assistance are urged to head to their nearest community health center. Photo ourtesy: Health Care For All.

BOSTON - A critical deadline is at hand for hundreds of thousands in the Bay State to renew their coverage under the Medicaid program. Some already are past the deadline, but have a grace period until the end of the month. Anyone who got a letter in the mail at the start of the year notifying them ...Read More

PHOTO: A Minnesota nonprofit organization is reporting success in helping keep former inmates from returning to prison by linking them with opportunities for employment and housing. Photo credit: Krystian Olszanski/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A program in Minnesota is making great strides in helping African-American men who are getting out of prison stay out - and also work toward getting out of poverty. Thomas Adams, president and chief executive of Better Futures of Minnesota, said key to the nonprofit group's succes ...Read More

PHOTO: Home health aides play a big support role for seniors who live at home. However, in New York, they're barred from performing many key nursing tasks. A proposal in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget would change that. Photo credit: Portaldelsur ES/CC

NEW YORK - Home health aides play a big role in providing support to seniors who live at home, but in New York they're barred from performing some key health care tasks. A proposal in Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget would change that, allowing home health aides to administer eyedrops, change catheter ...Read More

PHOTO: Special enrollment is still available for thousands in the Bay State to get care under the Affordable Care Act, but they need to act soon. Courtesy: Health Care For All

BOSTON - It's true the door shut on the second open enrollment period for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but advocates say there are still opportunities for thousands in the Bay State to get covered. Senior policy analyst at Health Care For All Suzanne Curry says special enrollment i ...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: State lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow teen parents age 15 and over to get birth control without the consent of their parents or guardians. Photo credit: Parenting Patch/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Reproductive health advocates are urging state lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow teen parents age 15 and older to get birth control without the consent of their parents or guardians. The House State Affairs Committee heard testimony Wednesday in support of the bill from ...Read More

PHOTO: Resiliency is considered a protective factor for kids in the world of preventing child abuse and neglect, as well as an important skill in healing from abuse. An expert says the skill can be taught. Photo credit: cat6719/pixabay.com

BALTIMORE - Being resilient helps protect families during times of stress, and helps with healing when there has been abuse or neglect. Resilience is a child-abuse prevention strategy being employed in Maryland, and Pat Stanislaski, director at Partnering for Prevention, says research shows some peo ...Read More

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