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PNS Daily Newscast - June 17, 2019 


Trump once again floats the idea of being president beyond two terms. Also on the Monday rundown: A new national report ranks children's well-being, from coast to coast; and a Family Care Act gains support.

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Public News Service - UT: Health

Utah legislators are asking the federal government to approve their modified Medicaid expansion plan that would cover fewer people and could also save the state money. (Wikimedia Commons)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utahans can comment over the next few weeks on a proposed federal 1115 Waiver that the state needs to implement partial Medicaid expansion. Officials with the Utah Legislature are seeking federal approval of the plan they came up with to replace the full Medicaid expansion Ut

Air quality in Salt Lake City turns dangerous each winter when a natural air inversion traps pollution from coal-fired power plants and other sources in the atmosphere. (WikimediaCommons)

SALT LAKE CITY — Members of Moms Clean Air Force testified Monday before the Environmental Protection Agency over plans to roll back protections on toxic air pollutants. More than 30 moms from 15 states condemned a Trump administration proposal to weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard, ca

When the Utah Legislature convenes next week, some members say they plan to

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah voters approved a ballot measure last year to enact full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, bringing health care to 100,000 lower-income residents. But that isn't the last word. A bloc of conservative state lawmakers, saying there isn't enough money to pay for th

Utah lawmakers ignored the results of a statewide proposition on medical marijuana and recently rewrote the bill the way they wanted it. (Twenty20)

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah voters on Nov. 6 approved Proposition 2 to allow medical marijuana to be dispensed in the state. But that didn't stop some of the bill's opponents from going to state lawmakers and getting the measure rewritten more to their liking. On Monday, a special session of the Republic

Utah is one of four states deciding whether to expand its Medicaid program in the 2018 elections. (makelessnoise/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah voters will decide next week whether to expand Medicaid access to more low-income people in the state. A new report measures just how much that would impact Utahns' lives and pocketbooks. The report from the Center for American Progress said Medicaid expansion in Utah wou

Latin American Weeks of Health events in Utah include women's health services, mobile clinics and a free health fair. (thegoldenmonocle/Twenty20)

SALT LAKE CITY - Cities in Utah and nationwide this month are promoting health care in Latin American communities. The American health-care system is complicated and can seem even more so for people new to the country or who don't speak English. Yehemy Zavala Orosco, preventive-health manager

Adults living in rural areas are projected to benefit most if Utah expands access to Medicaid. (Vongan/Twenty20)

SALT LAKE CITY - The rate of people without health insurance in rural Utah communities is far higher than the rate in cities, but a recent report suggests that expanding Medicaid would change that. According to the report, Utah's urban-rural uninsured gap is among the widest in the country; 31

Voters in Utah will decide whether to expand Medicaid health coverage to people making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $16,750 a year. (Morgan/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY - It probably will be November before Utahns know if or how much Medicaid will be expanded in the state. The Trump administration reportedly is delaying decisions on states' Medicaid-expansion requests until after the midterm elections. In those midterms, Utah voters could pass a lar

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