Virginia’s population might grow over the next decade, but it could be slower than it’s been in the past, according to population projections by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.
President Donald Trump’s administration is currently considering changing how the federal poverty line is calculated, which could mean thousands in Virginia might lose access to medical and food assistance programs.
With 48 beds, the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents has been forced to adjust to the reality that more children and teens are being admitted for treatment involuntarily through temporary detention orders.
Every week, Virginia Mercury will bring you a sampling of the legislation left on the cutting room floor, either failing to report or done in by other genteel euphemisms of the legislature: “gently laid on the table” or “passed by indefinitely.”
A bill would prohibit a health plan from denying coverage that they’d otherwise provide because a person’s sex assigned at birth or gender identity is different from "the one to which such health services are ordinarily or exclusively available."
The legislation received support from not only Altria, the Richmond-based tobacco giant, but also from a lineup of medical groups, including the Medical Society of Virginia, the Virginia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Virginia Nurses Association.
The shortfall is mostly rooted in the state’s overly optimistic estimate of how much money it would save by putting its most expensive members into a new health plan, called Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus.