Health and Medicine en Medical Expenses & Tax Breaks <p></p><p>With people still adjusting to their insurance policies and premiums under the Affordable Care Act, now might not be the ideal time to tell Virginians that sales taxes associated with some health procedures, prescriptions, and even Band Aids could be passed on to them.&nbsp; But that was one of the issues the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:17:40 +0000 Tommie McNeil 24813 at Medical Expenses & Tax Breaks VA Lawmakers Propose Two New Veteran Care Centers <p>State money originally earmarked to renovate the state capitol in Richmond, may be used for funding of two new veteran care centers.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Earlier this summer, Governor Terry McAuliffe cancelled a planned $300 million dollar Capitol complex renovation, citing more pressing needs in the state.</p><p>Now, Republicans in the house would like to use that money to fund the state’s share of two new veteran nursing homes, one in Hampton another in Northern Virginia.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:20:40 +0000 Lisa Fenderson 24661 at VA Lawmakers Propose Two New Veteran Care Centers VA's Mental Health Initiative Moves Forward <p>A new General Assembly panel is vowing to conduct a thorough review of Virginia’s mental health system, while not shielding any “sacred cows” in the process.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Century held its inaugural meeting… and began by examining how the Commonwealth’s system is faring—then comparing it to other states. Members already seem determined to make reforms. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:59:34 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 24660 at VA's Mental Health Initiative Moves Forward Studying the Teen Brain <p>Even though every adult today was once a teenager, the teen brain remains a mystery to almost everyone.&nbsp; Especially when it comes to risk taking.&nbsp;&nbsp; What makes some teens daredevils and others, not-so-much?</p><p>That’s what psychologists at The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute will be looking into in a new study that will last three years.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:13:41 +0000 Robbie Harris 24481 at Studying the Teen Brain Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers <p></p><p>When people hear about the “Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine” in Floyd County, they sometimes look surprised and ask, “What’s that doing here? Not only is it serving a local clientele, it’s also working to create a network of farmers raising certified traditional Chinese herbs to supply a growing sector in health care.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:40:30 +0000 Robbie Harris 24122 at Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers