HEALTH

A national study of health care costs released Thursday confirmed what many workers already know from looking at their pay stubs: Premiums and deductibles for employer-sponsored healthcare plans are rising faster than wages.The average Virginia worker’s out of pocket cost amounted to nearly 11 percent of the state’s median...
Making policy is often pretty bland and frustrating. Long hours and detailed analyses often lead to an endless spool of problems to solve, and results that can take decades to fully grasp. A hundred years ago, Max Weber called it the “strong and slow boring of hard boards,” and...
At a time when involuntary admissions to state mental hospitals are spiking, a review by state inspectors found that nearly half of the state's 13 facilities do not have an approved policy that limits hours or consecutive days of overtime for increasingly overworked nurses and other staff. The report...
Attorney General Mark Herring filed a lawsuit Thursday against the manufacturer of powerful prescription pain killers sold in lollipop form.The Food and Drug Administration approved the product only for cancer patients experiencing otherwise untreatable pain, but Herring alleges Teva Pharmaceutical and its predecessor, Cephalon, promoted them to doctors for...
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats failed on Wednesday to overturn a Trump administration policy that allows states to ignore certain requirements of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. Democrats forced a Senate floor vote on a resolution that sought to unravel the controversial Trump administration health care rule. Maine Republican...
By Eric Everington/ Capital News Service After a spike in deaths during the first half of the year, Virginia officials are projecting a record number of drug overdose fatalities in 2019. Data released Friday by Virginia’s chief medical examiner shows a big increase in deaths between January and June from overdoses of...
This year’s General Assembly elections have led to sharp exchanges between Democrats and Republicans on health care, which poll after poll has shown voters view as a top issue.But with candidates on both sides of the aisle campaigning on promises to ensure access to affordable care, it’s not always...
In response to a Kaiser Health News investigation into the University of Virginia Health System’s aggressive collection practices, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter Thursday demanding answers to questions about UVA’s billing practices, financial assistance policies and even its prices.Over six years, the state institution...
By Paulette McElwainThe Supreme Court just demonstrated exactly how crucial the Nov. 5 election will be for the future of access to safe, legal abortion in Virginia. The court announced it will review a Louisiana abortion restriction nearly identical to one of the Texas restrictions struck down by the...
The state’s largest city unanimously added a request to its legislative agenda Tuesday night to ban conversion therapy in the state.Virginia Beach’s only gay councilmember, Michael Berlucchi, and the city’s Human Rights Commission added the issue to the city’s package of statewide priorities. Being the state’s largest city puts weight...