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A Virginia child advocacy organization has a new take on "No Child Left Behind"—that is, making sure all children in Virginia have health insurance.

And while that is possible right now, Voices for Virginia's Children says that could change in the very near future if federal lawmakers don't act.

The good news, according to Voices' Margaret Nimmo Crowe, is that Virginia’s rate of uninsured children is 5.4% — which is relatively low. However there are still more than 100,000 children in Virginia who are uninsured.

Many Virginians don't have health insurance,  but that number is dwarfed by those who can't afford oral health care.

Because poor dental hygiene also leads to other health problems, Virginia lawmakers are now studying the most feasible ways to address the problem.

While states prepare for the next Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, Virginia lawmakers say they're not happy that almost a quarter of a million Virginians who are already insured are learning—or about to find out—that their current insurance policy will no longer be in effect.


Many are current individual policyholders whose health plans don't meet ACA mandates, but an effort is also underway to make policy start and end dates more uniform. Republican State Senator Frank Wagner finds this to be quite disturbing.

Governor Proposes Limited Healthcare Expansion Plan

Sep 8, 2014

More than 200,000 Virginians —most without insurance— could access healthcare services under an executive plan announced today by Governor McAuliffe. 

The 10-step program is called “A Healthy Virginia” and does not require General Assembly approval.  The governor aims to secure as many federal dollars as possible—instead of funding the entire plan through the state budget.

photo by Beverly Amsler

People with chronic diseases are always looking for new ways to relieve their symptoms and possibly find a cure.  And more patients are turning to functional medicine to find new avenues for treatment.  While there are several such clinics operating in Central and Northern Virginia, a new medical practice is opening in Southwestern Virginia that focuses on the whole patient.