HEALTH

If a cigarette is unlit, it won’t do you any harm, said Keith Andes, president of the Richmond Association of Firefighters.“But the moment you light that cigarette — or the moment you enter that burning building — all kinds of chemicals are now affecting you," Andes said.Andes was...
As Virginia has grappled with the ongoing opioid epidemic, the overwhelming need for treatment has made room for cash clinics and pill mills to squeeze through loopholes that the state is trying to close.Southwest Virginia especially has been seeing cases where doctors require patients to pay cash for both...
The sudden swell of support in Virginia's legislature to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and nicotine vapor products from 18 to 21 achieved lift off Wednesday, with two bills comfortably passing their respective committees in the House and Senate.The legislation received support from not only Altria, the...
Mark Llobell has put countless miles on his car driving between Virginia Beach and Richmond since his grandson, Mark Llobell III, was diagnosed with autism at age 2.The older Llobell has spent 12 years lobbying lawmakers to expand autism coverage. This year, he’s closer than he’s ever been to...
Two bills aimed at addressing both the state's psychiatric hospital crisis and mental health in schools passed easily through their respective committees Thursday, while a subcommittee punted on another designed to expand teachers' ability to recognize mental illness.Virginia's psychiatric hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients under temporary detention orders,...
The struggle over balance billing spilled into lawmakers laps on Thursday, leaving them to tussle over who should have to pay the bills that would otherwise go to patients. And they didn't get far.Balance billing occurs when patients, usually unknowingly, gets a bill from a provider that they thought...
Adrian worked a full-time job and he received health insurance through Medicaid. As it turns out, that’s a pretty common story. For every 15 Americans on Medicaid, nine of them already have a job, according to the latest data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Two people have an illness or...
Virginia's lawmakers were smacked with an unexpected $462.5 million Medicaid bill in November that they have to pay in the biennial budget, and now they're debating how to stop it from happening again.The nearly half-billion dollar shortfall is mostly rooted in the state's overly optimistic estimate of how much money...
Earlier this year, lawmakers warned representatives from Virginia's hospitals and health plans that if they didn't find a solution to balance billing, the General Assembly would.And with a handful of bills filed, legislators appear eager to tackle the problem head-on this session.Balance billing occurs when an out-of-network provider bills...
WASHINGTON — Virginia Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are trying to ensure pensions and health care benefits for coal miners at risk of losing them. The senators last week introduced the American Miners Act of 2019 along with several of their Democratic colleagues. Their legislation aims to shore up...