skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

At least 23 dead in tornado-spawning storms sweeping central US, new report finds OR workforce grows, but gaps should be addressed; AM radio in every car? The debate hits Missouri; Proposal would make MI State Capitol a 'gun-free zone.'

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

President Biden delivers a Memorial Day address, former president Trump's hush money trial is poised for jury deliberations, and the Justice Department warns of threats to election officials.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

Two State Senators – Both MDs – Say Don’t Repeal Healthcare Reform

play audio
Play

Thursday, January 20, 2011   

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Tuesday's party-line vote in the U.S. House to repeal last year's health-care reform is not popular with two doctors who are also members of the West Virginia state Senate.

Sen. Ron Stollings, who has practiced medicine in Madison for 22 years, says West Virginia badly needs more rural health care, and the reform will help. He says it's already helping streamline care at practices such as his by paying for the transition to electronic records.

"We'll be saving probably that much money in duplication of services. Then we can monitor our patients better. You come to me, you take your sugar pill, you take your blood pressure pill, you take your cholesterol pill. You save money that way."

Republicans in Congress have said the reform is costly and bad for the economy. However, analysis by the Congressional Budget Office and others say the reform would reduce the deficit and help the economy by improving flexibility for people who want to change jobs.

Stollings says it's much cheaper if the uninsured can get care in doctors' offices instead of emergency rooms, where he says many uninsured poor now go.

"Frankly, they're not paying the hospitals, so the hospitals are having to eat that. They end up dying at a much younger age. They have high cost. This is to try to get them to have ongoing good primary care."

Sen. Dan Foster is a Charleston doctor. Like Stollings, he's already seeing improvements from the law. He says repeal would mean hundreds of thousands of West Virginians would lose their insurance - or that coverage would cost more or cover less. He says he knows people already benefiting from the new rules.

"Young people who are on their parent's policies. Senior citizens who they have no co-pays for preventive care services. I also know businesses who plan to use the tax credits."


get more stories like this via email

more stories
The National Association of Broadcasters says more than 82 million individuals tune in to AM radio. (kittyfly/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The "AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act" now in Congress would mandate all new cars in the U.S. be equipped with AM radios, which is stirring a debate in …


Social Issues

play sound

Food insecurity is up in Nebraska and most parts of the country, according to the nonprofit Feeding America but the U.S. House Agriculture …

Social Issues

play sound

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has vetoed several bills intended to do more to address the rights of renters in the Commonwealth. Along with …


A new Interdisciplinary Arts degree at William Peace University will be a Bachelor of Arts and replaces the university's Bachelor of Fine Arts, theatre, musical theatre, and arts administration degrees. (Adobe Stock)

play sound

A North Carolina university wants to break the mold for people studying the arts. A new degree program will not require students to narrow their …

Social Issues

play sound

Massachusetts voters could face a possible ballot measure this November to end the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System graduation requiremen…

Unlike some states, Michigan requires that citizens apply for a purchase license before buying a firearm. (MATTHEW)

Social Issues

play sound

If two Michigan lawmakers have their way, there will be fewer locations in the state where people are allowed to carry firearms. State Sen…

Social Issues

play sound

May is Older Americans Month, a time to recognize Mississippians over 50 and their contributions, and reaffirm commitments to serving older adults in …

Social Issues

play sound

North Dakotans have less than two weeks to send in their absentee or mail ballot to be counted for the June 11 primary. Despite some political …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021