Health Insurance

Health Insurance & Contraceptives
5:04 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Hobby Lobby Case Sparks Legislation

Most Virginia Democrats are pushing legislation to overturn last week's Supreme Court decision allowing some companies to deny contraception to employees.

Eleven years after Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act a slim majority of the Supreme Court used the law in its ruling that four contraceptives, including two versions of the morning after pill, don’t have to be covered by health insurance if they violate the religious faith of private business owners. Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says that’s not how the Supreme Court is supposed to work.  

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Government & Politics
7:53 am
Thu May 15, 2014

More Challenges for the Affordable Health Care Act

The Affordable Health Care Act is facing yet another challenge out of Virginia. This time four residents are asking a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to invalidate the tax subsidies offered to people who purchase insurance through a federal healthcare exchange. 

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The Great Medicaid Debate
8:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Medicaid Expansion: Are There Options Beyond July 1st?

Credit wamu.org

What's next?  It's the question being asked all over the Commonwealth after some lawmakers said if Medicaid expansion isn't part of the new budget, they ARE willing to hold out BEYOND the July 1st start of the new fiscal year. One political analyst agrees that whichever side blinks first could lose ground with that constituency—but there may be an alternative. 

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Health & Medicine
4:12 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Remote Area Medical

Remote Area Medical, Wise, VA
RAM

A nonprofit organization that brings free medical care to underserved communities has announced the establishment of a state office and a permanent presence in Virginia.

“Remote Area Medical” has been offering regular, mobile clinics in Southwest Virginia that have attracted thousands of patients needing care. RAM intends to expand operations—including to other regions of the Commonwealth.

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Virginia Tech Research
4:10 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Understanding the Rising Cost of Health Care

The cost of health care has been rising faster than other sectors for decades, to the point where today, one of every five dollars is spent there.  But exactly why that is, has not been well understood, until now.  

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