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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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SALT LAKE CITY – Proponents of a new statewide ballot initiative are in the signature-collecting phase, and say they hope to bring local control to the health care debate. The "Utah Decides Healthcare" proposal would expand Medicaid coverage to individuals and families in Utah with incomes be

Almost a third of older Americans who deduct medical expenses earn less than $50,000 a year. (Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Seniors could get a break from a looming "health tax" hike set to kick in next year, if a new bipartisan bill making its way through the U.S. Senate clears Congress. Laura Polacheck, communications director for AARP Utah, says the seniors advocacy group is working to educate

Unpaid family caregivers in Utah provide $4.2 billion worth of care a year. (Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah ranks 24th nationally when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but the state is facing significant challenges including a rapidly aging population - according to a new state-by-state scorecard. Laura Polacheck, commun

When Utah Food Bank volunteers visit seniors at home to check in and make sure everything is okay, they also deliver boxes of food to help stretch limited budgets. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – April is National Senior Hunger Awareness Month, and Utahns are rising to the challenge. More than 10 million Americans age 60 and older are at risk of hunger every day, according to the National Council on Aging. Ginette Bott, chief development officer with the Utah Food

AARP has joined a growing chorus of groups objecting to a new bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. (Ted Eytan/Wikimedia Commons)

SALT LAKE CITY - Opposition to the GOP's proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act is swelling, and the nation's largest advocacy group for people age 50 and older is stepping into the fray. Laura Polacheck, communications director for AARP Utah, said the plan would shorten the life of Medicare,

AARP is launching a new campaign to convince members of Congress to keep President Donald Trump's commitment to safeguard Medicare. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – The nation's largest senior advocacy group, AARP, is launching a campaign to block congressional efforts to turn Medicare into a voucher system. Laura Polacheck, the communications director for AARP Utah, says with GOP control of the White House and both chambers of Congress

Utah candidates for local and state office are facing off this week in debates. (Kichigin/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utahans are getting a break between presidential debates to learn more about how local candidates plan to address education, health care, public lands and other issues in the state. A non-partisan debate series kicked off this week and goes until Monday. It’s sponsored

Seniors will be watching the first presidential debate for detailed plans on Social Security. (iStockphoto/LarryHW)

SALT LAKE CITY – Social Security reform can be a hotly debated issue, especially during presidential elections. But once in office, officials rarely want to touch what some call the "third rail" of U.S. politics. The last time the program was adjusted to ensure long-term solvency was during th

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