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Public News Service - ND: Health

There are 29 different, standalone Medicare Part D prescription plans available to people in North Dakota for 2020. (AdobeStock)

BISMARCK, N. D. – It's almost time for the tens of thousands of North Dakotans with Medicare Part D plans to review their annual coverage. The open enrollment for Part D prescription plans starts in one week, on Oct. 15. AARP North Dakota State Director Josh Askvig encourages all Medicare ben

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (nito/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Six months after its reauthorization passed in the House of Representatives, the Violence Against Women Act remains untouched by the Senate. Advocates who protect women against domestic violence want to see the bill picked up again. Janelle Moos, executive director of the

North Dakota has some of the strongest laws against smoking in public spaces in the country. (extremis/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N.D. — A new report assesses how North Dakota is doing when it comes to preventing cancer. The 17th edition of How Do You Measure Up? from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network looks at state legislative activity and gauges how lawmakers are supporting policies that reduc

Children's Advocacy Centers of North Dakota says it is the first organization in the country to use telehealth to treat kids who have been abused. (JYPIX/Adobe Stock)

BISMARK, N.D. – Rural North Dakota is getting a digital solution to the lack of mental-health resources for children who've been victims of abuse. Children's Advocacy Centers of North Dakota launched telehealth therapy services this week for kids handling trauma. Interim director of the cente

Caregivers are often asked to follow complex medical procedures for a loved one when they're released from a hospital, sometimes with minimal instruction. (Jack Lund/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. – A new state law is expected to help family caregivers and hospitals in North Dakota better manage a patient's transition home. The CARE Act goes into effect Aug. 1, and it will ensure that patients and their caregivers are provided with an explanation and demonstration of an

The AMA says a new North Dakota law violates doctors' freedom of speech. (DarkoStojanovic/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N.D. – The American Medical Association and North Dakota's only clinic providing abortions are suing the state over two laws related to the procedure. The AMA has joined Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo on its challenge to a bill passed this legislative session that requires docto

There were about 1.2 fatal car crashes per 100,000 people in North Dakota between 2013 and 2017. (Christopher Boswell/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakotans driving over Memorial Day weekend need to be especially careful, according to a new analysis. It isn't what was intended by nicknaming it the "Roughrider State," but North Dakota is the third-most dangerous state for drivers this holiday weekend. Research firm

AARP North Dakota members worked hard during the 2019 session to ensure legislators heard about the needs of aging adults. (MatthewUND/CreativeCommons)

BISMARCK, N.D. – With the state legislature now adjourned, advocates for older North Dakotans are reflecting on a legislative session that saw big wins for the 50-plus crowd. Josh Askvig, state director of AARP North Dakota, says the organization’s number one priority had been legislat

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