Dogwood Daily: Insulin payments capped at $50

By Arianna Coghill

March 6, 2020

Welcome to today’s edition of the Dogwood Daily. We’ve got a round-up of all of today’s Virginia news coming right up.

But first…

Honey, I’m home!” took on a whole new meaning when an 8-foot-long beehive was removed from the ceiling of a Virginia apartment. The humongous hive was capable of housing anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 bees, but was not “fully occupied” when the discovery was made. –Fox 5

Five things you need to know today …

  1. House Passes a Historic Renewable Energy Bill- A renewable energy bill that could make Virginia a national leader in addressing climate change passed the House on Thursday. The Virginia Clean Economy Act creates a path toward zero carbon emissions by 2045, completely changing the way that Virginia utilities generate electricity.  The could potentially create thousands of jobs through the use of wind generation, solar generation and battery storage technology. –The Associated Press

  2. Virginia is Set to Raise Gas Taxes- Virginia lawmakers have come to an agreement on a transportation funding proposal that will double the gas tax in certain parts of the state. Lawmakers also rejected Gov. Ralph Northam’s request to eliminate annual vehicle safety inspections. A 5-cent per gallon increase in the gas tax is scheduled to happen every two years; meaning that the gas tax in some parts of the state will jump from 16 cents to 34 cents a gallon. – WTOP

  3. Virginia General Assembly Caps Insulin Prices to $50 a Month- Virginia insurers are now limited to cap their insulin prices at a maximum of $50 a month, including deductibles and copays. Proposed by Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), the Senate bill’s $50 ceiling is said to be the lowest in the country. According to reports from Business Insider, insulin prices have tripled over the last decade and nationwide accounts of patients dying due to rationing their insulin. –Virginia Mercury

  4. How One Virginia School System Is Getting Ready For Coronavirus-The continued spread of coronavirus throughout the United States has prompted schools around the country to close. No cases have been confirmed yet in Virginia, but it might not stay that way for long: Maryland declared a state of emergency Thursday after identifying three Covid-19 cases in Montgomery County, just outside of Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. We spoke with officials at Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) to get an idea of how they are preparing for a potential outbreak, including how they’ll determine if it’s necessary to close local schools. –Dogwood

  5. Attorney General Herring Warns Virginia Residents of Coronavirus Scams- Attorney General Mark Herring urged Virginians to be vigilant of coronavirus related scams, including the sale of products that claim to prevent the virus or spread misinformation about the virus. Attorney General Herring warned that scammers will often “take advantage of natural disasters and public health fears to make a quick buck.” Residents who have any questions or concerns are urged to contact Herring’s Consumer Protection Section at 800-552-9963. –NBC 12
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