HEALTH

In her Ashland home, which is overflowing with knickknacks and pictures of horses and dogs, Traci Jones stretches her fingers out before her and shrugs.She doesn't know exactly how many temporary-detention orders she's received, she says. But she knows it's more than she can count on both hands.For a...
For the first time in a decade, the number of children without health insurance rose nationally in 2017, a new report shows. And while Virginia's slight increase isn't statistically significant, its rate is still larger than most states that have already expanded Medicaid, suggesting Virginia could see an improvement...
After his nurse practitioner and co-conspirator pleaded guilty in September, a former physician in Woodbridge pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating a pill mill that illegally distributed more than 600,000 oxycodone pills.Shriharsh Laxman Pole, 65, voluntarily surrendered his medical license twice — in 2009 and 2013 — then turned around...
Virginia's Medicaid work requirement application is finally out of the state's hands and into the federal government's after months of work and a last-minute delay from some state Republicans.The Department of Medical Assistance Services submitted its Section 1115 waiver — which allows states to make changes to their Medicaid...
Dr. Danny Avula, director of the Richmond City Health District, spent about a year as the acting director of the Henrico County Health Department while the state tried to fill the position.But finding someone new was easier said than done.The state classifies the position of health director as a...
Less than two weeks after Virginia opened registration for its expanded Medicaid program, officials say they’ve already drawn thousands more applicants than initially anticipated.The state had expected the new program to enroll 300,000 over the next year and a half. They now expect that number to reach 375,000. The...
In each of the past two legislative sessions, the General Assembly has hit the pause button on Dominion Energy's plans to close ponds containing millions of tons of coal ash at four sites across the state.Some state lawmakers and environmental groups have pushed the reluctant utility to dig up...
As Virginia barrels toward massive changes to its Medicaid program — from expansion to the proposed work requirements — one new benefit hasn't gotten quite as much attention as others but could make a big difference for groups that provide housing services.Tucked into the 1115 demonstration waiver the state...
The Department for Medical Assistance Services had been aiming to submit its Medicaid work requirement waiver to the federal government by Nov. 4, as they were directed to do in the state budget.But the deadline came and went, and no request reached the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...
A group of lawmakers shot down proposals to allow medical-aid-in-dying, also known as physician-assisted suicide, in Virginia on Wednesday in a review of a series of legislative recommendations on health care.Del. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax, requested that the Joint Commission on Health Care study the medical-aid-in-dying debate, in which a...