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PNS Daily Newscast - January 27, 2021 


Biden executive orders address pollution and environmental justice; health professionals note a link between climate change and human health.


2021Talks - January 27 , 2021 


The Senate moves forward with Trump's impeachment trial; scholars question the legality of impeachment after an official is out of office.

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It is recommended that stroke patients are treated within three to four-and-a-half hours of the first sign of stroke. (Pixabay)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death and disability in Virginia, and there are two bills in the Virginia General Assembly that health advocates say will lead to more lives being saved. House Bills 1197 and 1198, by Representative T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, would collect

The JMU team won the second

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RICHMOND, Va. - University students staying up all night isn't unusual unless they're "hacking" solutions for folks who struggle to care for family members. Teams from seven Virginia colleges worked 25 hours straight in the second annual "Caring for the Caregiver Hack." James Madison University'

A new analysis suggests Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act are not straining the federal budget. (CBPP)

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RICHMOND, Va. - Critics of expanding Virginia's Medicaid charge the health program for the poor is unsustainably expensive. A new analysis suggests it's not. Although the federal government will pay for almost all of covering the working poor under Medicaid, the critics say the cost will rise unti

Nurse practitioners say Virginia's General Assembly is missing a chance to improve medical care in under-served parts of the state. (Virginia General Assembly)

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RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia General Assembly is missing an opportunity to bring care to medically under-served parts of the state, nurse practitioners say. Going into the session, several bills would have loosened regulations and let mid-level medical providers operate in the mostly rural areas w

A third of those who would get health coverage if Virginia expanded Medicaid are parents, and most of them work. (Georgetown University Health Policy Institutešs Center for Children and Families)

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RICHMOND, Va. - By not expanding Medicaid to cover working poor adults, Virginia also is shortchanging thousands of children, according to a new study. Georgetown researchers looked at families in the coverage gap, making too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford insurance on

GRAPHIC: Tuesday is caregivers day at the General Assembly in Richmond, and caregivers from around the commonwealth say they want to make sure they get clear instructions on how to look after loved ones when discharged from a facility. Graphic courtesy of AARP.

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RICHMOND, Va. - Residents who care for loved ones at home are flooding the General Assembly this week to ask commonwealth lawmakers to honor their unpaid work, and help them do their caregiving work better. Today is Caregivers' Day at the capitol, and residents like Diane Rainier of Virginia Beach

PHOTO: Margaret Nimmo Crowe with Voices for Virginia's Children says an event Thursday in Charlottesville will be a chance for an important, ongoing conversation about how Virginia should handle children's mental health needs. Picture by Ashley Everette, courtesy of Voices for Virginia's Children.

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RICHMOND, Va. - With reforms underway in Virginia for children's mental health services, lawmakers and advocates want to hear from people dealing with the issues every day. Voices For Virginia's Children is hosting a community conversation Thursday in Charlottesville. Executive director Margaret

GRAPHIC: AARP is calling on Virginians to recognize and support the contributions of unpaid family caregivers. The logo of AARP's AARP.org/iheartcaregivers website courtesy of the organization.

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RICHMOND, Va. - It's a tough and lonely role to play. Unpaid family caregivers say they're quietly meeting a growing need, and Virginians should do more to support them. Andy Butler is a northern Virginia man caring for his wife, who is bedridden with Multiple Sclerosis. He says with people living

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