HEALTH

Health experts in Fairfax County are releasing few details on the state’s first two presumed positive cases of novel coronavirus.But they did tell Virginians that the risk to the general population is “extremely low” in a news conference that left several questions unanswered, including the name of the cruise...
One of the biggest bills of the year is one nobody is talking about, Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, wrote in a tweet on Friday — a hard cap on the price of insulin in Virginia.Insurers are now limited to charging a maximum of $50 a month for the...
It took weeks of negotiations to settle on an end to balance billing, a much-loathed feature of Virginia’s medical system that’s been locked in a legislative deadlock for years.Lawmakers were jubilant on Thursday as both the House and Senate unanimously passed identical legislation to remove the risk of surprise...
WASHINGTON — The liberal wing of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared highly skeptical of a Louisiana law that restricts abortion access as the justices heard oral arguments Wednesday in a high-stakes case that could open the door for additional abortion limitations around the country.But the court’s conservative majority —...
Pharmacy benefit managers are claiming drug prices will go up if Gov. Ralph Northam signs two bills (HB1290 and SB251) that overwhelmingly passed both General Assembly houses. These identical bills would license PBMs under the Bureau of Insurance and address some of their business practices. The most interesting part...
Legislation to update Virginia’s vaccination requirements for schoolchildren is on its way to the governor’s desk after the House voted 54-44 to approve a Senate-amended version of the bill.The final version adds four new vaccines to the state’s immunization schedule, which hasn’t been updated since 2008. Meningitis, hepatitis A,...
By Awesta Sarkash As the Virginia Assembly entered its last week of the 2020 session, I had hoped that state legislators were prepared to make good on their promises of protecting affordable health care for small business and all Virginians. Yet, late in the day on Monday, the General Assembly...
Gov. Ralph Northam and state health officials repeatedly reiterated a reassuring message throughout their first news conference on COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that’s spread to 16 states and at least 129 patients since cases of the virus first emerged in the United States in January.“Virginia is not an area...
In a year when the General Assembly passed sweeping LGBTQ-friendly legislation, it's a relatively low-profile health bill that has opponents questioning whether the state is going too far in its protections for transgender Virginians.The Senate Commerce and Labor committee voted 12-2 on Monday to report a bill from Del....
Two bills in the Virginia General Assembly are aimed at giving pharmacists greater authority to prescribe and administer certain medications But House and Senate lawmakers can't agree on the best version, all but assuring a closed-door fight for compromise.