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    PNS Daily News - May 26, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; several U.S. senators want more funding for Amtrak following the derailment near Philadelphia that killed eight people; in California, Oakland City Council considers enacting far reaching privacy rules; and a report on an Ag Gag bill in North Carolina.

Public News Service - Minnesota

PHOTO: Minnesota lawmakers still have work to do, but one measure they passed this session aims to reduce the number of senior citizens getting caught with unexpected medical bills due to the impact of patient status on Medicare coverage. Photo credit: Ted Van Pelt/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota is taking action on a health care trend that's leaving some of the state's senior citizens with unexpected medical bills after a hospital stay. For Medicare to cover the cost of certain services, the patient must be officially admitted, not just classified with an...Read More

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PHOTO: Congress is considering a measure to reauthorize the Older Americans Act. The act supports programs that provide basic necessities such as meals, home-care and help coordinating long-term care. Photo credit: jennie-o/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the Older Americans Act celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, legislation to again reauthorize the act is being considered in Congress. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., among the co-sponsors of the reauthorization measure, Senate Bill 192, said the act supports about one ...Read More

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PHOTO: Being surrounded and supported by family can make all the difference for kids in the child welfare system, but a new study finds Minnesota has the country's ninth highest rate of non-family placement. Photo credit: John Liu/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the thousands of kids in Minnesota's child welfare system, being with family is vital to their emotional, physical and social development – but new research shows the state is often failing in keeping those connections. Titled Every Kid Needs a Family, the report from th...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: More people than ever now have health insurance in Minnesota, but efforts are underway to go beyond just the coverage rate and make sure the newly insured can access and navigate the health care system. Photo credit:

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Great gains have been made in recent years to push Minnesota's uninsured rate to its lowest level in history, but many challenges remain in making that equate to a healthier state. Allison Corrado, program officer with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, says...Read More

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PHOTO: From floods to droughts to tornadoes, Minnesota's rural communities are often hardest hit by weather extremes, and a series of statewide discussions is focused on planning and response. Photo credit: Steve Brand/Flickr.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. - As the summer season of severe weather approaches in Minnesota, a gathering this week examines how communities can best respond to the growing frequency of weather extremes and the changing climate. Anna Claussen, director of rural strategies with the Institute for Agricultu...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: The search is on to find and honor older Minnesotans who are making a difference in their communities through volunteer work. Photo credit: ccbarr/Flickr.

ST, PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota continues to grow older, the aging process is changing - and that has many older adults finding a new purpose in life through volunteering. Minnesota has one of the highest volunteer rates in the nation, with around 40 percent of older adults actively helping out in t...Read More

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PHOTO: Minnesota is looking to do more to help an especially vulnerable population of children and babies born to incarcerated mothers. Photo credit: Frank de Kleine/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - They are among the babies who face the biggest hurdles to healthy and successful lives, but more help may soon be on the way with added support for those Minnesota mothers giving birth behind bars. Last year Minnesota passed its first ever law that implemented standards of safety ...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: The Minnesota Department of Health has detailed its new efforts to reduce the infant mortality rate, as hundreds of babies die in the state each year before they reach the age of one. Photo credit: Cody/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Every year, several hundred babies statewide die before they reach their first birthday and a new plan from the Minnesota Department of Health aims to reduce those numbers. Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says while Minnesota does have one of the lowest overall infant mortality rates in...Read More

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