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PNS Daily Newscast - October 28, 2020 


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The window is closing to mail ballots in states like GA, MI and WI that require them to be received before Election Day. Experts recommend going in-person if possible.

Public News Service - ME: Senior

According to AARP Maine, nearly 180-thousand people care for a family member, about 13% of the state's population. (Sabine van Erp/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- A bill that would provide a tax credit for family caregivers in Maine is getting a public hearing Thursday at the State House. The bill, HP 1367, is supposed to help low and moderate income earners providing at least 150 hours of caregiving a year to a loved one. Rep. Kristen Cl

Combined with other resources, the Senior Housing Bond will generate more than $45.8 million to build affordable housing for lower-income Mainers, age 55 and older. (Piman Khrutmuang/Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine - With the awarding of $14.5 million of the Senior Housing Bond, Maine is set to create more than 200 new, affordable housing units for people 55 and older. The bond was approved by voter referendum in 2015, but wasn't signed until last year, when Janet Mills became governor. Daniel

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

Seniors seeking low-cost housing soon will have more options in Maine. (Twenty20)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Janet Mills on Tuesday signed off on $15 million of state bonds for affordable senior housing in Maine, more than three years after voters approved the bonds but former Gov. Paul LePage refused to release them. The move makes $500,000 available immediately to fund repair and w

Gov.-elect Janet Mills, who most recently served as Maine's attorney general, is already familiar with such issues as the debt industry's impact on older consumers. (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Maine — AARP Maine is thinking ahead to the New Year and a new administration as it sets priorities for helping seniors across the state - including with more affordable housing. Gov.-elect Janet Mills, a Democrat, said she wants to release the $15 million housing bond that voters

Monitoring bank and credit card accounts on line helps detect fraudulent charges. (TheDigitalWay/pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Computer hackers are stealing more and more personal data every day, but a new survey shows many Mainers aren't taking the basic steps to protect themselves. The numbers are staggering – every two seconds, another American's identity is stolen. There are simple steps

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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