HEALTH

It’s been more than 20 years since Michel Burke-Barnes and Margaret Burke last saw their brother. But in that time, they thought and prayed about him a lot. They wondered: Was he okay? Was somebody taking care of him?They knew he was living at Jones & Jones Assisted Living...
A group of lawmakers is weighing whether teachers merit an extra level of protection during child abuse investigations.For most cases, an allegation is considered founded if child protective services investigators determine that the alleged abuse or neglect actually occurred based on the available evidence.But if the alleged act took...
The fraught debate over medical aid in dying —or what some opponents refer to as physician-assisted suicide — has landed in Virginia.The state's Joint Commission on Health Care just completed a report on the issue, at the request of Del. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax, which is currently up for public...
Virginia's Department of Medical Assistance Services has completed a draft of the state's Medicaid work requirement proposal, which is now open for public comment before it goes to the federal government for approval.But when they were briefed on the work requirement during a meeting Thursday, Republican members of the...
A new statewide survey conducted by the University of Mary Washington shows that more Virginians support Medicaid expansion than ever before.The survey, based on telephone interviews with 801 Virginia adults, found that 76 percent support expansion, 18 percent oppose it and the remaining 6 percent are uncertain.The highest approval...
Virginia's 120 local social services departments are on the front lines when determining eligibility for benefit programs like Medicaid, and they're trying to prepare for the wave of applicants they'll likely see once Medicaid expansion hits the state in January.That could be a daunting task, though, as the state's...
Based on the experiences of other states, about 50 percent of Virginia's newly eligible Medicaid expansion population — about 200,000 people — could have behavioral health or substance-use diagnoses.In a presentation he made to the Joint Commission on Health Care on Tuesday, Dr. Daniel Carey, secretary of health and...
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,...