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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2020 


A new report sizes up swing states like Michigan; voters with disabilities face new obstacles in Election 2020.


2020Talks - October 21, 2020 


Democrats weigh boycotting the committee vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee; and concerns over mail slowdowns in 10 battleground states.

Public News Service - IN: Senior

The U.S. Census Bureau intends to hire 500,000 people for the 2020 count. (AdobeStock)

INDIANAPOLIS – With less than six months to go until the 2020 Census, efforts are ramping up in Indiana and other states to ensure an accurate count. A vital part of that is ensuring there are enough boots on the ground. About 500,000 census takers are needed across the country. Carol Roge

In 2017, 7.7% of American seniors were at risk of going hungry. (Feeding America)

INDIANAPOLIS – Despite a strong economy, the number of seniors at risk of going hungry remains stubbornly high. According to a new report from Feeding America, 5.5 million U.S. seniors were food insecure in 2017 – and the percentage who were missing meals has remained near the same level

An estimated 1.3 million people in Indiana are eligible for Medicare. (Twenty20.com)

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers ages 65-plus have about seven weeks to select a Medicare health insurance plan. Open enrollment for the federal health insurance program begins today and runs through December 7. CEO of Medicare and Retirement for United Healthcare in Indiana Charlotte MacBeth said pr

Lower-income families often are faced with paying utility bills or buying food. (Juan Esteban Zapata)

INDIANAPOLIS – About a third of Hoosiers are often at risk of going hungry, but they aren't eligible for federal food assistance. According to the latest Map the Meal Gap report, 31 percent of state residents who are food insecure can't qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progr

Shredding events and financial literacy classes are being held across Indiana in the next month. (aarp.org)

INDIANAPOLIS — Operation Stop Scams kicks off in Indiana and across the nation today. The campaign is sponsored by AARP and features a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast to fight fraud. They include paper shredding opportunities and fraud education programs. Jason To

The POST form allows people to choose medical care they will receive in emergency situations. (aarp.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to tweak a law that deals with the end of life is making its way through the Indiana Statehouse. In 2013, lawmakers approved the Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment form, also known as the POST. It's different from a Do Not Resuscitate form in that it deals w

The elderly and small children are most at risk from the influenza virus. (nih.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS — This year, Indiana and the rest of the country have been hit hard by the flu. People with flu-like symptoms are filling doctor's offices and emergency rooms. Dozens of Hoosiers have died, including last week's death of a 37-year-old mother of two from Plainfield who was diagno

Increases in utility bills hit many of Indiana's older folks hard because they're on a fixed income. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – Advocacy groups in Indiana are asking state regulators to reject a rate-hike request by Indiana Michigan Power, and they want a low-income assistance program set up to help Hoosiers who are struggling to make ends meet. I&M has requested an increase in the monthly fixed charge

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