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Government & Politics
12:19 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

VA’s Gov. Praises SCOTUS Decision

Governor Terry McAuliffe is  praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold federal health care subsidies, and he’s renewing his push for Medicaid expansion.

 

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The Walk to Washington
11:07 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Rural Hospitals at Risk

Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources lends an ear to a grassroots organization protesting the possible closure of 283 rural hospitals across the country, including the Commonwealth.

Dr. Jennifer Lee said it's yet another reason why she believes Medicaid expansion could be the answer.

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Health & Medicine
5:13 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Investigating the Rising Cost of Medicaid

JLARC members discussing their Medicaid study.
Credit Anne Marie Morgan

Medicaid accounts for more than one-fifth of the state budget, and the General Assembly’s watchdog agency wants to understand the reasons why.  The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has launched a two-year investigation into what’s driving up the program’s costs—and whether those costs can be reigned in.

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Health & Medicine
4:32 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

More Access to Dental Care

Gov. McAuliffe announces dental benefits at the VCU School of Dentistry.

The state’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs have traditionally authorized dental services for enrollees up to the age of 21. But one group of adults will now have access to dental care under a new program announced by Governor McAuliffe.

The governor said the state has extended dental benefits to 45,000 low-income pregnant women.

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General Assembly
4:18 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Lawmakers Consider "Right to Try" for Terminally Ill Patients

Aimee Hardy advocates for the legislation.

Patients with a terminal illness would have expanded access to investigational drugs under Senate legislation that has been given preliminary approval by the House of Delegates. 

The bill would allow manufacturers to supply the medicine when all other treatment options have been exhausted. The legislation—which has been dubbed the “Right to Try” bill—was inspired by a young boy in the Commonwealth who fought for access to an investigational drug last year.

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