Health and Medicine

Law & Crime
7:22 am
Tue October 29, 2013

ACA Not Immune to Identity Thefts

The Virginia Attorney General’s office is warning consumers that scams to entice people as they seek to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are cropping up around the U.S.  

It was also Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor, who was the first to challenge the Affordable Care in Act in Federal Court.  He maintains the law is unconstitutional.

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Journalist Martin Spinelli
12:41 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

After the Crash

In recent days we’ve been bringing you several stories about end of life care, about hospice, and about healing.  And today, we have another one….as sometimes there are “watershed moments” where our purpose in life suddenly becomes crystal clear. 

That happened to Martin Spinelli, a Virginia Tech graduate and former WVTF reporter,  after his wife died and his son was seriously injured in a traffic accident.  Spinelli has written about the crash in a personal memoir.

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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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