PNS Daily Newscast - April 8, 2020 

COVID-19 prompts a car insurance break for some drivers. Also, a push for postal banking, and for grocery workers to be treated as first responders.

2020Talks - April 8, 2020 

Wisconsin held its primary yesterday in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. But a shortage of poll workers led to just five polling stations in Milwaukee instead of the usual 180.

Public News Service - MA: Health

Boston, MA – As parents start to scan catalogs and store shelves for presents this holiday shopping season, many are left wondering which toys are safe. Federal regulations ban products with high levels of lead paint, but as recent recalls have shown, many toys are not tested before they're pu

Boston, MA – There's a good chance you have toxic chemicals in your body -- that's the conclusion of a small but enlightening study in which five Massachusetts residents and 30 other volunteers across the nation agreed to be tested for 20 harmful chemicals. The results showed every volunteer h

Boston, MA – Residents of Massachusetts have only two weeks to get the health insurance coverage required to meet the state's end-of-year deadline. It's being recommended that everyone sign up by November 15 and Paulo Pinto, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Portuguese Spe

Boston, MA – With the deadline approaching for Massachusetts residents to sign up for health insurance, there are concerns about the costs. Brian Rosman, research director at Health Care for All, says health insurance premiums have seen double-digit increases each of the past seven years. Ther

Massachusetts victims of health care mistakes are banding together to give other patients more input on what happens within hospital walls. A meeting today in Framingham is the first for the Metrowest branch of the Consumer Health Quality Council. The council is comprised of people like Jamie Steve

Minorities are at higher risk for health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and the list goes on. Some lawmakers and doctors say the solution to eliminating racial health care disparities is black and white in a proposed law they say would help bring health equality to Massachusetts.

A new bill would help Massachusetts deal with what is estimated to be the fifth largest killer in the United States -- medical mistakes. An Institute of Medicine report cites as many as 100,000 deaths and one million injuries in the U.S. every year as a result of unnecessary surgeries, misdiagnoses

The second phase of the state's universal health care plan began with the New Year. Everyone making below $29,000 a year is eligible for "Commonwealth Care," and the countdown has started for every adult in the state to have health insurance by 2008. Those making between $9,800 and $29,000 dollars

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