Tag: Health Care

Researchers work to bring health care into sync with internal clocks

Many patients choose to end treatment early and risk the return of their cancer rather than suffer such a dramatic detriment to their quality of life.


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Clinton campaign critical of Sanders Medicare-for-all plan

The Hillary Clinton campaign is criticizing Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all-plan for failing to prioritize military veterans.


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How to take advantage of growing health care opportunities in Augusta

The health care industry is strong in Augusta. In fact, it is the county’s third-largest industry, behind government and manufacturing.


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ACLU commends first steps toward a public health approach to drug use

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today noted with appreciation passage of legislation that moves Virginia toward recognizing drug use as a public health issue that requires a public health solution.


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Students to compete for $40,000 in revamped UVA Entrepreneurship Cup

Nine business concepts formulated by students or student teams will square off Friday in the final competition of the UVA Entrepreneurship Cup, to be held in the Great Hall of Garrett Hall.


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McAuliffe convenes summit on expanding healthcare access for Virginia veterans

Governor Terry McAuliffe convened a Summit on Veterans Health Care Access on Monday, bringing together top leaders to work together on improving the availability of services to Virginia’s nearly 800,000 veterans.


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Progressives offer bipartisan plan for healthcare? Not quite

The Center for American Progress released a healthcare reform plan in Septebmer it claimed should draw bipartisan support because it includes Republican ideas. The first four words of an Associated Press article reporting on the plan were “Borrowing a Republican idea.”


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Bob Goodlatte: Protecting your healthcare plan

If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it. Right? Well, despite President Obama’s promises that under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, you could keep your healthcare plan, millions of Americans have discovered that is simply not true.


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Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership praises Tom Rust’s Medicaid expansion

The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership today credited Delegate Tom Rust for introducing the Virginia Health Care Independence Act.


Biomedicine grad students deepen compassion through cross-cultural stints

The two-year-old MA in biomedicine program at Eastern Mennonite University is designed to teach its students to look at biomedicine from a broad, multi-faceted perspective.


Elder Rage: How to survive caring for aging parents

For eleven years I pleaded with my ‘challenging’ elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but he always insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired soon sighed in exasperation, ‘Jacqueline, I just can’t work with your father. His temper is impossible to handle and he’s not going to accept help until he’s on his knees himself.’


Urban Tree Workshop to be held in Waynesboro

The 19th annual Waynesboro Plant Health Care for Urban Trees Workshop will take place September 12th, and registration for the popular workshop is now open.


Blues for a Cure to benefit pancreatic cancer research at UVA

The Sedalia Blues Society and Central Virginia Blues Society are hosting an evening of blues and roots music Sunday to support pancreatic cancer research at the UVA School of Medicine. The acoustic blues review will feature jump blues, country blues, Piedmont blues, Delta blues, North Mississippi blues and other varieties.


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Group calls for investigation of Puckett resignation

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called for an investigation into whether former State Sen. Phillip P. Puckett violated federal and state anti-corruption laws by resigning from office in exchange for a job appointment.


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American National University’s Harrisonburg campus to hold career fairs

The Harrisonburg Campus of American National University (www.an.edu; 540-432-0943), located at 1515 Country Club Road, will host two upcoming career fairs. The events are free and open to the public.


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Virginia House Democrats announce 2014 legislative agenda

The Virginia House Democratic Caucus announced its priorities for the 2014 legislative session on Thursday.


Staunton Senior Center began SAIL assessments

Anna Stell, Marketing Representative for Interim Health Care and health program presenter at Staunton Senior Center, arrived at noon on Monday, Jan. 6 ready to assist Lori Pullin, Program Director for SSC, with Stay Active & Independent for Life (SAIL) assessments.


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Robert Hurt: Working to allow Americans to keep their healthcare plans

Last week, the House approved legislation to allow Fifth District families to keep their healthcare policies in 2014. H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act, passed the House with bipartisan support. Millions of Americans have received notification that their health plans have been cancelled as a result of the President’s health care overhaul.


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House Republicans kick up heat on ObamaCare

The House voted 261-157 on Friday to pass legislation styled the Keep Your Health Plan Act, which would allow insurers to keep offering individual health coverage plans in 2014 that don’t meet the minimum requirements of ObamaCare.


Medicare Open Enrollment Insurance Counseling

You’ve heard about Medicare’s Annual Election Period — sometimes it’s called “the open season” or “open enrollment.” Here are responses to Frequently Asked Questions about a free program that can provide guidance.


Eleanor Hinton Hoytt: African Americans want access to reproductive health care

As a long-time reproductive justice advocate, I have spent the better part of my career working to ensure that women, regardless of income or background, have access to the care that they need. For me, Women’s History Month provides a perfect opportunity to take stock of the work that still needs to be done so that women and girls can claim agency over their own destinies.


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Unions unveil new TV ad blasting Allen on health care

Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) launched a new television ad in the Washington, D.C., media market hitting Republican Senate nominee George Allen’s record on health care.


Report: Virginia consumers save big on health care

American consumers have saved an estimated $2.1 billion on health insurance premiums as a result of two important provisions of ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act) that protect consumers from excessive premiums.


Ray Woosley, David Feigal and Carl Peck: Which party has a platform plank for more health and less healthcare?

The 2012 Democratic and Republican Party platforms spell out what party leaders believe will address the needs of the American people. However, will they include a plank that acknowledges and addresses the fact that our nation spends more than all others on medical research and healthcare yet still has one of the highest infant mortality […]


Virginia Organizing thanks Anthem CEO for health care rebate

Virginia Organizing delivered a thank-you to Anthem’s CEO for a rebate check and asked for his support of Medicaid expansion in Virginia


Occupy Staunton hosts forum on health care

Occupy Staunton is hosting a forum on the Affordable Health Care Act at the Staunton Public Library on Tuesday, June 12, at 7 p.m


Nomination in hand, Schmookler challenges Goodlatte

The ink is barely dry on the paperwork, but Andy Schmookler isn’t wasting any time making the most out of his campaign’s latest accomplishment. “In the weeks and months ahead, I will be increasing my public challenges of Bob Goodlatte,” Schmookler wrote to his supporters in an email announcing he had secured the Democratic nomination […]


Schmookler submits ballot petitions

The Andy Schmookler for Congress campaign faced an unusual challenge, and met it with room to spare. Candidates seeking to be on a congressional primary ballot in Virginia must gather 1,000 signatures from registered voters in the district. While most candidates began gathering signatures Jan. 1, the decision to hold a Democratic primary in the […]


Robert Hurt: The president’s health-care law

My many stops and meetings throughout the Fifth District have painted a clear picture of the concerns Fifth District Virginians have regarding the most pressing issues facing our country today. At the top of that list is the President’s health care law. These policies put forth in Washington have very real effects on Central and […]


March 2012 SWAC Breakfast features Schmookler

Last month the SMAC Breakfast heard from Republican candidate Karen Kwiatkowski, and next month we will hear from Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Continuing the Sixth District Congressional Candidate Series, this month we will hear from the Democratic candidate, Andy Schmookler. Bring your questions and come hear what his ideas are for the future of the […]


Robert Hurt: The president’s health-care law-two years later

As I continue meeting and talking with citizens across the Fifth District, it remains clear that too many are suffering not only from the President’s economic policies, but also from the budget-busting policies put forth in the government takeover of health care that was signed into law nearly two years ago today. Just this past […]


Andy Schmookler: The Challenger

In this corner, weighing in at 155 pounds, the challenger, Andy Schmookler. Cue up the theme from “Rocky” here, right? “I’m going up against a guy who’s been sitting in that seat for 20 years. So I’m the challenger in the ‘Rocky’ sense. But I’m also going to be the challenger in another sense,” said […]


Warner talks health care

Mark Warner had just said that Congress won’t be able to come up with a solution to federal-budget and national-debt issues until both Republicans and Democrats put some “skin in the game” to work toward a compromise solution. A member of the audience at the Waynesboro YMCA put those words back at the centrist Democrat, […]


Andy Schmookler: Shutdown

Republicans push themselves as patriots, but something about the claim and the way they act bothers Andy Schmookler. “In the last year-plus, three times they have basically threatened to do something that would be bad for the country if they weren’t given their demands met. A patriot doesn’t say, Meet my demands, or I’ll blow […]


Andy Schmookler: Global warming

Is global warming a real reason for concern? Sixth District Democratic congressional candidate Andy Schmookler doesn’t pretend to be an expert in climate science. He is smart enough to look at what those who are have to say. “There are people who have been told that the way science works is that we have essentially […]


Andy Schmookler: Health care

American consumers pay more than 17 percent of their annual national income on health care, roughly two times more than comparable Western democracies – with measured outcomes in the range of some Third World countries. Andy Schmookler is among those who has a problem with this dichotomy. “I was brought up to believe that one […]


Constance Birch: Health care costs

Who should pay for health care? How can we bring down the cost of health care? If your employer pays for your health care, I am happy for you.  If you think that each of us should pay for his/her own health care, you need read no further. Fewer employers are offering health care and those […]


Jim Lindsay: GOP solutions on health care?

For all the rhetoric from the newly elected Republican House members on repealing the health care law, we hear absolutely nothing about their solutions to our health care crisis. I have not heard one politician who talks of repeal propose a single viable solution to fix our dysfunctional insurance system. Maybe the Republicans offer no […]


Jim Lindsay: Reform cannot come too soon

Thanks to health care reform, things will begin to get a lot better in our communities as the initial phase of consumer protections kicked in last week. Having doubts? Maybe you should ask the parents of children with pre-existing conditions who can no longer be denied coverage, or young adults without insurance who can now […]


David Reynolds: Births and boards

Column by David Reynolds Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   “We held on as long as we could,” was the announcement. It came as no surprise. There were numerous warnings to soften this latest blow to our proud past. Still no one was happy. Parents, particularly mothers, were angry. They wanted time as much as money […]


Austin Gisriel: Pragmatism and politics

Column by Austin Gisriel Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   What works? The American people still believe in this most basic American value, even if American politicians have abandoned it. Pragmatism is, perhaps, the quintessential American value, and it essentially defines the growing political center. It is why even people who generally approve of the recently […]


David Cox: What’s bad for the goose …

Column by David Cox Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   Barack Obama’s signature on the health-care bill had hardly dried before Virginia’s attorney general, Kenneth Cuccinelli, filed suit declaring that requiring individuals to buy insurance is beyond the scope of federal power. He follows the thinking of the General Assembly’s first-in-the-nation bipartisan exemption of state residents […]


Bob Goodlatte: The wrong prescription for America

Column by Bob Goodlatte www.house.gov/goodlatte   Just days ago President Obama signed into law sweeping health care reform legislation pushed by Congressional Democrats that will dramatically impact every family, taxpayer and small business in America. As I have said time and time again, this monstrosity, which I voted against, amounts to a big government takeover […]


GOP candidates press Perriello – and each other

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello is facing a full-court press from the Republicans gunning for the chance to knock him off in November. The press might work better if the GOP’ers weren’t trying at the same time to steal the ball from each other. “My opponent Jim McKelvey put […]


The new, new conventional wisdom on health care

Report by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net    Jody Grogan thought, like a lot of hardcore health-care reform advocates, that Congress was thisclose to passing … something. “I’m one of these real cynics about Congress now,” said Grogan, a retired teacher who lives in Staunton, and worked locally last summer as an organizer on the reform effort, […]


Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing

Howard Dean, Tim Kaine, Vince Lombardi, and a guy named Phil Bengston Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net When the football team starts losing games, the fan base tends to start getting antsy, and when the losses compound into a losing season, you can start hearing calls for the coach’s head. Politics isn’t unlike football in […]


Lawmaker Dispatches

Featuring: Randy Forbes, Tom Perriello, Robert Hurt, Kaye Kory Randy Forbes: National Dialogue www.forbes.house.gov Ask a teacher, and they will most likely tell you that one of the quickest ways to kill classroom discussion is for one strong-willed student to monopolize the conversation. A long-winded or uncomfortably impassioned monologue inevitably polarizes viewpoints. Conversation shuts down, […]


Poll: Dems damned if they do, damned if they don’t on health-care reform

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net A new Public Policy Polling survey seems to buttress the case that Democrats might be well-advised to go ahead and pass a health-care reform package – because the majority party seems destined to at least lose seats and possibly its upper hand in Congress whether they pass a reform […]


Democrats: Where do you go from here?

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net You talk to one Democrat, and the party definitely, no question, needs to restrategize toward the middle. The blowback from voters in Massachusetts is an obvious clear signal. The nation isn’t comfortable with the direction things had been headed on health care and the stimulus. Time to pull things […]


Marrow: Obama, Dems no better than GOP

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net See if you can guess who updated their Facebook status this way over the weekend. “A year later is has become abundantly clear that Obama and the dems are no better than bush and his republican sleaze. They are all corporate wh@#es, liars and thieves. The only difference is […]