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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2019 


Could the nation’s airports be the next pressure points in the government shutdown? Also on our Monday rundown: Calls go out to improve food safety; and a new report renews calls for solutions to Detroit’s water woes.

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Public News Service - CA: Health Issues

CoveredCA says 80 percent of people using its website to find health insurance are eligible for a subsidy to lower their premiums. (Goir/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – People who want to sign up for health insurance using the Covered California marketplace have only four days left – because open enrollment ends January 15th. That's two weeks earlier than last year. You can go online to 'CoveredCA.com' and use the "shop and compa

Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his $209 billion budget proposal in Sacramento on Thursday. (Flickr)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The State of California would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to improve access to healthcare and health insurance under Gov. Gavin Newsom's first budget, released on Thursday. The budget includes $200 million to allow undocumented low-income adults ages 18 to 26

Supporters of Medi-Cal for undocumented immigrant adults gathered at a rally at the California Endowment in Los Angeles on Wednesday. (California Immigrant Policy Center)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers have just introduced a pair of bills that would extend Medi-Cal coverage to low-income, undocumented immigrant adults. A recent University of California, Berkeley study found California has three million uninsured adults – and 1.4 million of th

Community health center employees volunteered to help at an assisted living center after the Camp Fire. (Ampla Health)

PARADISE, Calif. — Community health centers are stepping up to the plate to speed recovery after the deadly Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey fire north of Los Angeles, by providing crucial non-emergency health care services. Ampla Health runs multiple clinics near the town of

By some estimates, Americans spent $450 billion on prescription drugs in 2016. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Consumer groups are praising a proposal by the Trump administration to require drug companies to put prices in many of their television advertisements, but some worry it's only a pre-election perk designed to attract voters - one that could be dropped after the midterms. The ru

Some short-term plans restrict prescription drugs and don't include the

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Groups fighting to keep California's health care system on track are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 910 which would limit short-term insurance plans. The Trump administration finalized new rules in August to allow so-called skinny plans to remain in forc

The Trump administration wants to eliminate California's ability to set its own higher emissions standards for cars. (1laura/Twenty20)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Trump administration is halting the push for higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars – and wants to take away California's ability to set its own standards. The administration says rolling back the Obama-era rules would save buyers of new vehicles about $2,00

Many economists had predicted major health insurance market instability if the risk-adjustment payments program was discontinued. (Goir/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Trump administration is restarting a part of the Affordable Care Act that it had slashed two weeks ago, much to the relief of insurers and health care advocacy groups. The feds announced Tuesday that they will allow risk-adjustment payments from 2017 to go through, a

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