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PNS Daily Newscast - January 24, 2019 


Votes today expected on dueling plans to end the government shutdown. Also on our Thursday rundown: Groups call for immigration reform ahead of the U.S. Senate vote; plus, protecting older folks in Colorado from the deep chill.

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Public News Service - CO: Health Issues

Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the EPA, told senators that climate change is real and a global problem, but doesn't view it as a crisis that must be addressed in an aggressive way. (USDA)

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Moms in Colorado and across the nation are asking members of Congress to think twice before confirming Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Wheeler, a former coal-industry lobbyist, made the case to U.S. senators on Wednesday that the EPA's actions u

For many eligible Coloradans, health insurance purchased through ConnectforHealthColorado.org costs less than some cell-phone plans. (Mountain Family Health Centers)

ALAMOSA, Colo. — Colorado's community health centers are pressing forward with efforts to get more residents covered under the Affordable Care Act, despite a recent Texas court ruling that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional. The federal court's decision is expected to be appealed,

Some 20 million Americans could lose health coverage if a recent Texas federal court decision striking down the Affordable Care Act stands. (LaDawna Howard/Flickr)

DENVER - Health-care advocates are mustering their resources once again to defend the landmark health legislation passed under the Obama administration after a Texas judge struck down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional last week. Adam Fox, director of strategic engagement for the Colorado

In 2015, Medicare Part D beneficiaries spent nearly $27 billion in out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs. (TaxRebate.org.uk)

DENVER — The pharmaceutical industry is making a last-minute push in Congress to roll back mandated discounts for drugs distributed through Medicare Part D, but seniors' advocates are pushing back. Industry groups are lobbying Congress to change a measure passed in February that was designed

Three in four kids who lost health coverage in 2017 live in states that had not expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (Pixnio)

DENVER – For the first time in a decade, the number of uninsured children in the United States has gone up. According to a new Georgetown University report, the number of uninsured kids rose by more than 275,000 in 2017, and nearly 4 million children in the U.S. now lack coverage. Erin Mille

Methane emissions at the Yellow Jacket Compressor Station, near Canyon of the Ancients in Colorado, as seen by an industry-standard optical gas-imaging camera. (Earthworks)

DENVER - Today in Denver, the Environmental Protection Agency is to hold the only public hearing nationwide on its decision to roll back standards designed to reduce methane pollution from oil and gas facilities. Conservation groups have asked British Petroleum, which recently moved its headquarter

The public can submit comments on a new proposal that would allow the Department of Homeland Security to deny legal status to families that access programs including Medicaid. Comments must be received before Dec. 10. (U.S. Navy)

DENVER – Health care advocates are warning that a new rule proposed by the Trump administration could effectively block children's access to health, dental and mental services. The rule would make it easier to deny immigrants legal status by expanding the definition of what it means to be a

A new guidance by the Trump administration paves the way for insurance plans that deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, and eliminate annual and lifetime limits on out-of-pocket costs. (Picpedia)

DENVER – Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act kicks off Thursday in Colorado, but recent moves by the Trump administration could have a big impact on how much coverage some consumers will actually get. In October, the administration introduced a new guidance tha

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