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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 - CT: Senior Issues

Medicaid covers 70 percent of nursing home residents in Connecticut. (agilemktg1/pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Medicaid plays an important role in Connecticut's economy, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The policy brief points out that HUSKY, Connecticut's Medicaid program, provides health insurance to 1 in 5 state residents,

AARP Community Challenge grants can help create public spaces, enhance mobility options and more. (pxhere)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Small projects to help create more livable communities across Connecticut could get a boost from a new grant program. AARP Connecticut has expanded on a national Community Challenge program by launching an initiative to help local leaders complete creative ideas to improve their c

New Milford will be getting new park benches and game-top tables on its walking path, with funds from an AARP grant. (Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The towns of Hebron, New Milford and Stafford have just received grants from the 2018 AARP Challenge to beautify their public spaces and make their areas more livable. Nationwide, 127 communities will divvy up $1.3 million in grant money. The program, in its second year, re

Older people can be more vulnerable to excessive heat and dehydration. (Joenomias/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. - When the temperatures are high, cooling centers can be real lifelines. Hot summer days can be dangerous for senior citizens and people with heart or respiratory diseases, diabetes or dementia. Some medications can accelerate dehydration in hot weather. When temperatures rise, said

One of four people surveyed had received fraudulent calls claiming to be from the IRS. (sabinevanerp/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – During tax season, phone calls from criminals posing as IRS agents are on the rise – but help is available to avoid falling victim to these scams. A poll conducted by AARP found that one out of four respondents had received a fraudulent call from someone pretending to

Connecticut could save $90 million by 2032 if low-income retirees save enough to raise their retirement income by $1,000 a year. (quinntheislander/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut has taken an important step toward implementing its retirement security plan. The authority overseeing the payroll savings plan is searching for an executive director to establish and manage the plan. Created by the Legislature in 2016, the program will let thos

Last year, Tax-Aide volunteers helped 31,000 Connecticut residents file their state and federal income-tax returns. (stevepb/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Tax day is still months away, but now's the time to volunteer to give low- and middle-income people in Connecticut help in preparing their income-tax returns. The AARP Foundation has been recruiting and training volunteers for its Tax-Aide program for almost 50 years. They

The plan could help 600,000 Connecticut workers save for retirement. (Alexandra_Koch/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The authority that will be overseeing Connecticut's new Retirement Security Program has its first meeting today. The 15-member board will guide the launch of the retirement savings program signed into law in 2016. The Retirement Security Program requires businesses with five or

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