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PNS Daily Newscast - July 6,2020 


Today is the final day to register to vote in Arizona's primary election; the FDA declines to back Trump claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are "harmless."

2020Talks - July 6, 2020 


This year's July 4th had COVID-19, ongoing protests about systemic racism, and a presidential visit to Mt. Rushmore. Plus, Trump signed an order to plan a new statue park.

Public News Service - CT: Health

Connecticut nursing homes no longer are required to test their staff members weekly for COVID-19 exposure. (Renowned Skilled Nursing)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Senior groups are pleading for increased COVID-19 testing at Connecticut nursing homes, because residents of these facilities make up less than 1% the state's population, but 64% of deaths and 19% of infections. AARP Connecticut sent a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont this week, asking

Secretary of State Denise Merrill announced she will send absentee-ballot applications to all registered voters. (Flickr_1)

WEST HARTFORD, Ct. -- A movement is growing to press the Legislature to make vote-by-mail easier in November in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Last night, the West Hartford Special Advisory Committee on Social and Community Recovery voted to ask the full council to support a resolution calling on s

Connecticut residents are sewing face masks in anticipation of a shortage because of COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Ct. -- Groups are springing up across Connecticut to sew face masks at home to be donated to hospitals, but some experts warn they will not protect from COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website says health care providers can use bandanas and other homemade masks

AARP Connecticut is advocating adding video monitoring capability for all nursing-home residents, not only for their protection, but to increase communication options with kin during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Campobello Island/Creative Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Connecticut General Assembly is expected to focus most of the remaining session on emergency responses to the new coronavirus pandemic - which may include increasing video monitoring in nursing homes. House Bill 5444 specifically calls for installing video monitoring devices

Black and Hispanic children in Connecticut are far more likely to go to emergency rooms because of asthma than their white peers. (LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut is often cited as one of the healthiest states in the nation, but a new report finds large gaps in health between white residents and people of color. The report from the Connecticut Health Foundation shows that children and teens of color are far more likely to go to

Premiums for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans are expected to decrease in 2020. (I Viewfinder/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Medicare open-enrollment period is under way, giving people a chance to review their coverage and make changes to be sure they're getting the best plans to fit their needs. We're already more than halfway through the open-enrollment period that began on Oct. 15. According to N

Only 32% of people in a recent survey said they knew

HARTFORD, Conn. – The open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act begins Friday, and health care advocates are advising people to read the fine print before deciding on a new policy. The advocacy group Consumers for Quality Care sponsored a survey that found jus

From 2012 to 2017, annual drug costs increased by 57.8%, but Connecticut income rose only 12.2%. (I Viewfinder/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Too many people need to choose between paying for food and shelter or taking their medications, according to advocates for older Americans. A new AARP analysis shows that in recent years, rising drug prices have cost Medicare beneficiaries and taxpayers $110 billion above t

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