HEALTH

A new national state health ranking places Virginia 29th in the country, though that was good enough to finish ahead of every other state in the southeast.Using 47 measures, including those related to quality and access to health care as well as income-based disparities, the newly-released Commonwealth Fund’s 2019...
Virginia's success in evading the measles this year might be at an end.Health departments in Northern Virginia are currently investigating a possible case of the highly contagious disease involving a child who traveled internationally, though the case is not related to the ongoing outbreaks in other parts of the...
On Wednesday, Virginia Medicaid members came to the program's downtown Richmond headquarters to share their experiences with the state agency that manages their care.Many represented their kids, who have physical and developmental disabilities. Some represented brothers or mothers-in-law with health problems, and still others represented themselves.This year, the Department...
Black women are three times more likely to suffer a pregnancy-related death in Virginia than white women.The racial divide in maternal mortality is a national trend that has increasingly received more attention, and on Wednesday Gov. Ralph Northam announced a new state goal of eliminating the disparity by 2025. “A...
A majority of the roughly 280,000 people who now have health care under Virginia’s expansion of Medicaid live in localities won by President Donald Trump, who campaigned on eliminating federal funding for expansion by repealing the Affordable Care Act.In 60 cities and counties, more than five percent of the...
Virginia's mental health system is struggling. It offers people seeking treatment few community resources and relies heavily on crisis care that has forced state hospitals to regularly operate dangerously close to full capacity.And children seeking treatment are facing the same problems, with one big difference. Only one state psychiatric...
More than 280,000 people have signed up for Medicaid now that Virginia has expanded the program, and the state is starting to get a clearer picture of what sort of illnesses the new enrollees are dealing with.According to new data that Dr. Jennifer Lee, director of the state's Medicaid...
When James Murdoch Sr., was living in Maryland, his family didn’t have trouble accessing care for their young son, who was diagnosed with autism when he was two.“Say you open one door, six more open after that,” Murdoch, now a Tappahannock resident, said of Maryland. “Whereas, in Virginia, it...
During the first day of a trial on a lawsuit challenging several Virginia abortion regulations, witnesses zeroed in on the safety of the medical procedure and the proficiency of non-physician clinicians.The case targets four of the state's abortion regulations, several of which have been on the books for more...
Virginia has seen 272,527 adults enroll in Medicaid under the state's expansion of the program, surpassing even its own expectations.The state estimated that fewer than 200,000 adults would be enrolled in coverage from January to June of this year, according to a report by Freddy Mejia of the Commonwealth...