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Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - OR: Welfare Reform

About 688,000 people are expected to be affected by new rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Trump administration's new rule tightening work restrictions for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is drawing strong criticism from hunger-fighting groups. The finalized U.S. Department of Agriculture rule undoes the ability of states to issue waivers on the

A proposed rule change from the USDA could mean 60,000 fewer Oregonians would receive SNAP benefits, potentially straining resources like food banks. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Anti-hunger advocates are pushing back against a Trump administration proposal that could kick more than three million people off food stamps. Under the current rule, qualified recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families are automatically enrolled in the Supplement

While food pantries help thousands of Oregonians, Oregon Food Bank notes that SNAP feeds 12 times more people than pantries do. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The federal government's proposed changes to food assistance eligibility has hunger fighting groups across the nation concerned. The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to take away states' ability to issue waivers suspending the three-month limit over three years for the S

More people might rely on food pantries and charitable groups if a work requirement proposal for SNAP is approved. (Compassion Connect/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hunger-fighting groups thought a work requirement for food stamp recipients was dead after it was taken out of the Farm Bill. But the Trump administration has revived it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed to undo states' ability to issue waivers on the three-month

A new report ranks Oregon fourth overall among states for its long-term care system. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon ranks fourth in the nation for providing long-term care options for its residents, according to a report released today. The report measures the care available in states based on accessibility, choice and quality, and also assesses their support for family caregivers and the tr

Over the next decade, 24 million people could lose their health coverage under the GOP's plan, according to a Congressional Budget Office report. (PeopleImages/iStock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Republican Party's health care bill is moving through Congress, but opposition from organizations and even from inside the party itself is growing. AARP has come out against the American Health Care Act as well, saying it will hurt many Americans in a variety of ways. Jerry C

AARP is launching a campaign to protect Medicare as Congress considers making changes to the program. (GlynLowe.com/Flickr)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Even though President Trump promised during his campaign to protect Medicare, lawmakers in Congress are signaling that they would like to make changes. In response, AARP is launching a campaign to protect the program, which serves more than 700,000 Oregonians. Medford resident Don

Earlier this year, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill that will help low-income citizens of Pacific Island nations get health insurance. (Oregon DOT/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Open enrollment for healthcare plans has begun, and for the first time in two decades low income Pacific Islanders in Oregon are eligible for coverage as well. Earlier this year, low income citizens of the Compact of Free Association, or COFA, nations of Micronesia, the Marshall

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