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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 


The funding stumble in Congress deepens the crisis for health centers; also on our nationwide rundown; we will let you know about concerns over possible "gifts" to payday lenders; and a new survey provides alarming numbers about young people and homelessness.

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Public News Service - VA: Health Issues

Today's rally in support of reproductive freedom includes a plea for what organizers say is full reproductive justice for all women. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam continues his longtime support for women's reproductive rights, by rallying alongside women at the State Capitol today on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Despite the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that established a woman's right to end a pregnancy, wom

It is recommended that stroke patients are treated within three to four-and-a-half hours of the first sign of stroke. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death and disability in Virginia, and there are two bills in the Virginia General Assembly that health advocates say will lead to more lives being saved. House Bills 1197 and 1198, by Representative T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, would collect

Supporters say public funds could be leveraged to bring needed investment in grocery stores for Virginia communities that need them. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Supporters say a state grocery store investment fund to be considered by lawmakers would help Virginia communities without easy access to fresh food. The fund is designed to make investment capital cheaper and easier to get for companies that want to run grocery stores in wha

Doctors say they are worried that more - and sicker - children will show up in emergency rooms if Congress fails to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Healthcare systems, including Virginia's, are now bracing for chaos as Congress failed to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program. According to a new analysis by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, half of all state CHIP programs will have to shut down by th

The tax bill now being debated in Congress could have a major impact on Virginia health insurance. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. -- In its current form, the U.S. Senate tax bill would raise health insurance premiums and force millions of people to lose access, according to a new analysis of federal figures. Health economist Emily Gee with the Center for American Progress estimates nearly 300,000 Virginians wou

The Lynchburg College Caring for the Caregivers hackathon team beat groups from six other universities at the third annual event. (Lynchburg College)

RICHMOND, Va. -- College students who won a recent hacking contest say they they now have a phone app to help family caregivers that they feel is worth putting on the market. The team from Lynchburg College won the third annual Caring for the Caregivers hackathon - co-sponsored by AARP - in early

The American Heart Association is ramping up its health outreach to the LGBTQ community, which included a booth at the Hampton Roads Pride event. (MeShall Hills/American Heart Assn.)

RICHMOND, Va. -- The American Heart Association is beginning health outreach to members of the LGBTQ community, a group with higher rates of stress and smoking. One AHA staffer in Virginia knows all too well how important that can be. Teri Arnold, director of marketing and communications at the th

Cancer survivor Rusty Williams credits the Affordable Care Act with saving his life. (Dan Heyman)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Folks who got healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act are closely watching as the new healthcare bill is drafted in the Senate - including some who say Obamacare saved their lives. The Senate "repeal and replace" legislation is still being negotiated behind closed doors,

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