HEALTH

By Kim BoboVirginia’s failure to require employers to offer paid sick days, combined with the coronavirus outbreak, could contribute to a public health emergency. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control warns that a coronavirus outbreak  in America is “imminent.”  In Virginia, the Department of Health has monitored 279 travelers...
Gov. Ralph Northam is “taking every precaution to ensure the safety of Virginians” amidst a global outbreak of novel coronavirus, press secretary Alena Yarmosky wrote in an email on Friday.In reality, that translates to watching and waiting as experts learn more about the disease, recently named COVID-19 by the...
Only the Senate's budget includes an amendment to provide dental services under the state's Medicaid program. As lawmakers negotiate on a final spending plan, oral health advocates argue that the expanded benefits would save Virginia millions in health care costs.
A legislative proposal to conform the state’s immunization requirements to federal guidelines is advancing over outspoken opposition from a contingent of Republican lawmakers and anti-vaccine parents.The schedule of vaccines children must be given to attend school in Virginia hasn’t been updated since 2008 and, over the past decade, GOP...
House legislators finally put a dollar amount on the cost of establishing a state-run health insurance exchange — a cost met with opposition from Republican delegates.In Thursday’s largely party-line vote, lawmakers approved a budget amendment that would authorize up to $40 million in start-up funding for a state-run health...
It’s a weird word to use, but in many ways I’m lucky — lucky because I only had to watch one friend die as his HIV progressed to AIDS.It was the early 2000s, and I was still a teenager. I wasn’t out yet. I was so angry when Billy...
A bill to provide free pads and tampons to students just passed both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly. If signed by Gov. Ralph Northam, Virginia would become the fifth state to mandate menstrual supplies in schools.
After more than five years of efforts, Virginia legislators passed a bill to ban conversion therapy, a dramatic reversal from previous years.
A state agency is reporting substantial gains in addiction treatment under Virginia’s Medicaid expansion — a report that comes as lawmakers consider several budget proposals to expand the continuum of care for substance use disorders.The state unrolled new addiction treatment services in 2017, when 1,536 state residents died of...
Virginia is poised to become the 14th state to create its own health insurance exchange via two bills working their way through both chambers of the General Assembly.Filed on behalf of Gov. Ralph Northam, who endorsed new health care initiatives in a column last October, the legislation aims to...