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Public News Service - PA: Health Issues

SB 780 would require insurance companies to cover telemedicine-provided health services. (Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – With the state legislative session coming to a close, advocates are still hoping a bill that would expand options for Pennsylvanians to get health care will get a final vote. Senate Bill 780 would require insurance companies to offer coverage for telemedicine services prov

ORSANCO has managed pollution controls on the entire Ohio River system since 1948. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

PITTSBURGH – The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission will vote this week on a proposal that critics say would weaken environmental protections along the river. The Ohio River is used heavily for transportation and recreation and is the source of drinking water for 5 million people.

The oil and gas industry is the largest industrial source of methane pollution in the United States. (olafpictures/pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Clean-air advocates are vowing to fight the latest proposal to roll back regulations on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler wants to reduce the frequency of monitoring for methane leaks at oil and

Only 41 percent of eligible elderly households are participating in SNAP. (USDA)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Congress is debating changes that would tighten access to SNAP, the federal nutrition program that helps 1.8 million Pennsylvanians get the food they need to stay healthy. The Farm Bill, which includes SNAP, is set to expire on September 30. House Republicans have passed a

The Environmental Protection Agency's new plan would allow states to determine how much carbon pollution their coal-fired power plants can emit, and some could increase pollution levels. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Environmental Protection Agency's plan to weaken one of the Obama administration's signature environmental proposals would violate the Clean Air Act, some advocacy groups say. The goal of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent. The E

Last year, 870,000 Pennsylvanians used community health centers for their primary care. (Alterfines/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Community health centers in Pennsylvania 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 th

Tick-borne diseases are increasing as climate change increases summer temperatures. (Kaldari[CC0]/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Climate change already is affecting summers here in Pennsylvania and across the country, according to a new report. The National Wildlife Federation report said rising temperatures, droughts and severe weather all are effects of climate change, contributing to crop loss, flash flo

Nationally, almost 3 million children go to school or daycare within a half-mile of oil and gas facilities. (pxhere/CC BY 2.0)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department are rolling back regulations for pollution from oil and gas facilities, and a new report says that's putting children at risk. The report, from Moms Clean Air Force, lays out what it claims are the consequences of

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