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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2018 


While school shooting survivors demand stricter gun control measures some teachers are talking about their own walkout; Republicans vow to keep fighting the new district map in Pennsylvania; and from the West Coast - a health care group slams Trump's "Skinny" insurance plans.

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Public News Service - AZ: Senior Issues

A bill to give family caregivers a tax credit has passed the two committees in the state House of Representatives, but has yet to get a floor vote. (AARP)

PHOENIX – More than 800,000 Arizonans are caregivers for an older relative, and senior groups are pushing state legislators for passage of a bill to give them a tax credit. House Bill 2087 would give people who spend at least $2,000 on aids such as adding a ramp to the home – a credit o

A new poll shows 79 percent of caregivers would appreciate someone to talk to during the holidays and 73 percent would like help with holiday tasks. (AARP)

PHOENIX – A new poll shows almost 70 percent of people caring for a loved one deal with emotional stress over the holidays, and experts at AARP have a few tips to improve the situation. The poll shows that 85 percent of caregivers had to scale back their plans, such as only going to some of

Frank Abagnale has spent decades fighting fraud and identity theft. He says the key to avoiding scams is to stop, take a moment and verify the source. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – A famous former con man came to Phoenix last night, to give some free advice on how to avoid becoming the victim of fraud or identity theft. Frank Abagnale - who was played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie "Catch Me If You Can" - spoke at an event sponsored by the AARP Fraud Watch

Senior advocates say the now-defunct Graham-Cassidy bill would have limited access for some to nursing-home care. (Reknown Health)

PHOENIX - Arizona senior advocates are breathing a sigh of relief now that the latest GOP effort to repeal Obamacare has been withdrawn, lacking the necessary number of votes in support of the bill. Its authors pulled the Graham-Cassidy bill on Tuesday, a day before the planned vote. The bill propo

Arizona ranks in the middle of the pack, 26th in the nation, on a new scorecard for the availability and quality of long-term care services and supports. (AARP)

PHOENIX -- Arizona ranks 26th in the nation for providing quality long-term care services and supports for its older residents and those living with disabilities. It's a marked decline from 2014, when the state ranked 21st - and from 2011, when it ranked 15th in the nation. The findings come from a

The AARP estimates that some people with pre-existing conditions could see premiums rise to $25,000 per year under the A.H.C.A. (AARP)

PHOENIX – As the Republican health care plan awaits a final score from the Congressional Budget Office, senior advocates in Arizona are slamming it as unfair and unaffordable. AARP recently sent a letter to every U.S. Senator claiming that the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, would cause h

Federal data show that only one in seven small businesses offers a retirement savings plan. (SCS/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – A new study shows that Arizona could save $89 million over the next 15 years if it set up a system of state-based retirement savings accounts. Researchers from the University of Maine found that if current low savings rates persist, a significant portion of future retirees will be

AARP predicts changes to Medicaid under the proposed American Health Care Act would force older Arizonans into nursing homes sooner than necessary. (Pixabay)<br />

PHOENIX – Arizona may hold a precarious place in the new health care system proposed by House Republicans. The reasons are the state's aging population and higher than average insurance costs, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The foundations says for most Arizonans, the tax credi

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