HEALTH

When James Murdoch Sr., was living in Maryland, his family didn’t have trouble accessing care for their young son, who was diagnosed with autism when he was two.“Say you open one door, six more open after that,” Murdoch, now a Tappahannock resident, said of Maryland. “Whereas, in Virginia, it...
During the first day of a trial on a lawsuit challenging several Virginia abortion regulations, witnesses zeroed in on the safety of the medical procedure and the proficiency of non-physician clinicians.The case targets four of the state's abortion regulations, several of which have been on the books for more...
Virginia has seen 272,527 adults enroll in Medicaid under the state's expansion of the program, surpassing even its own expectations.The state estimated that fewer than 200,000 adults would be enrolled in coverage from January to June of this year, according to a report by Freddy Mejia of the Commonwealth...
High health insurance costs and high numbers of uninsured have generated political pressure to adopt a single-payer health care system.The challenge for single-payer advocates is to convince the general population that a conversion to a single-payer system will not bankrupt the government nor deprive them of quality healthcare.The solution...
Just a little over a week after deciding that non-physicians such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants should be able to provide first-trimester abortions, a federal judge on Tuesday vacated his order, saying he instead wants to hear more evidence during an upcoming trial.The case, filed by several abortion...
Update: After this story was published, the federal judge vacated his decision on Virginia's physician-only law, saying he wants to hear more evidence during trial. Read more here. News of legislatures in Georgia, Alabama and Ohio either considering or passing laws restricting access to abortions have dominated national headlines in...
Since October, about 1,000 Virginia patients have accessed either birth control or urinary-tract infection treatment from their smart phones, thanks to the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood's new app.Patients can download the app — which was developed by the national Planned Parenthood organization — and fill out a health...
When someone in Virginia has a mental health crisis and a magistrate issues a temporary detention order to involuntarily hold them for treatment, law enforcement must take them to an available hospital bed.So the patient is put in the back of a police vehicle, often handcuffed even though the...
Emily Cadden’s favorite shift is Tuesday nights. While most government employees are packing up to go home, Cadden, a health educator with the Richmond City Health District, is preparing to conduct free sexually transmitted disease tests.“A lot of patients end up thanking us for providing this service and say...
Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have made it a felony homicide to sell, distribute, manufacture or gift drugs that cause a fatal overdose.The legislation was condemned by some groups who argued it would penalize those struggling with addiction for giving or selling drugs to...