Joint Commission on Health Care
4:23 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

High Costs of Untreated Dental Problems

Untreated, preventable dental disease in Virginia leads to higher costs, temporary solutions, and poor health. 

That’s the conclusion of a study by the General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Health Care, which especially focused on the fiscal impact to the Commonwealth.  The panel is considering policy options that might be less expensive than the status quo.

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End of Life Film Project
3:26 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

A Good Day to Die

A California actress—but Roanoke native—is using her hometown and surrounding areas to shoot her next film, called A Good Day to Die, about end-of life planning. 

For more information about the October 24th End Of Life panel, or about the A Good Day to Die film project, click here.

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Music by the Bedside
8:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Music Program Makes for a Peaceful End of Life

Kate Tamarkin
Credit Cole Geddy/UVA

In western culture, the afterlife is often depicted as a place where angels rest on clouds and harps play soothing music. 

Here in Virginia, some people hear that music even before death.  A program called Music by the Bedside is making for a peaceful passing.

It’s a sunny afternoon in an old Victorian house near downtown Charlottesville, and Kate Tamarkin, conductor of the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra – is using her spare time to play the harp at Hospice of the Piedmont. 

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Government & Politics
4:43 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Study

The General Assembly panel that will decide whether and how to expand Medicaid in Virginia took a look today at the experiences of other states. 

The Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission was especially interested in cost-controlling factors, aspects that worked, and mistakes to be avoided.   The authors of research studies that crunched the numbers also attended.

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Shutdown Costs
11:19 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Political Kick the Can?

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill just ended one battle that cost Virginia countless millions of dollars, but the deal merely kicks the can down the road. 

Democrats are claiming a victory after they brokered a deal to flip the government’s light on and extend the nation’s borrowing limit. Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says the fallout of the shutdown and near default should send a message to the G-O-P. 

“Anybody who would be as reckless to try this scheme again I think needs to get their economic knowledge checked," said Warner.

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