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Commentaries & Essays
12:11 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Praise the Lord...and Pass the Crackerjacks

Deborah Lewis is a Methodist minister who works with students at the University of Virginia.  In her spare time, she enjoys quilting and shouting words of praise and damnation while watching TV.  We'll let her explain in this essay she recorded at our Charlottesville studio.

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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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