HEALTH

Nonprofit Virginia hospitals are more likely to garnish patients’ wages if they do not pay their medical bills than their for-profit counterparts, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Though 36 percent of Virginia hospitals garnished wages in 2017, five hospitals, including four...
Not only are black women three times more likely than white women to suffer a pregnancy-associated death, the cause and manner of their deaths also varies widely.During a presentation to the Joint Commission on Health Care on Monday, Melanie Rouse, maternal mortality projects coordinator with the Virginia Department of...
President Donald Trump's administration is currently considering changing how the federal poverty line is calculated, which could mean thousands in Virginia might lose access to medical and food assistance programs.The poverty level, currently $12,490 for a single adult, is adjusted every year to account for inflation, but the new...
As state lawmakers prepare to reassemble in Richmond for a special session on gun control after the Virginia Beach shooting, this statistic will likely be repeated often: In Virginia, more than 1,000 people die due to gun violence every year.That equates to almost three people every day. Guns take...
A new national state health ranking places Virginia 29th in the country, though that was good enough to finish ahead of every other state in the southeast.Using 47 measures, including those related to quality and access to health care as well as income-based disparities, the newly-released Commonwealth Fund’s 2019...
Virginia's success in evading the measles this year might be at an end.Health departments in Northern Virginia are currently investigating a possible case of the highly contagious disease involving a child who traveled internationally, though the case is not related to the ongoing outbreaks in other parts of the...
On Wednesday, Virginia Medicaid members came to the program's downtown Richmond headquarters to share their experiences with the state agency that manages their care.Many represented their kids, who have physical and developmental disabilities. Some represented brothers or mothers-in-law with health problems, and still others represented themselves.This year, the Department...
Black women are three times more likely to suffer a pregnancy-related death in Virginia than white women.The racial divide in maternal mortality is a national trend that has increasingly received more attention, and on Wednesday Gov. Ralph Northam announced a new state goal of eliminating the disparity by 2025. “A...
A majority of the roughly 280,000 people who now have health care under Virginia’s expansion of Medicaid live in localities won by President Donald Trump, who campaigned on eliminating federal funding for expansion by repealing the Affordable Care Act.In 60 cities and counties, more than five percent of the...
Virginia's mental health system is struggling. It offers people seeking treatment few community resources and relies heavily on crisis care that has forced state hospitals to regularly operate dangerously close to full capacity.And children seeking treatment are facing the same problems, with one big difference. Only one state psychiatric...