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PNS Daily News- February 15, 2019 


Shutdown averted and a national emergency declaration; A push in Iowa for virtual caucus attendance for 2020 primaries; and concerns about legislation that could hide oil pipeline records. Those stories and more in today’s news.

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Public News Service - TX: Poverty Issues

Many of the state's 5 million uninsured residents end up seeking care in hospital emergency rooms, where costs are much higher. (U.S.  Army)

HOUSTON – Unless Texas lawmakers make significant changes to health policies, the number of Texans without health insurance is projected to rise, according to a new report released by the Episcopal Health Foundation. Foundation spokesman Brian Sasser says the report paints a clearer picture

For 2018 insurance, 85 percent of Texans who signed up on Healthcare.gov received financial assistance to bring down the cost of their health plans. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas - To enroll for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Texans must sign up at Healthcare.gov by no later than this Saturday. Stacey Pogue, senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, said community organizations across the state have experts standing by

Three in four kids who lost health coverage in 2017 live in states, including Texas, that have not expanded Medicaid coverage. (USAF)

AUSTIN, Texas – For the first time in a decade, the number of uninsured children in the United States has gone up. According to a new Georgetown University report, the number of uninsured kids rose by more than 275,000 in 2017, and nearly 4 million children in the U.S. now lack coverage. Tex

A coalition of organizations is working to launch a large-scale Double Up Food Bucks program soon in Houston. (Pxhere)

LUBBOCK, Texas — One-in-four Texas children is food insecure, meaning he or she frequently doesn't know where the next meal will come from. But a program launched in Detroit to help more struggling families access healthy food is starting to take root in Texas. "Double Up Food Bucks" lets re

In Texas, 30 percent of kids younger than age 5 live in hard-to-count census tracts. These 582,000 children are at risk of being overlooked in the upcoming 2020 census. (AECF)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas ranks 43rd in child well-being – which makes it one of the ten worst states for kids, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report ranks states for indicators of health, education, economic well-being and family and community.

About 17 percent of people in Texas don't have health insurance, the highest rate in the nation. (Delia Truta/Twenty20)

HOUSTON – Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the nation, according to census data. So one nonprofit is launching a big effort to try to get more Texans access to health services. The Episcopal Health Foundation is investing $10 million in dozens of health programs in Texas. A

A new study shows that the number of women sent to prisons in Texas has increased by more than 900 percent since 1980. (Alina555/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Prison reform advocates say too many of the 12,000 women in Texas prisons don't need to be behind bars. A study by the nonpartisan Texas Criminal Justice Coalition finds that more than two-thirds of the state's female inmates were convicted of nonviolent offenses and recommen

Congress must approve a new budget by Thursday to keep the federal government open. One of many items at stake is funding for Community Health Centers that serve people who are low-income or uninsured. (C-SPAN)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – More than 1 million uninsured Texans are in limbo, waiting for Congress to approve funding for the neighborhood clinics known as Community Health Centers. Lawmakers face a Thursday deadline to approve a new budget to avoid another federal government shutdown. The Feder

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