HEALTH

A federal judge ordered the release of a massive Drug Enforcement Administration dataset detailing just how big of a role drug companies and pharmacies have played in the country’s opioid epidemic.The data, according to the Washington Post, tracks the path of each pain pill sold in the country. Though...
Remote Area Medical, which has provided free dental, medical, vision and veterinary care to people at a yearly clinic in Wise County for two decades, says starting next year it will pull out of the area to serve "other communities in need across the United States."Just last month, more...
WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress are warning that a looming court decision could upend the Affordable Care Act and leave millions of Americans without health insurance.The case -- argued Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Louisiana -- has put the fate of the...
It was a little more than a year before he’d lose Virginia and win the presidency that Donald Trump promised a crowd at Richmond International Raceway, “We’re going to repeal Obamacare, and replace it with something that’s going to be terrific.” Today, nearly four years later, there is no replacement...
WISE — Nina Black has been coming to Remote Area Medical’s clinic in Wise for at least 12 of the 20 years it’s been running. This year was different: Black was one of about 290,000 Virginians covered under the state’s new Medicaid expansion, making 2019 the first time she’s...
Virginia's Medicaid agency on Monday outlined its strategy to meet Gov. Ralph Northam's announced goal to end the racial disparity in maternal mortality by 2025.In Virginia, black women are three times more likely than their white counterparts to suffer a pregnancy-associated death. That is due to a variety of...
Nonprofit Virginia hospitals are more likely to garnish patients’ wages if they do not pay their medical bills than their for-profit counterparts, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Though 36 percent of Virginia hospitals garnished wages in 2017, five hospitals, including four...
Not only are black women three times more likely than white women to suffer a pregnancy-associated death, the cause and manner of their deaths also varies widely.During a presentation to the Joint Commission on Health Care on Monday, Melanie Rouse, maternal mortality projects coordinator with the Virginia Department of...
President Donald Trump's administration is currently considering changing how the federal poverty line is calculated, which could mean thousands in Virginia might lose access to medical and food assistance programs.The poverty level, currently $12,490 for a single adult, is adjusted every year to account for inflation, but the new...
As state lawmakers prepare to reassemble in Richmond for a special session on gun control after the Virginia Beach shooting, this statistic will likely be repeated often: In Virginia, more than 1,000 people die due to gun violence every year.That equates to almost three people every day. Guns take...