HEALTH

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How to give incarcerated people a fighting chance against opioids

BY: - June 8, 2023

By Libby Jones    The overdose crisis has wreaked havoc on the health of Virginians, claiming over 1,000 lives each year across the Commonwealth – and 107,000 across the United States. A closer look into these staggering numbers reveals an even more alarming truth: some members of society, specifically those battling opioid use disorders behind […]

Half a million people in less than a dozen states have lost Medicaid coverage since April

BY: - June 5, 2023

More than 500,000 people across 11 states have lost their Medicaid coverage since the unwinding of a policy that allowed people to stay in the program throughout the pandemic. The data, reported by the states and tracked by health policy researcher KFF, shows that of the five states providing data on people who lost Medicaid […]

Cigna, Chesapeake hospital to extend contract expiration to June 30

BY: - June 2, 2023

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center will remain in insurance giant Cigna’s network through the end of June after the two agreed to keep their contract alive beyond a previously set June 1 deadline.  “I am satisfied with the extension and hopeful that we will reach an agreement soon,” said Chesapeake Regional Healthcare President and CEO Reese […]

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A healthy lifestyle is vital for aging Virginians

BY: - May 30, 2023

By Chris Henderson As we celebrate Older Americans Month this May, it’s crucial to remember that the health and well-being of our aging population is critical to the well-being of our nation. With people living longer than ever before and America’s large baby boomer population, it’s essential to prioritize overall wellness for aging citizens to […]

Lawyer fees draw scrutiny as Camp Lejeune claims stack up

BY: - May 29, 2023

By Michelle Andrews | KFF Health News David and Adair Keller started their married life together in 1977 at Camp Lejeune, a military training base on the Atlantic Coast in Jacksonville, North Carolina. David was a Marine Corps field artillery officer then, and they lived together on the base for about six months. But that […]

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How long is too long for the VEC?

BY: - May 25, 2023

By Lisa D. Dance The pandemic is “officially” over. But, like thousands of other people in Virginia, I’m still waiting to receive my full unemployment benefits from the pandemic. I’m lucky; I can cover my bills. I worry about the people who can’t pay theirs and have waited over a year for the unemployment benefits […]

Contract dispute threatens relationship between Cigna and Chesapeake hospital

BY: - May 19, 2023

Insurance giant Cigna is poised to end its contract with Chesapeake Regional Medical Center June 1 unless the two can reach an agreement over reimbursement rates.  The move would mean that Chesapeake Regional, a public hospital in the state’s second-largest city, would no longer be considered in-network for people in the Hampton Roads region who […]

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How Medicare perpetuates privilege – not equity

BY: - May 17, 2023

By Pamela Price   Thanks to Medicare’s top official dodging questions by members of Congress, the fight for equity in American healthcare just suffered a further setback.  In late April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, appeared before the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to answer […]

Virginia to study Maryland program after backlash over disability caregiving change

BY: - May 15, 2023

After outcry from hundreds of families and letters from state Democrats, Virginia plans to study whether a Maryland program allowing certain family members to be paid for caregiving services for people with disabilities can be adopted in the commonwealth. Del. Mark Sickles, D-Arlington, a ranking member of the House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, said […]

Over 20,000 Virginians lose Medicaid coverage a month into unwinding

BY: - May 11, 2023

Since the start of April, over 20,000 Virginians have lost Medicaid coverage as part of the state’s return to normal enrollment following the end of the COVID-19 federal public health emergency.  For the past three years, anyone who was enrolled in Medicaid was allowed to keep their coverage regardless of whether or not they still […]

Abortion providers sue FDA over abortion pill restrictions in Virginia, Montana, Kansas

BY: - May 8, 2023

A group of abortion providers, including two clinics in Charlottesville and Alexandria, are suing the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to block potential new restrictions on the use of the abortion pill mifepristone in Virginia, Montana and Kansas.  The case, which was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District […]

‘Godsend’ caregiver program for Virginians with disabilities set to end this fall

BY: - May 8, 2023

Young, in love and ready to take on the world together, former U.S. Army sergeant Shane Phillips and Emily Siddens tied the knot in 2000 – unaware that a year later, a severe brain injury resulting from a car accident would leave Emily bedridden and completely dependent on others for day-to-day living. For the past […]