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PNS Daily Newscast - January 27, 2021 


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In 2019, 4,311 prescription drugs experienced a price hike, with the average increase hovering around 21%, according to data compiled by Rx Savings Solutions. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- This week, a North Dakota legislative committee will hear proposals on a system for importing less-expensive prescription drugs from Canada. Advocates say the state should take advantage of changes in federal rules to help older residents struggling to afford medications. A trio

The pandemic has reignited debate across the country about the importance of paid family leave. In North Dakota, a legislative effort aims to establish a program that would protect workers after the crisis has subsided. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The weight of the pandemic is being felt by many North Dakota families, and supporters of a statewide paid-leave program are pushing a revised proposal they say would protect workers when they, or loved ones, need care. State Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, has reintroduced a mea

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a 154% increase in telehealth visits during the last week of March in the United States, as the pandemic unfolded. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota has long dealt with a shortage of access to mental health care in rural areas. But efforts are ramping up to make sure treatment is available in hard-to-reach places. The University of North Dakota and Sanford Health are carving out a multi-phase project designed to

According to a new national report, one-third of Americans face the likelihood of having to leave their current home as a result of economic fallout from the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. - A new report confirms that vulnerable families in North Dakota are experiencing more struggles as the pandemic drags on. Households with children say housing payments and health coverage are becoming increasingly out of reach. This week's report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation look

Mental-health experts say they're seeing growing evidence of the toll the pandemic is taking on people's mental health, and healthy coping mechanisms should be prioritized as the winter season sets in. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakotans are on the front end of a long winter during a pandemic. But a mental health expert says it doesn't have to mean months of unhealthy isolation. He says people can tap into some reminders, as well as new advice, on how to protect their mental well-being. A Kaiser Fa

If you're slammed with COVID-19-related medical bills, Legal Services of North Dakota says it's important to take action right away. This includes applying for help or working out payment plans with creditors. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- As COVID-19 hospitalizations grow, so do the medical bills at a time of economic struggle for many families. But people can take steps to shield themselves from insurmountable debt. According to state health officials, overall coronavirus cases are slowing but hospitalizations rem

Eight in 10 respondents to an AARP North Dakota survey say it should be legal for states to safely import affordable medications from other countries. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota lawmakers have been tasked with a tall order in responding to the pandemic, which still will be on their plates when they return to session in January. One group hopes they'll make time for other issues as well. According to AARP North Dakota, the skyrocketing cost of

Over the summer, North Dakota saw about 65 hospitalizations related to COVID-19. In mid-November, that number is well above 300, putting a strain on hospital staff, including nurses. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota health care professionals say they're happy to see new statewide measures aimed at stopping the dramatic COVID-19 surge. But an advocacy group for nurses remains concerned a prior decision will impact the safety of workers and patients. Over the weekend, Gov. Doug Bu

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