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President Trump tours hurricane damage parts of Florida: Also on the Tuesday rundown: we examine the question, is the U.S. spending too much to guard confederate cemeteries; plus the spotlight is on mental wellness during National Children’s Health Month.

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Community health center services include primary care, behavioral health and dental care. (drshohmelian/pixabay)

OSSINING, N.Y. – Community health centers in New York are getting some much-needed help through federal Quality Improvement grants. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $125 million in grant awards to more than 1,300 community health centers across the cou

A new federal rule could allow health insurers to exclude people who are ill or have pre-existing conditions from coverage. (pxhere)

NEW YORK - The Trump administration has cleared the way for an unprecedented expansion of inexpensive health insurance that critics say will drive prices up for more comprehensive plans. The new federal regulation allows small employers to join together to create so-called "association health plans

Civil-rights advocates say that after Monday's Supreme Court decision, forced arbitration will become standard practice for employers.  (MarkThomas/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Civil-rights advocates say a Supreme Court ruling handed down Monday will sweep many discrimination and harassment claims against employers under the rug. The ruling in Epic Systems v. Lewis says corporations can require employees to sign arbitration clauses that keep them from join

After 1978 the number of women in prison nationwide increased at twice the rate of men. (leks/Pixabay.com)

NEW YORK – Prison populations are dropping in most states, but a new study finds that the number of incarcerated women is not falling as fast as it is for men. Nationally, the total prison population peaked around 2009. The study, compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative, shows that most s

Around the country, thousands of rape kits have sat for years without being tested. (DarkoStojanovic/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – New York City is getting some federal help to eliminate its backlog of untested rape kits. The Justice Department's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative is distributing $34 million to 20 jurisdictions around the country. The grants will help test kits that have often sat in evidence lock

Nationwide, the bill would cut federal health care funding by $124 billion by 2026. (estableman/Pixabay)

NEW YORK -- Two Republican senators are working on a new bill to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, and analysts say it would hit New Yorkers hard. Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., reportedly are working with the White House on a bill that would cut Medicaid, institute a per cap

NARAL has been advocating for state laws to protect contraceptive coverage. (Pattymooney/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK -- Reproductive-rights advocates say a leaked Trump administration draft regulation threatens birth control insurance coverage for millions of women. Dated May 23, the "interim final rule" was circulated to several government agencies for comment. If put into effect as written, the rule w

New York law currently can force a pregnant woman to carry a nonviable fetus to term. (Pexels)

NEW YORK - Legislation to allow women in New York to get later abortions if their fetus isn't viable faces an uncertain future in the state Senate. The current law, written before the Roe vs. Wade decision, only allows abortions after 24 weeks if a pregnancy endangers the life of the mother. Erika

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