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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - FL: Senior

Advocates hope Florida lawmakers will take into account that the vast majority of older Floridians want to remain in their homes as they age. (Globetrotter/Wikimedia Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As lawmakers tackle another year of budgets and bills, advocates for older Floridians want to make sure vital services are preserved and consumer protections for people of all ages are in place. Since the vast majority of older people would prefer to age in place, Jack McRay, AA

December 15 is the deadline to renew or enroll in ACA health-care plans for those wishing for coverage to begin in January.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It's been a very busy month for those helping to enroll Floridians in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, but those on the ground say there's still more work to be done to reach the state's uninsured. Right now, Florida leads the nation for the number of peop

Many Floridians miss out on tens of thousands of dollars by claiming Social Security benefits early, according to new data. Courtesy: Social Security Administration

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - They are among the most important decisions older Americans, face when to stop working and sign up for Social Security and experts say the majority of Floridians leave money on the table by not considering all the options. Most people think of reaching retirement age and colle

A Florida lawmaker believes seniors deserve to have their spending habits factored into their benefits. Credit: Social Security Administration.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Many seniors receiving Social Security are still digesting the news that their benefits will remain flat next year, and one Florida lawmaker says the real problem is that the wrong numbers are being crunched. Congressman Alan Grayson, D–Orlando, calls it "mind-boggling"

Friday is the 80th anniversary of Social Security, which supports 4 million Floridians a year. Credit: Kameleon007

MIAMI - Eighty years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law - and now the program provides a financial lifeline to 64 million Americans including slightly more than 4 million Floridians. The occasion will be celebrated with parties at senior centers across the st

Thursday is Medicare's 50th birthday. The program provides medical coverage for an estimated 4 million Floridians, and has worked well enough that its backers are suggesting expanding it to include more than just people age 65 and older. Credit: liljoel/morguefile.com.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Thursday is the 50th anniversary of Medicare, and the program's advocates are using the occasion to push for a major expansion. Today, it provides health care to 55 million Americans, including 4 million in Florida. Medicare's proponents say it has been so successful that the co

PHOTO: A new study names 50 hospitals that charge patients more than 10 times the cost of a procedure, and 20 Florida hospitals are on the list. Photo credit: Jane Sawyer/Morguefile.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A new study focusing on high charges by hospitals names 20 Florida facilities among the 50 worst offenders nationwide – with number one being North Okaloosa Medical Center in the panhandle. Published in the journal Health Affairs, the study compares the price hospita

GRAPHIC: AARP Florida released its 2014 midterm election voting guide today, with positions from candidates in their own words. Graphic courtesy: AARP.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With the barrage of campaign ads on the airwaves and in newspapers, it can be difficult to discern a candidate's position on issues like retirement savings, Social Security, and livable communities. Beginning Tuesday, Florida voters will have access to an online guide from AA

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