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PNS Daily Newscast - April 16, 2021 


Florida's Republican lawmakers vote overwhelmingly to pass so-called "anti-riot" bill; disturbing police camera video of fatal shooting of a 13-year-old in Chicago.


2021Talks - April 16, 2021 


Biden announces tough sanctions on Russia; Pelosi says she won't bring bill to floor expanding Supreme Court; and Harris announces largest ever U.S. investment in childcare.

Public News Service - ID: Welfare Reform

A new rule could affect roughly 70% of people who apply for green cards each year. (leekris/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- A change to how public-assistance programs weigh on a person's citizenship application is shaking Idaho's immigrant community. What's known as the "public charge rule" will allow the Department of Homeland Security to penalize potential citizens for their use of public benefits such

Idaho's application to add work requirements for Medicaid coverage notes the proposal could affect health coverage for 16,000 people. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho — The public comment period is open on Idaho's application to the federal government to add work reporting requirements to its expanded Medicaid program. State lawmakers passed a bill this year requiring that recipients age 19-59 work at least 20 hours a week to maintain Medicaid

Supporters of Medicaid expansion gathered in Boise this session to oppose lawmakers' scaling back of the measure. (Reclaim Idaho)

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BOISE, Idaho – Attempts to curtail voter initiatives in the Idaho Legislature this year are invigorating the group behind Medicaid expansion. Reclaim Idaho's massive mobilization to expand the federal health program garnered 61% approval in November, but lawmakers ended up watering down the

The Medicaid expansion measure passed in November aimed to provide health insurance for the estimated 60,000 Idahoans who fall into the coverage gap. (Kencf0618/Wikimedia Commons)

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BOISE, Idaho - With the legislative session drawing to an end, Idaho lawmakers still are working out how to implement voter-backed Medicaid expansion. A number of bills have been introduced, many of which are attempts to add work requirements. The latest effort, House Bill 277 by Rep. John Vander W

Idahoans can register to vote in person through Election Day, Nov. 6. (MargJohnsonVA/Twenty20)

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BOISE, Idaho — People ages 50 and older reliably show up to the polls in every election, and AARP Idaho says that makes them the most powerful voting bloc in the country. According to U.S. Census data, 70 percent of people older than 65, and about 67 percent of 45- to 65-year-olds turned out

Last year, more than three-quarters of the people in Idaho who received SNAP benefits were in families with children. (vikvarga/Pixabay)

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BOISE, Idaho – Low-income Idahoans who receive food benefits could be required to find jobs if that policy survives the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The U.S. House and Senate each has passed its own Farm Bill and now have to reconcile the two. The House bill would mandate stricter

About 62,000 Idahoans could get access to coverage if the state expanded Medicaid. (Reclaim Idaho)

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BOISE, Idaho – Supporters of an initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho rally at the State Capitol Friday to deliver more than 70,000 signatures to state officials. They'll likely hear in mid-July if they qualified for the November ballot. The initiative would cover about 62,000 Idahoans who

More than 40 percent of children in Idaho rely on Medicaid for health coverage. (Andrew Newill/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho – Ahead of Mother's Day, mothers and health care advocates are coming together to ask Idaho's congressional delegation to protect Medicaid. Idahoans are meeting in Boise on Thursday to deliver postcards with this message to Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Rep. Mike Simpson.

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