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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

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

Many small businesses in Pennsylvania say they don't offer employee retirement plans because they are too costly. (jarmoluk/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania small business owners are concerned that their workers aren't saving for retirement, according to a new poll by AARP of Pennsylvania. And the poll shows, the business owners think the state should help. Nationally, only 1 in 20 workers opens a private retireme

The new Medicare cards have an 11-digit Beneficiary Identifier number. (Medicare.gov)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Medicare is sending out new identification cards that no longer display enrollees' Social Security numbers. Pennsylvania residents will be among the first to receive the new cards that assign each person a randomly generated eleven-digit number. Joanne Grossi, president of

HB 2133 would create a 24/7 toll-free hotline and statewide website to help kinship caregivers. (janeb13/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A bill in the General Assembly could help thousands of Pennsylvania grandparents who are raising their children's children. Fueled in part by the opioid epidemic, some 82,000 grandparents care for more than 89,000 grandchildren in the Keystone State. Foster parents receive

Studies show that SNAP benefits help families purchase healthier diets. (TeroVesalainen/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report links access to SNAP benefits to improved health and lower health care costs. The paper, published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, compiles studies of the health status of low-income people who receive assistance through the Supplemental Nutritio

Email links could be phishing scams so itís best to enter store web addresses directly. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Holiday shopping is in full swing and so are shopping scams, but there are ways you can protect yourself. The basic rule of defensive shopping is: if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Mary Bach, chair of AARP's Consumer Issues Task Force, cautions that som

Senate GOP leadership wants to bring the tax-reform bill to a vote this week. (Scrumshus/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – New Numbers from the Congressional Budget Office show poor Americans would be hurt even more by the Senate GOP tax plan than originally forecast. The CBO found that those with earnings of more than $100,000 would do quite well. But by 2019, Americans earning less than $30,0

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