Stories tagged: "healthcare"

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Over 20,000 Virginians Lose Medicaid Coverage a Month Into Unwinding

Since the start of April, over 20,000 Virginians have lost Medicaid coverage as part of the state’s return to normal enrollment following the end of the COVID-19 federal public health emergency.  For the past three years, anyone who was enrolled in Medicaid was allowed to keep their coverage regardless of whether or not they still met eligibility requirements.

A sign outside a clinic that provides abortions in Richmond, Va. (Sarah Vogelsong / Virginia Mercury)
56% of Virginia Abortions Were Performed Via Medication in 2021

According to data from the Virginia Department of Health, 56% of the roughly 17,000 induced terminations of pregnancy — the state’s legal term for abortion — that occurred in the state in 2021 were the result of medication. 

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Black Women Are 3 Times More Likely to Die Due to Pregnancy—and the Problem Isn’t Improving

Black Maternal Health Week is a reminder of the devastating impacts of structural racism. These Virginia lawmakers have proposed real solutions to help.

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150 Million Americans Are at Risk of Losing Free Preventive Healthcare. What Does That Mean for You?

A recent ruling by a federal judge means that for 150 million Americans, insurance companies may no longer have to pay for important health care services like cancer screenings, heart disease screenings, prenatal care, and treatments to help prevent diseases like HIV.

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Expanded Telehealth Services Are ‘Here to Stay’ in Virginia as Public Health Emergency Ends

As the federal public health emergency spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic expires this May, so will waivers that expanded the amount of health care services patients can access through telehealth. 

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, in Washington, as Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of Calif., applaud. (Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
‘A Blue-Collar Blueprint to Rebuild America’: 7 Takeaways From Biden’s State of the Union

Biden’s blueprint includes several recently passed laws which are expected to create millions of good-paying jobs in construction, manufacturing, and other sectors. 

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Millions of Americans Could Lose Medicaid Coverage Later This Year When the COVID-19 Emergency Ends. Here’s What You Need to Know.

The Biden administration announced recently that the U.S. will no longer be in a COVID-19 emergency as of May 11, which means that an estimated five to 14 million Americans could lose access to health insurance via Medicaid.