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PHOTO: Some 350,000 Indiana adults stand to gain health insurance coverage should the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approve a waiver for the state to expand Medicaid coverage through its Healthy Indiana Plan. Photo courtesy of

INDIANAPOLIS - Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers are waiting on a decision that could change their lives. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are reviewing the state's federal waiver request to use the existing Healthy Indiana Plan to help low-income residents access health insurance cove ...Read More

PHOTO: For the second year, Michigan United members will take to the Capitol to tell lawmakers what they think about the state's policies regarding prison funding, the handling of elections, and the treatment of refugees. Photo courtesy of Michigan United.

LANSING, Mich. - Buses full of concerned citizens from across the state will head to Lansing today for the second annual Michigan United Capitol Day, a chance to sit down with lawmakers to discuss what can be done to make Michigan a more just and fair place to live. Erik Shelley, media coordinator w ...Read More

PHOTO:A hospice in Sandusky is helping U.S. military veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome find peace in their final days. Photo credit: Karen van Vuuren.

SANDUSKY, Ohio - Stein Hospice in Sandusky is helping U.S. military veterans who served in World War II, and every military conflict since, deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the effects of which some have held inside for more than half a century. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates ...Read More

PHOTO: An advocate for senior citizens says voters need to quiz candidates this fall, ahead of the November election, on their position regarding strengthening Social Security for today's retirees and tomorrow's generation. Photo courtesy of

CHICAGO - The president-elect of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) National Board, Eric Schneidewind, says candidates are not talking about the main issues voters 50 and older have identified as being of primary importance to them. "We go out and poll our members, and we ask them w ...Read More

PHOTO: From figuring out how to register to vote, to knowing where to go vote on Election Day, a new website keeps both first-time and seasoned Michigan voters up to date on critical election information. Image courtesy of Michigan Election Coalition.

DETROIT - The November elections are just around the corner, and in an effort to boost the number of Michiganders who will head to the polls, a new online tool offers information on how to register to vote and cast a ballot. Sharon Dolente, director of the Michigan Election Coalition, says the goal ...Read More

PHOTO: An AARP national official says Wisconsinites need to quiz candidates this fall ahead of the November election on their positions on strengthening Social Security, Medicare, and health care in retirement. Photo courtesy of AARP.

MILWAUKEE - Candidates are not saying enough about how they would strengthen Social Security and improve financial security for older Wisconsinites, according to Eric Schneidewind, president-elect of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) National Board. He says their incomes have not ke ...Read More

PHOTO: The Rural Illinois Medical Program helps train doctors to serve as primary care physicians in underserved rural areas of the state. A new proposal would also address the problem by making it easier for physicians to obtain licenses to practice in neighboring states. Photo courtesy of Emory University.

ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rural Illinois Medical Program works to prepare med students from Illinois to work in rural areas of the state as primary care physicians. But another new plan, to allow multi-state licensing of physicians, is being developed by the Wyoming State Board of Medicine. Kevin Bohnenb ...Read More

PHOTO: The "OK2SAY" program has officially launched in Michigan, giving students and parents an anonymous way to submit tips about worrisome behavior at school. The free mobile app is available for Android and Apple users. Photo courtesy of

LANSING, Mich. - A new school safety initiative has launched in Michigan, encouraging students, parents, and community members to anonymously share any kind of threatening behavior through a system called "OK2SAY." Kevin Epling of East Lansing lost his 8th grade son to suicide after being bullied by ...Read More

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