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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


The GOP leadership puts their efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the land and water conservation fund.

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Public News Service - TN: Health Issues

Texas v. U.S. is projected by legal scholars to be the most important case on the U.S. Supreme Court's docket this season. (Phil Roeder/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The future of the Affordable Care Act rests in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court in a case brought to the court by the state of Texas. While both are hundreds of miles away from Tennessee, the outcome is expected to have an impact on the coverage and protections Tennesse

Health insurance premiums in Tennessee will increase by at least one-third for many people next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. (Lira_n4/Twenty20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans who have to purchase their own health insurance plans can expect to dig even deeper next year to pay for them. The Congressional Budget Office estimates a 31- to 54-percent premium spike. Tennessee is one of the states that didn't opt to expand Medicaid under

Elizabeth Clarke of Unicoi County rings the victory bell at the Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center – a traditional rite of passage when patients complete their treatment. (Elizabeth Clarke)

ERWIN, Tenn. – There's one last hope for Tennesseans who might benefit from a state-of-the-art cancer treatment. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed the Cancer Patient Choice Act late last week, but there's talk of a possible special session to override his veto. The legislation would manda

Tennessee is leading many neighboring southern states in the reduction of opioid prescriptions and,  most recently, legislation to work to curb addiction. (Twenty20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This week, Tennessee stands out among many other states in the country – with the most comprehensive and restrictive laws around opioid prescriptions. The legislation (Senate Bill 2257/House Bill 1831) proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam in January became law this week and

Tennis star Serena Williams reportedly had problems getting doctors to take her medical issues seriously upon the birth of her child last year. (motivationforgood/Pixabay)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Black women are three to four times more likely to die during childbirth than white women. It's just one startling statistic that has prompted the creation of the nation's first "Black Maternal Health Week," which started on Wednesday. A group known as the Black Mamas Matt

There are more than 435,000 caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias in Tennessee. (Marianne/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thhe Tennessee General Assembly this week is expected to approve a resolution that would declare Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias a public health issue. The state ranks seventh in the country for Alzheimer's deaths. While Alzheimer's has long been viewed as an agin

Experts say that when touring a nursing home, pay attention to things such as the nurse-to-patient ratio, and the availability of information for residents. (Ulrich Joho/flickr)

LIMESTONE, Tenn. – This month, the Tennessee Department of Health suspended new admissions of residents at a Limestone, Tenn., nursing home – citing complaints made regarding nursing services, medical records and pharmaceutical services. But how do you know if you're placing your loved o

Insurance companies predict at least a 10 percent increase in health coverage costs after Congress did not include premium funding in its spending bill this week. (Pictures of Money/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Will the tens of thousands of Tennesseans covered under the Affordable Care Act have coverage in future years? The answer is uncertain after a bill crafted by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., failed to make it into the spending bill advanced in

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