HEALTH

A new statewide survey conducted by the University of Mary Washington shows that more Virginians support Medicaid expansion than ever before.The survey, based on telephone interviews with 801 Virginia adults, found that 76 percent support expansion, 18 percent oppose it and the remaining 6 percent are uncertain.The highest approval...
Virginia's 120 local social services departments are on the front lines when determining eligibility for benefit programs like Medicaid, and they're trying to prepare for the wave of applicants they'll likely see once Medicaid expansion hits the state in January.That could be a daunting task, though, as the state's...
Based on the experiences of other states, about 50 percent of Virginia's newly eligible Medicaid expansion population — about 200,000 people — could have behavioral health or substance-use diagnoses.In a presentation he made to the Joint Commission on Health Care on Tuesday, Dr. Daniel Carey, secretary of health and...
The State Corporation Commission's Bureau of Insurance has recovered more than $3.4 million worth of benefits and savings so far this year through complaint investigations, managed care appeals and market conduct examinations, according to a news release.Two of the bureau's divisions — Life and Health and Property and Casualty...
The state's Department of Health, along with local departments in Fairfax and Arlington counties, are sending 35 public health nurses to North Carolina to provide emergency shelters with medical support in the wake of Hurricane Florence, which has so far killed 23 people.The first 22 nurses left Virginia on...
The state treated Elmo Augustus Reid's hepatitis C once before. It didn't work.An inmate at the Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, Reid was treated in 2013 once he had fibrosis, or scarring, on his liver. He was given drugs that had been used to treat hepatitis C for years,...
Cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have been rising in Virginia and across the country, with data showing sharp increases in these sexually-transmitted diseases year-over-year since 2013.And so far this year, that trend has yet to stop, according to Virginia's preliminary 2018 data.Already the state has more gonorrhea cases...
New U.S. Census Bureau data shows Virginia's uninsured rate held steady in 2017 at 8.8 percent, according to the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a Richmond nonprofit policy research group.The figures represent a total 3.5 percent reduction in the uninsured rate since 2013, just before the Affordable Care Act...
Joining a growing list of counties and cities in Virginia, the city of Virginia Beach filed a lawsuit today against the drug companies it claims are responsible for the opioid epidemic gripping the state.The city follows in the footsteps of more than a dozen other Virginia localities, mostly in...
For swimmers at Lake Anna, summer ended early this year.The lake, located about an hour northwest of Richmond, has been home to algae blooms that can cause rashes and gastrointestinal illness, particularly in the northern Pamunkey and North Anna branches in Orange, Louisa and Spotsylvania counties. A bloom was...