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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - ME: Health

Maine was the only state in the Northeast that blocked Medicaid expansion, which explains part of why it had the highest rate of children who were uninsured in the region last year. (LMMiller9/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine had the highest rate of uninsured children in the Northeast in 2018, according to new findings. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families released a report today that detailed how larger numbers of children have been uninsured since 2016, reversing a nearly d

Maine has seen a 41.5% drop in opioid prescriptions since 2013. (Tech. Sgt. Mark R.W. Orders-Woempner/U.S. Air Force)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Experts from across the country are in Maine today for the state's first Opioid Response Summit. Gov. Janet Mills will be joined by health-care providers, law enforcement and people affected by the crisis. Though overdose deaths in the state were down from 417 in 2017 to 354

So far this year, 12 states have enacted some type of abortion ban. (Charles Edward Miller/Flickr)

AUGUSTA, Maine – A mid-year report on abortion access in the United States puts the state-level divide on abortion policy front and center. The Guttmacher Institute reports that legislatures across the South, Midwest and Plains states enacted 58 abortion restrictions, nearly half of which wo

More than 4,000 parents and caretaker relatives have signed up for MaineCare Expansion this year. (BewitchingGrace/Creative Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine – According to a new report, Maine ranked among the five worst states in decreasing the uninsured rate for women of childbearing age from 2013 to 2017. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families assessed the impact of Medicaid expansion on maternal health covera

Maine has public-health advisories against eating fish from 14 bodies of water contaminated with mercury. (pxhere)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Do your job, protect our kids. That's the message dozens of mothers from 15 states took to Washington, D.C., this week. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rolling back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, that limit hazardous pollution emissions from coal-fi

In Maine, about 13 percent of the population provides caregiving to a family member. (Vimeo/Creative Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine – A bill in the Maine Legislature is aimed at paying spouses who provide caregiving services for partners on Medicaid. H.P. 70 is a new version of a bill that passed in the last session but wasn't funded through the appropriations process. The legislation gets a public heari

The prices of name-branded drugs commonly used by older adults rose 8.4 percent last year. (freegr/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Huge price increases for prescription drugs are concerns that Maine voters over 50 want political candidates to address. A report from the AARP Public Policy Institute found the cost of brand-name drugs most commonly used by older adults rose by 8.4 percent last year, four t

More than half of older Mainers are concerned they won't be able to afford the health care they need, a new AARP survey shows. (pexels)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine's most active voters want political candidates to address their concerns about health care and retirement security, according to a new survey from AARP. Older Americans are more likely to go to the polls than younger voters, and the survey shows they will hold candidat

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