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Trump says he is not buying U.S. intelligence as he meets with Putin. Also on the rundown: as harvest nears farmers speak out on tariffs; immigrant advocates say families should not be kept in cages; and a call for a deeper dive to the Lake Erie algae troubles.

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Public News Service - VA: Senior Issues

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a pediatrician who made Medicaid expansion a centerpiece of his campaign in 2017, is expected to sign the legislation soon. (Twenty20/Esther Visier)

RICHMOND, Va. – Last week's vote on the state budget ended years of partisan gridlock over whether the Commonwealth should expand the publicly funded health-care program for the poor known as Medicaid. Now the focus turns to the challenge of getting more than 400,000 residents covered. A fig

Savings under the House Medicaid expansion proposal would go to public education, with more than $69 million in additional Virginia Lottery proceeds for K-12 school districts to spend as they see fit, without requiring local matching money. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — A major roadblock to Medicaid expansion has been removed in the Virginia House of Delegates, as the Republican-controlled chamber included the expansion in the state budget proposal on Sunday. The budget represents a dramatic political turnaround by the House, and a show of b

HJ 103 requests the Virginia Retirement System to study the feasibility and merits of a state-run retirement savings plan for employers and their employees who do not have access to an employer-provided retirement savings plan. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — A survey by AARP shows a vast majority of Virginians have something in common: They don't feel financially prepared for retirement. The telephone survey conducted in January of registered Virginia voters ages 18-64 who are in the workforce found that many workers don't believ

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

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 Lynchburg College Caring for the Caregivers hackathon team beat groups from six other universities at the third annual event. (Lynchburg College)

RICHMOND, Va. -- College students who won a recent hacking contest say they they now have a phone app to help family caregivers that they feel is worth putting on the market. The team from Lynchburg College won the third annual Caring for the Caregivers hackathon - co-sponsored by AARP - in early

The healthcare bill passed in the U.S. House repeals protections for people with preexisting conditions, and rules against annual and lifetime coverage limits. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – The healthcare bill just passed by Republicans in the U.S. House is facing opposition from groups representing doctors, hospitals and seniors. The American Medical Association, American Hospital Association and AARP all are sharply criticizing the revised American Health Care

Social Security took American seniors from being the highest poverty age group to one of the most secure.(Social Security Works)

RICHMOND, Va. -- A proposal to change how Social Security is funded is being attacked as a sneaky way of undermining the program. The Trump administration is floating what's been described as a trial balloon - end the separate payroll taxes deducted for Social Security and replace them with genera

The Congressional Budget Office report indicates that the American Health Care Act could prompt another health-insurance crisis in the U.S. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

RICHMOND, Va. – Despite repeated promises that the replacement for Obamacare would be better, groups digging into the official projections say they show the replacement legislation puts the country back where it was before reform. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the GOP plan to

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