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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 

The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.

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It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Good News and Bad News For New Yorkers and Health Insurance

February 6, 2009

Albany, NY - Immigrant advocates are applauding President Obama and Congress for re-authorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and allowing low-income legal immigrant kids to enroll without a five-year wait.

Adam Gurvitch, director of health advocacy for the New York Immigration Coalition, says it’s a sign the political climate in Washington toward health care reform is improving.

"This is a major step forward, both in terms of health care and immigrants’ rights in America. It’s exactly the sort of program that the government should be investing in right now, in a time of real economic distress for so many Americans."

Lisa Tyson, director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, agrees, saying the recent figures on out-of-work New Yorkers without health coverage should serve as a call to action.

"We need to act right now. It is a catastrophe. It is the biggest crisis."

Opponents of the bill say it was too costly, and only adds to a ballooning deficit. The bill’s signing came two days before the release of January unemployment figures and the unveiling of a new report from Families USA, a national, nonpartisan healthcare reform group. That report shows 54 percent of low- or moderate-income New Yorkers who’ve lost their jobs have no health insurance.

Families USA also announced the release of a free consumers’ guide to help laid-off workers retain health care coverage. It can be found at

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NY