In the past year, heroin and opiate abuse has become significantly more prevalent in the Roanoke Valley – but it has not received the attention it deserves. Law enforcement and medical officials gathered in Roanoke yesterday to speak on the issue, indicating that it’s time to acknowledge and act on the detriment addiction has caused.
While states prepare for the next Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, Virginia lawmakers say they're not happy that almost a quarter of a million Virginians who are already insured are learning—or about to find out—that their current insurance policy will no longer be in effect.
Many are current individual policyholders whose health plans don't meet ACA mandates, but an effort is also underway to make policy start and end dates more uniform. Republican State Senator Frank Wagner finds this to be quite disturbing.
Ahead of President Obama’s national address tonight, Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is urging the White House to come to Congress before extending its bombing campaign against the Islamic State.
The U-S House passed a resolution condemning President Obama for swapping prisoners to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The bill was sponsored by a Virginia Republican Congressman.
Lawmakers of all stripes were surprised to learn five members of the Taliban were exchanged for Sergeant Bergdahl. Lawmakers weren’t alerted even though Congress passed a law requiring thirty days notice before the release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Congressman Rigell says that’s why the House voted to disapprove of the exchange.
The legislative panel formed to examine and help improve Virginia’s mental health system spent hours learning foundational facts about mental illnesses, treatments, how the state’s system of care works, and how it is funded.
One consensus that seems to be emerging among the joint subcommittee’s members is that there’s a disparity in services across the Commonwealth. While the multi-year study continues, panel members hope to endorse some recommendations for the next General Assembly session.
An Augusta County fifth grader is using the democratic process to try and get Chapstick allowed back into her elementary school.
Eleven-year-old Grace Karaffa was playing on the school playground when her lips started bleeding. She asked her teacher for some Chapstick but the teacher said no.
“Later that day they started to bleed again and I asked for Chapstick again and they said it was against the school policy. They said it was some sort of medicine and it’s not because it’s just a little stick of vasoline.”
More than 200,000 Virginians —most without insurance— could access healthcare services under an executive plan announced today by Governor McAuliffe.
The 10-step program is called “A Healthy Virginia” and does not require General Assembly approval. The governor aims to secure as many federal dollars as possible—instead of funding the entire plan through the state budget.
Thirteen years ago I was a teacher in a classroom of sixth graders in Culpeper, Virginia, an hour from Washington, D.C. When the first plane flew into the towers, I was notified by the principal, in subdued tones at the classroom doorway, of the unfolding tragedy, our voices lost in the din of migrating desks and exploding backpacks. I was instructed not to inform students of that morning's events. I knew that at least one child had a father working at the Pentagon.
Watchdog groups say Virginia lawmakers are blurring the line between their campaigns and official duties as representatives.
To see what lawmakers send voters with your tax dollars you have to go to the basement of a House office building. Photos are banned. Only black and white copies leave the sparse room. The privilege of elected office is dubbed franked mail – even though lawmakers now use it to buy Facebook, Twitter and Google ads. Lawmakers are alerted each time a reporter, researcher or political opponent asks to see what they’ve sent voters.