HEALTH

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...
It used to be that Jay Taylor smoked his first cigarette — a Marlboro Red — before getting out of bed in the morning. By the time most days were over, he would have smoked three packs.Taylor worked at UNOS, which manages organ transplants, so he knew that smoking...
VCU Health, the major Richmond medical system that includes the state’s largest teaching hospital, said it will no longer file lawsuits against its patients, ending a practice that has affected tens of thousands of people over the years.VCU’s in-house physician group filed more than 56,000 lawsuits against patients for...
By Georgia Geen/ Capital News Service One person has died in Virginia from a lung injury associated with vaping, as the number of illnesses linked to e-cigarette use increases in the state and across the country, the Virginia Department of Health announced Tuesday. The death was reported by Cone Health in...
A U.S. District Court judge issued a ruling Monday upholding Virginia laws mandating an ultrasound and 24-hour waiting period prior to receiving an abortion, but striking down portions of a law mandating hospital-style building standards in clinics."The Court recognizes that the waiting period following the ultrasound adds a logistical...
In recent weeks, several states have settled opioid lawsuits brought against Purdue Pharma. Virginia isn't one them.Attorney General Mark Herring said in a release he won’t agree to a settlement until it’s in the “best interest of Virginians” and Purdue and the Sacklers “must face real, significant, personal accountability.”The...
State officials got their first look Monday at a fleet of modern new SUVs that will begin to replace the police cars that currently transport subjects of involuntary mental health detentions to psychiatric hospitals around the state.The new program has two aims: To lessen the burden on local police...
Lee County’s first Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic took place in 2014, one year after the county’s community hospital closed down.Now, even as the shuttered hospital prepares to reopen its doors as an urgent care center, RAM is gearing up to once again deliver free dental, vision and medical...