Hospitals here in Virginia are sounding the alarm – warning state lawmakers that they’ll be in big financial trouble if the legislature does not expand Medicaid.
The Affordable Care Act set out to provide health care coverage for almost everyone. Only undocumented residents were left out. The bill promised affordable health insurance, and for those who made too little money, states were supposed to expand their Medicaid programs, and the federal government would pick up the tab.
While some parents may not realize it, the difference between taking home a healthy bundle of joy from the hospital and a child who may suffer from a lifetime of health complications … is a prick on the heel, about five drops of blood, and a team of scientists. It’s the newborn screening that every child born in the Commonwealth goes through. Affected parents and medical professionals on Friday quietly celebrated a medical milestone. . .
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.
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.