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PNS Daily Newscast - April 15, 2021 


President Biden sets a date certain to end America's longest war, and more information could be the decider for some reluctant to get the COVID vaccine.


2021Talks - April 15, 2021 


With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate takes up anti-Asian American hate crimes legislation, and President Biden officially announces a full military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Public News Service - MT: Welfare Reform

Most rural Americans with disabilities lack a nearby Social Security Administration office. (Minerva Studio/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Rural people living with disabilities could feel the biggest impact from changes to the Social Security disability program. The Trump administration wants to review the disability benefits for about 1 million people more often, according to the Social Security Administration. This

Medicaid expansion currently covers about 96,000 Montanans. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. – The public has an opportunity to comment on changes to Medicaid expansion that allow Montana to implement work requirements for recipients. The Montana Legislature agreed this session to allow expansion to continue, but followed states such as Arkansas and Indiana by requirin

Backers of an initiative to fund Medicaid expansion say it also would cut down on smoking through a tax on tobacco products. (Healthy Montana campaign)

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HELENA, Mont. - Supporters of an initiative to extend Medicaid expansion through a tax on tobacco products will learn this month if it qualifies for the November ballot. Backers turned in more than 40,000 signatures, well over the approximately 25,000 needed. Initiative 185 would increase the cigar

About 70,000 Native Americans live in Montana. (Indian Health Service Billings area)

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HELENA, Mont. – According to the Trump administration, states can impose work requirements on Native Americans who receive Medicaid - a move that could spell doom for some tribal health services. On Monday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma reaffirmed i

The Montana Food Bank Network works with 140 partners across the state to provide meals to kids over the summer. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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MISSOULA, Mont. – During the summer months, children need food assistance more than ever. One in five children in Montana lives in a food insecure home, meaning he or she isn't sure where a next meal is coming from. Many of these children rely on free and reduced meals during the school ye

Doctor shortages are just one challenge facing small-town hospitals, and one of the topics at Sen. Jon Tester's Rural Health Summit today in Ennis, Mont. (Machineheadz/iStockphoto)

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ENNIS, Mont. - Rural hospitals are the backbone of many small communities and experts say quite a few are in danger of closing if the government cuts reimbursements any further. That's one of the main topics at the Rural Health Summit today in the town of Ennis, southwest of Bozeman. Senator Jon

Shawn Dailey, a client at the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder, which is scheduled to close by the end of the year. (Carol Dailey)

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BOULDER, Mont. - Today a committee appointed by the governor is meeting to discuss the transfer of 52 severely developmentally disabled people from the 100-year-old Montana Developmental Center in Boulder, also known as MDC, to private facilities around the state. All the clients are at MDC becaus

About 58,000 Montanans have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace since November. (AARP)

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HELENA, Mont. - Montana is making a serious dent in its number of uninsured residents with 58,000 people enrolling or re-enrolling in health insurance through the federal insurance marketplace in the past three months. The third annual open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act just ended

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