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In Virginia, 92,136 People Sign Up For Coverage In The First Month Of The Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment

November 30, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced today that over 2.1 million people selected plans using the HealthCare.gov platform since Open Enrollment began on Nov. 1, including 92,136 in Virginia.

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Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared A Public Health Emergency In Virginia

November 21, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP, has declared the Virginia opioid addiction crisis a Public Health Emergency.

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Virginia Health Care Community Collaborates On Antibiotic Stewardship Efforts

November 14, 2016

Antibiotic resistance is a challenge for health care providers and patients. It is estimated that at least two million Americans each year become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, leading to 23,000 deaths.

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Drug Disposal Kits Now Available Throughout Virginia

November 10, 2016

Beginning today, Virginians with excess or unused prescription opioids or other drugs can pick up a drug deactivation kit at one of dozens of locations throughout the Commonwealth. Attorney General Mark R. Herring secured the donation of 80,000 drug deactivation kits capable of safely disposing of 3.6 million leftover prescription pills as part of his comprehensive strategy to address the heroin and prescription opioid crisis. In Alexandria, kits are being distributed at the Alexandria Health Department (4480 King Street) and the Casey Health Center (1200 N. Howard Street).

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Senior Services of Alexandria Speaker Series: “Connecting The Mind, Body And Spirit To Obtain Optimal Health”

November 7, 2016

The Nov. 17 speaker series is going to be a fun, interactive workshop talking about new approaches to healthcare challenges as we age. Mara Benner from Four Directions Wellness located in Del Ray will discuss the concept of “whole person” care and overall wellbeing.

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Health Care Sector Can Contribute More To Virginia’s Economy, New Report Says

November 4, 2016

The health care sector plays an important role in Virginia's economy. About 11% of all jobs in Virginia are in the health care and social assistance sector. And workers in the state's hospitals generate about $585 million each year in state and local taxes.

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Alexandrians Can Take Advantage of Medicare Open Enrollment Period

November 2, 2016

Now through Dec. 7 is Medicare Open Enrollment for eligible adults in Alexandria. During this period, individuals can make changes to their Medicare prescription drug plan also known as Medicare Part D, as well as change from a Medicare advantage plan back to original Medicare and sign up for Medicare Part D.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Website To Help Combat Prescription Drug And Heroin Addiction in Virginia

November 1, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the launch of www.VaAware.com, a new website developed as an informational tool for Virginia’s fight against prescription drug and heroin abuse in Virginia.

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Virginia Board Of Health Repeals, Amends Restrictions On Women’s Health Clinics

October 25, 2016

The Virginia Board of Health by a vote of 11-4 repealed or amended restrictions on women’s health clinics implemented after the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 924 in 2011.

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Virginia Department Of Health Highlights Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 24, 2016

The Virginia Department of Health encourages everyone to learn about lead poisoning and how to prevent it throughout the year, and highlights the importance of awareness during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

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