HEALTH

Legislation explicitly stating that the use of FDA approved birth control will not be considered abortion under state code cleared a House of Delegates committee on health care for the first time on a party-line vote, with Republican members opposing.Del. Vivian Watts, D-Fairfax, said she’d proposed the legislation for...
Republicans imposed a 24-hour-waiting period and mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions in 2012 when they last controlled both branches of the General Assembly and the Executive Mansion.Now that Democrats have locked down their own trifecta, party leaders have filed an array bills to roll those and other restrictions...
By Sarah Bedard HollandAs the 2020 legislative session begins, a recent study from Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services on emergency department use for dental issues among Medicaid recipients shows an unavoidable truth: Virginians are in desperate need of oral health care. Under Virginia’s current Medicaid program, adults in Virginia...
The last major movement in health care policy in Virginia came last year when the state opened enrollment to its expanded Medicaid program, extending insurance to more than 340,000 people to date.This year, Virginia Democrats say they want to use their new legislative majorities to build on that program...
A comprehensive review of Virginia’s worker compensation claim system concluded the state should make it easier for firefighters and other public safety employees to get benefits for job-related maladies like cancer and PTSD, among other findings.The review, conducted on behalf of state lawmakers by the Joint Legislative Audit and...
A needle exchange service in the Culpeper area has been put on hold by local health officials due to lack of police support and uncertainty around a law due to sunset next summer. The Culpeper site would be only the fifth to open in Virginia, but April Achter, the population...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a landmark health care measure Thursday that proponents say would dramatically reduce the rising cost of prescription drugs and significantly expand access to health care benefits and services.The sweeping legislation passed largely along party lines, with 230 lawmakers voting for it and 192...
By Harry Gewanter, MDBelieve it or not, there is a rare oasis of agreement in Washington, D.C.: Everyone wants to do something to stop so-called “surprise” medical bills.But, since nothing is simple in Washington (or with health care), the quest for a quick fix brings potential risks of making...
Virginia was among three states that showed marked improvement in public health from 2018 to 2019, according to a report by a national health nonprofit that ranks states based on a host of factors.The commonwealth's rank rose from 20th to 15th, joining Alaska and Wyoming as the only states...
After initially mulling a blanket prohibition on vape products in Virginia’s soon-to-launch medical marijuana market, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy is instead pursuing an emergency ban on one ingredient sometimes found in black-market products, vitamin E acetate.The sticky additive is thought to be responsible for thousands of vaping-related injuries...