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Law allowing health officials to distribute clean needles to expire in 2020

Cleared to leave Virginia’s overcrowded mental hospitals, many patients have nowhere to go

‘The pig bomb’: Feral hogs make a great meme, but they are a serious pest in Virginia

Virginia’s population growth is slowing

Virginia Medicaid zeroes in on plans to address maternal mortality

Report: Virginia’s immigrants making strong contribution to economy

In maternal mortality, causes vary significantly by race

Thousands in Virginia would lose health and food assistance under proposed change to federal poverty line

Nearly two-thirds of gun-related deaths in Va. are suicides

What’s next for children diverted away from foster care and placed with relatives?

‘They forgot about us:’ Thousands do the same work as foster parents in Va., without support

More kids being admitted to state’s psychiatric hospital for children

‘Not calling 911:’ Should drug overdose deaths be treated as felony murder?

Virginia health officials ‘sleeping with one eye open’ amid measles outbreak

Study looks to curb spending on wasteful medical services in Virginia

Groups urge governor to veto budget language they say will ‘eviscerate’ contraception program

Elder abuse, neglect on the rise in Virginia

Virginians could pay less for diapers, tampons next year

With a mental health system in crisis, lawmakers inch toward stabilization

‘A Virginia conversation’: Lawmaker proposes overhaul to state’s health care market

In memoriam at the General Assembly: Family life education; 'speculative natural gas pipelines’; housing discrimination protections

Second state board agrees to ban conversion therapy

In memoriam at the General Assembly: Regulations for hemp products, sweet treats, campaign contribution restrictions

Transgender people could see change in insurance coverage for medical services in Virginia

‘The devil is in the details:’ Some health groups oppose ‘Tobacco 21’ bills

House subcommittee kills bill aimed at helping social workers in the field

Another push for a plastic bag tax in Virginia dies

Medicaid will cost Virginia half a billion dollars more than expected

Certificate of need: A thorn in Virginia’s side for decades

State health department wants extension of needle-exchange law