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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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