Health and Medicine

Health & Medicine
8:32 am
Thu January 23, 2014

VA Medicaid Expansion Could Cost Less Than Expected

New numbers released this week show that the state would save and not spend money, by implementing the new federal health care law. 

In a media briefing in Richmond yesterday, Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel stated that previous estimates of costs involved in implementing the affordable health care act in Virginia, are outdated and that the new numbers are based on more accurate data than was available in previous years.

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Blood Donations Needed
8:29 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Polar Vortex Leads to Blood Shortage

Last week’s polar vortex and resulting sub-freezing temperatures forced many Virginia businesses and schools to close, and many events to be cancelled or rescheduled… including a number of all-important blood drives. Now a blood shortage is a big concern.

Approximately 280 blood drives across 25 states were cancelled last week due to the extreme cold weather conditions… and THAT has the American Red Cross scrambling for blood donors and donations.  Kristen Hatfiled is with the Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Region.

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For & Against
11:59 am
Wed January 15, 2014

The Medicaid Expansion Push

One of the biggest issues for this legislative session is whether to expand Medicaid.  The Affordable Care Act assumed states would do that and offered to pay the full cost for the first three years – then scaling back to 90% over the next seven years.  

About half the states – including Virginia – refused, and that means about 190,000 people in the Commonwealth will still be without medical coverage.  Governor McAuliffe is pushing for expansion of Medicaid, but Republicans are pushing back with some surprising proposals.

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Model Mental Health Program
11:41 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Community Mental Health Center

It’s five times more expensive to care for people with mental illness in a hospital than in the community, so it makes financial sense that the governor’s proposed budget contains more money for a model mental health program designed to keep people out of hospitals. 

When individuals or families face a mental health crisis in and around Charlottesville, help is just a phone call away.  Region Ten’s Emergency Services are available 24/7.  Patients with serious depression, schizophrenia and other mental illness are welcomed at the community mental health center

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A Good NIght's Sleep is Possible
8:07 am
Thu December 26, 2013

VA Author Hopes Her Book Will "Put You to Sleep"

So are you one of the nine million Americans who’s resorted to prescription sleeping pills in order to get a good night’s sleep?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, insomnia appears to be a growing problem for many of us, but there’s now a new tool ON THE BOOKSHELF to help us sleep a little bit better.

“The Great Sleep Checklist” is written by a Virginia woman after years of tossing and turning.

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