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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2020 


A new report sizes up swing states like Michigan; voters with disabilities face new obstacles in Election 2020.


2020Talks - October 21, 2020 


Democrats weigh boycotting the committee vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee; and concerns over mail slowdowns in 10 battleground states.

Public News Service - WY: Senior

In 2016, 81% of registered voters in Wyoming age 70-79 voted. In that same time period, just 34% percent of voters between the age of 18 and 24 cast ballots. (Erik Hersman/Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- On Monday, the nation's largest advocacy group for people age 50 and over launched a new voter mobilization campaign. AARP wants to ensure older Americans can vote safely during the coronavirus pandemic, and that local, state and federal candidates are listening to their top concer

A Wyoming law passed in 2019 requires all air-ambulance insurance or membership companies to be certified with the state, to ensure that companies are legitimate and have enough money to pay claims.(Adamwaa/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming officials have received a lot of phone calls from consumers across the state who are confused about the availability and potential out-of-pocket costs of emergency air ambulance service. Denise Burke, senior policy and planning analyst for the Wyoming Department of Insura

Wyoming's Consumer Protection Unit is actively monitoring unlawful attempts to exploit the COVID-19 public health emergency, including unfair price increases for essential goods and false marketing of coronavirus cures. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Criminals are finding new ways to separate Wyoming residents from their money, and are using federal coronavirus stimulus checks as bait. Mark Klaassen, U.S. attorney for the District of Wyoming, says scammers seize on times of crisis, when people are afraid and looking for hope

Census numbers are used to allocate political representation and to determine how many federal tax dollars are sent back to states for education and health programs, transportation, infrastructure and more. (US Census Bureau)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Impostor scams continue to target older Americans, and with the upcoming 2020 census, a large number of Wyoming residents could be receiving phony census contacts fishing for personal information that can result in fraud or identity theft. Sam Shumway, state director of AARP Wyomi

Wyoming's retired firefighters, teachers and other public sector workers have lost an estimated 21% of their spending power since the last pension inflation adjustment in 2008. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The cost of health care, groceries and housing has increased dramatically since 2008, the last time Wyoming's retired public employees saw an inflation adjustment in their monthly pension checks, and many are having trouble keeping up. Last week, Wyoming lawmakers passed House Bi

In 2015, Medicare beneficiaries spent $27 billion in out-of-pocket drug costs. (Needpix)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A state and national campaign led by AARP to rein in rising prescription drug prices is making headway, and Wyoming lawmakers say they are getting the message, especially from folks living on fixed incomes. Sam Shumway, AARP Wyoming state director, said the median income for Medica

The 12% reduction in Wyoming state pension checks due to rising healthcare costs equals about four tanks of gas and a half-month's worth of groceries. (Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – On December 1, retired public employees in Wyoming saw a 12% increase in the cost of their health coverage, which is taken directly out of their monthly pension checks. Retirees receive, on average, $1,600 in pension benefits a month, and Betty Jo Beardsley – executive

In 2019, the state Legislature increased funding for Wyoming Senior Centers by $225,000. (Knox County Gov/Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Some 74,000 unpaid caregivers in Wyoming provide an estimated 62 million hours of care each year, valued at $980 million, according to AARP's latest Valuing the Invaluable report. Sam Shumway, state director of AARP Wyoming, says caregivers are a crucial component of the hea

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