Posts Tagged Health & Medicine

Officials to Provide Recommendations on Improving 911 Infrastructure

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If you or someone you cared about faced an emergency, and you needed to call for help, how would you call 911? Chances are you’d reach for your cell phone. But, as Jahd Khalil reports, aging 911 infrastructure sometimes doesn’t match up with cell technology.

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Medicaid Expansion Gets Federal Approval

virginia_flag_map_0Virginia officials announced Thursday that Medicaid Expansion is a go, and newly eligible populations will be able to sign up during this year’s open enrollment. That comes after federal officials gave the state approval last week. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia Hops on Finnish Trend and Provides ‘Baby Boxes’ to New Parents

Infant Sleep Recommendations

A nurse demonstrates a baby box in Philadelphia. The boxes are meant to encourage safe sleeping habits, in the room with an adult but not in the same bed. All new parents in Virginia will soon be eligible for a free box of their own. (Credit: AP Photo / Matt Rourke)

Parents have all heard the advice: you’re not supposed to sleep with your newborn baby. According to the CDC, in 2015, an estimated 900 infants died from preventable sleep-related accidents.

Now, Virginia is kicking off a safe sleep initiative, beginning with a unique practice that began in Finland: baby boxes.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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The Wait for New Medicare ID Cards Could Be Longer Than Expected

medical_care_card_usa_sampleIf you’re on Medicare, you’re probably carrying around an ID card that includes your Social Security number. That’s a problem that everybody in Washington says they want to fix, but it’s taking longer than some would like. Michael Pope has the story.


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Health Insurance Premiums on the Rise in Virginia


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If you purchase health care in Virginia through the Obamacare marketplace, you might want to budget out a bit more in monthly payments this year. As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, premiums are on the rise — and quickly.

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