HEALTH

More than a year has passed since video of Del. Kathy Tran, D-Fairfax, attempting to explain her ultimately unsuccessful, controversial late-term abortion bill ignited a furor. But outrage was still fresh at Virginia’s second March for Life rally, where many anti-abortion activists cited the legislation as their reason for...
A cold war over how to stop surprise medical bills in Virginia has been dragging on for years.On one side are insurance companies. On the other are doctors and hospitals. Trapped in the middle are patients, who get stuck with expensive medical bills after finding out after the fact...
By Timothy Stoltzfus JostLike many Virginia Democrats, I worked hard to elect Democrats last fall and rejoiced when we flipped both the House of Delegates and Senate.  Like many Virginia voters, high among my priorities was protecting Virginians from President Trump’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  I...
By Julie SwansonLouise, who's worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years, says she's seen "servers come to the restaurant while sick, serve tables, throw up in the bathroom, wash their hands and continue serving.”  Louise, who has been working for 10 years in the hospitality industry in Virginia,...
By Terry WhiteI attended the State of the Union on Tuesday as Sen. Mark Warner’s invited guest. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I am grateful for the opportunity. I never expected to be in a room with the most powerful people in our government; however, it also helped...
Virginia lawmakers are deferring a push to allow Virginia’s nascent medical marijuana industry to provide patients with raw, smokable flowers in addition to highly processed THC and CBD oils and extracts currently allowed.Representatives of the five pharmaceutical processors licensed by the state to produce marijuana framed the expansion as...
New Democratic majorities in the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate voted this week to roll back abortion restrictions the GOP put in place in 2012 mandating an ultra-sound and 24-hour waiting period.“These restrictions were not designed to protect women, but rather to suppress their ability to make their...
Legislation that would cap insulin co-pays at $30 a month won broad bi-partisan support in the House Labor and Commerce Committee, which voted 16-1 to advance the measure for a vote before the full chamber.“We know the price of insulin has been rising fast over the past few years,”...
As the summer of 2019 gave way to autumn, a health crisis that had festered for years became frightful front-page news: children were falling gravely ill and even dying as a result of vaping, a smoke-free option once marketed as a lifesaving choice for smokers.But it quickly became the...
By Kim BoboPeople get sick. At this time of year, many of us get colds or the flu. We slip on ice. We need to take a sick day off of work to visit a doctor or care for a sick relative.But 41 percent of private sector workers in...