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PNS Daily Newscast - October 28, 2020 

A technical error rejected your ballot? Take action. Plus, doctors sound off on harmful health impacts of tailpipe emissions.

2020Talks - October 28, 2020 

The window is closing to mail ballots in states like GA, MI and WI that require them to be received before Election Day. Experts recommend going in-person if possible.

Public News Service - WV: Senior

Medicaid expansion for the Affordable Care Act has helped more West Virginians receive treatment for substance-abuse disorders. (Adobe stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As the Supreme Court gets set to hear another challenge to the Affordable Care Act in November, experts say taking away the federal health insurance plan - especially during a pandemic - will hit West Virginians hard. The state's attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, is part of

Voters in West Virginia must now go online to request an application for an absentee ballot. Critics of the system say it's tougher for older voters and those without internet access. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The ACLU is calling on West Virginia's secretary of state to automatically mail absentee voter applications, as was done for the June primary. As it stands now, for the November election, for the first time in the state's election history, voters need to access the voting appli

Patients can verify if a purported drug shortage is real by checking the Food and Drug Administration's Drug Shortage database. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Anecdotal reports show that prices have risen for a number of common drugs because of the COVID-19 crisis. So one senior advocacy group is offering advice on how to find the best deal. Mary Johnson, Social Security and Medicare policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League s

Millions of older Americans who receive Medicare can now access telemedicine services, even if they're not living in rural areas. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With West Virginia reporting its first case of exposure to the new coronavirus this week, the use of telemedicine could be vital to keeping the state's older residents safe. Stephen Davis, associate professor at the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is conductin

The Obamacare replacement backed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price would be bad for rural areas, analysts say. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Congressional Budget Office figures show the main GOP replacement for Obamacare would have a negative impact on rural areas, and especially on older residents. The House's American Health Care Act would let insurance companies charge up to 40 percent more for folks in the

Budget watchers say priorities such as road repairs could go underfunded if the state closes its budget gap entirely or mostly through cuts. (Protect WV)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is warning against trying to close the state's $600 million budget gap entirely or mostly through cuts. Governor Jim Justice wants to raise $450 million in new revenue - with about half of that coming from increased business tax

A proposal for how Congress should handle tax and spending questions could bring automatic cuts to Social Security and Medicare. (Martin Falbisoner/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va -- New budget rules proposed for Congress could bring deep, automatic cuts to benefit programs for seniors that had been exempt from those kinds of cuts until now. House budget chair Tom Price, R-Ga., has said he would like to see reductions in Social Security and Medicare benefit

Studies suggest medical marijuana may reduce the use, and abuse, of opioid prescriptions, which has been a serious problem in West Virginia. (Cannabis Training University/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Medical marijuana may reduce opioid painkiller use and abuse, three separate studies suggest. Tara Holmes studied the issue this summer for the West Virginia Center On Budget and Policy. She said one of the studies that noted the clear benefits of medical marijuana was t

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