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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - CO: Budget Policy & Priorities

The proposed Tenmile Wilderness is part of legislation to protect lands on the Continental Divide. (John Fielder)

DENVER — A new bill introduced in both houses of Congress on Wednesday would further protect close to 100,000 acres of the White River National Forest in Summit and Eagle counties. The Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and Camp Hale Act would create three new wilderness areas for the

The funding resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years, but not other key programs health centers rely on. (Pixabay)

DENVER – If Congress doesn't find a way to include a fix for federal funding for community health centers, facilities across Colorado will take a severe funding hit as early as March. Congress allowed several programs that centers depend on for funding patient care, including the Children's

Women who have children as teens are less likely to graduate from high school, or earn as much as women who have children later in life. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado's teen pregnancy and abortion rates continue to drop thanks to a state family planning program. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the initiative saved taxpayers almost $70 million between 2009 and 2015. Karen Middleton, executive direc

Out of pocket costs for prescription drugs, dentures, hearing aids and more are counted as deductible medical expenses for seniors and people with disabilities in Colorado. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Nearly one in five senior citizens in Colorado is turning a portion of his or her medical expenses into extra groceries. Jack Regenbogen, an attorney and policy advocate with the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, points to new data that shows one year after the state rolled out a

Children with health coverage are more likely to finish high school and college, and have higher earnings when they enter the workforce. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado's financial reserves have kept the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, running since Congress allowed funding to expire at the end of September. But Erin Miller, vice president of health initiatives with the Colorado Children's Campaign, says those reserves are al

The golden eagle has been identified as one of many iconic wildlife species in need of greater protections in Colorado. (Pixabay)

DENVER – A bipartisan bill introduced last week in the U.S. House would tap existing revenues from energy development on public lands to finance state plans to keep wildlife populations healthy and off the endangered species list. State fish and wildlife agencies estimate nearly 12,000 speci

The Uncompahgre Medical Center in Norwood transports over a hundred patients per year by medical helicopter, a critical service during winter months. (Pixabay)

NORWOOD, Co. – Colorado's community health centers are hitting the phones today in an effort to get Congress to focus on a funding crisis facing centers that serve 27 million people nationwide. In October, Congress missed its deadline to re-up funding for the Community Health Centers Program

Consumer advocates warn that tax breaks that primarily benefit corporations and the top one percent of earners could lead to cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. (Getty Images)

DENVER – As Republicans work to bridge divides between the House and Senate versions of their new tax legislation, consumer advocates are warning that the measure could have significant health consequences. By removing the Affordable Care Act's mandate for all people to buy health insurance,

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