HEALTH

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...
Between 2008 and 2017, Purdue Pharma pumped opioids into Virginia, lying about the highly addictive quality of the prescription painkillers that have resulted in a seemingly unstoppable opioid epidemic, Attorney General Mark Herring claims.Herring filed a complaint against Purdue in the Circuit Court of Tazewell County early this morning,...
ROCKY MOUNT — One of the patients the Free Clinic of Franklin County sent to Dr. Brian Alexander had a hole in the roof of her mouth.A dentist, Alexander has cared for dozens of low-income patients referred to him by the free clinic over the last several years.But that...
Since the opioid epidemic began, policy makers have been trying to stop the torrent of highly addictive painkillers that providers began pouring into the general population in the 1990s.But clamping down on prescriptions is not as simple as it might seem. As Virginia nails down regulations that could prevent...