HEALTH

A new program lets 160,000 state employees price shop for medical procedures, such as mammograms or colonoscopies, and if they choose a cheaper option, they pocket some of the difference.The shared savings program could save the state money — Kentucky started something similar that saved it $10 million between...
More than a year since they became legal in Virginia, the state's second needle exchange program is scheduled to open in Richmond at the end of the month.Health Brigade, formerly the Fan Free Clinic, in Richmond's Museum District, will be the second in the state to open a comprehensive...
Conversion therapy, aimed at changing sexual orientation, has been widely deemed ineffective and potentially harmful by nearly every medical professional organization — yet it’s still legal in most of the country, including Virginia.Efforts to outlaw its use on minors by licensed professionals over the past five years have been stymied...
So far this year there have been 38 cases of West Nile virus in Virginia, a new record for the state.On average, Virginia reports only about nine cases per year, according to the Department of Health.The cases have been spotted in 17 health districts across the state, with Fairfax...
The price tag attached to the proposed Medicaid work requirement that is making its way through a public comment period now could be as high as $25 million, according to the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis.And meanwhile, the institute, a liberal-leaning nonprofit that performs fiscal and policy analysis, estimates...
In an effort to improve access to family-planning options, the state has awarded $6 million to 12 health care organizations across Virginia so they can provide long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to their patients through May 2020.The program, dubbed the Virginia LARC initiative, is meant to help reduce unintended pregnancies,...
Gov. Ralph Northam's new bipartisan advisory commission to tackle opioid addiction across the state, which met for the first time last week, includes more than two dozen local government officials, law enforcement, lawyers, medical experts and regular people who have seen family members battle opioid addiction.The Governor’s Advisory Commission on...
President Donald Trump signed into law a bipartisan amendment backed by Virginia Sen. Mark Warner aimed at improving the early detection of black lung, a common disease among coal miners.The amendment requires the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to provide Congress with a report on how to...
It’s been more than 20 years since Michel Burke-Barnes and Margaret Burke last saw their brother. But in that time, they thought and prayed about him a lot. They wondered: Was he okay? Was somebody taking care of him?They knew he was living at Jones & Jones Assisted Living...
A group of lawmakers is weighing whether teachers merit an extra level of protection during child abuse investigations.For most cases, an allegation is considered founded if child protective services investigators determine that the alleged abuse or neglect actually occurred based on the available evidence.But if the alleged act took...