The Bulletin

Hospital price transparency in Virginia and more state headlines

By: - July 25, 2022 7:57 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

•​​​​ U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris met with a group of Democratic Virginia legislators Saturday in Henrico, urging them to protect abortion rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision.—Richmond Times-Dispatch, VPM

•​​​​ Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.8%, the lowest it’s been since before the pandemic, but staffing problems persist.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

•​​​​ The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is expected to become available to Virginians in mid-August.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

•​​​​ In response to a federal requirement and a state law, Virginia hospitals are publishing their prices. But the information can be hard for patients to find and interpret.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

•​​​​ Virginia lawmakers frequently pass legislation that has otherwise died by inserting provisions into the budget. Transparency advocates say that cuts the public out of the legislative process.—Virginian-Pilot

•​​​​ Virginia landlords are waiting months for rent relief payments they’ve applied for on behalf of tenants under a program established during the pandemic.—WRIC

•​​​​ A report found Norfolk and Richmond have the highest rates of incarceration in the state. Within Norfolk, nine neighborhoods have incarceration rates two to five times higher than the city rate.—Virginian-Pilot

•​​​​ A labor union in Northern Virginia is pushing Alexandria City Council to require higher wages at new hotels or else block them from being developed.—Washington Post

•​​​​ “Richmond has drawn international attention for its efforts to confront the legacy of slavery and the Civil War…But the work of ridding public spaces of ‘Lost Cause’ symbols remains incomplete two years after the first monument came down.”—Washington Post

•​​​​ “Bodycam videos, police reports and other materials connected to the city of Richmond’s aggressive response to protesters in June 2020 have been made public through the Library of Virginia” as part of a legal settlement.—Associated Press

•​​​​ Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is withholding some public records related to a press conference he held this month about an alleged mass shooting plot police say they foiled.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

•​​​​ “Newport News purchased 1,500 acres for a reservoir it never built. Now it’s selling off the land at a fraction of the price.”—Virginian-Pilot

•​​​​ Bristol’s newly opened casino took in more than $37.5 million in bets during its first week of operation.—Associated Press

•​​​​ A new book looks at the memories of Appalachian residents who were forced by the federal government in the 1900s to leave their land to make way for national parks and hydroelectric projects.—WVTF

•​​​​ A rare book by Thomas Jefferson published three years after his death was left in the donation box of a Virginia Beach library.—Virginian-Pilot

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